Since its beginning in 2001, more than 85 dancers from the Broadway community have participated in the program. Young dancers ages 9-17 get the unique opportunity of working with Broadway professionals one-on-one.
After an audition in the Spring, 14 dancers were selected and matched with a Broadway professional whose own personality, style, and interests compliment the child- a true "Big Brother" or "Big Sister". The children meet on five Sunday evenings, working side by side with their Big Brother or Big Sister as they rehearse a production number choreographed by Lainie Munro. This year the production number will be Liza Minelli's City Lights from the Kander & Ebb musical The Act.
This year's Broadway Big Brothers and Big Sisters:
Julio Agustin, Purdie Bauman, Summer Broyhill, Tiffany Cooper, Colleen Hawks, Tari Kelly, Michelle Lookadoo, April Nixon, Gayle Holsman Seay, LaQuet Sharnell, Bret Shuford, Byron St. Cyr, Taylor Sternberg and Jen Taylor.
The Little Brothers and Sisters:
Marcellus Brown, Tristen Buettel, Mariah Eugenia Ferrante, Danielle Imbriano, Stefania Lessen, Samantha Logan, Adam Mandala, Jenny Mollet, Tareake Ramos, Cristina Rodriguez, Anthony Santos, Juliette Stewart, Maddie Warriner and Maya Wright.
Collectively, the Big Brothers and Sisters represent the following Broadway and National Touring companies:
THE LION KING
THE LITTLE MERMAID
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
MY FAIR LADY
THE BOY FROM OZ
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
NEVER GONNA DANCE
THE WHO'S TOMMY
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
BELLS ARE RINGING
THE APPLE TREE