STUDIO TO STAGE with BROADWAY CONNECTION:
Inspiration and Perspective:
Mapping out a unique 2013 – 2014 schedule with Broadway Connection at the helm.
Cheers to fall season! As our community shifts focus to the upcoming year’s schedule, we have an exciting opportunity to examine the goals, interests, and needs of our students, parents and teachers. It’s our responsibility, as proactive leaders of the dance community, to examine our current programs with the purpose of discussing and honestly acknowledge whether or not we are rejuvenating and motivating our students and teachers as artists. As a studio owner and director, this time of year is beyond thrilling. It demands the space and time to experiment, discover, and if we’re smart, to grow and expand.
Kicking off our new year, I brought Broadway Connection Artistic Director, Jennifer Jancuska, to my studio as a master teacher for our annual Summer Intensive. We found ourselves deep in conversations with attending students and parents regarding the upcoming season. Clearly, our passions feed off each other and flourished with notions of learning, experiencing, and appreciating dancers as creative artists. Everyone was undeniably inspired by the stories Jennifer shared about working professionally as a professional dancer and choreographer in theatre. Connecting my students with dancers currently working in theatre and touring to our city seemed like an obvious (and easy) educational option for the new season.
Passionate excitement is thrilling to feel, and, at times, hard to find. Thus, as the creator of Dance Exec, it became my mission to share stories, similar to Jennifer’s, to hopefully inspire your vision of the upcoming year’s possibilities. What can you do to make this your best season yet? We connected with two members of the Broadway Connection family below and hope our readers with continue the discussion by sharing feedback, questions, and ideas for the new year!
Frederic Odgaard, currently touring with We Will Rock You, found his passion for dance in a studio environment. From his studio training to his experience with varying ballet intensives, Frederic never viewed dance as a side hobby or an activity; rather, it was his way of life. His passion paid off, leading him to a professional career that includes such notable work as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Tokyo Disney, and dancing for Celine Dion (as well as many other tv, film, stage, theatre, and Cirque du Soleil credits).
From Frederic’s dance training, he learned the importance of not only educating one’s body, but also educating one’s mind. This philosophy has influenced his success today, and he brings that knowledge to his role as a master instructor with Broadway Connection. Frederic shares the Broadway Connection philosophy of inspiring people to move and create without judgment or doubt, while informing young artists and fellow colleagues about the many forms of dance through fearlessly seeking new challenges. This mission is core to young dancers’ growth, and he is exceptionally excited to share his knowledge from an array of experiences and endeavors.
Ian Liberto, currently touring with Evita, found his passion for dance in college. He attended Millikin University for Theatre and Dance and discovered his strength for dance via a scholarship to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Upon graduation, he immediately found himself working in the industry and has experience in a variety of national tours and Broadway shows, including A Chorus Line, Billy Elliot, and How to Succeed in Business.
Being thrust into an intensive training environment quickly elevated Ian’s dancing ability. He believes a variety of training opportunities and experiences are key in creating successful, well-rounded dancers. Since 2008, he has been sharing this knowledge with Broadway Connection students, and he loves having the opportunity to honestly reach and inspire students. Ian notes that show business is not for the faint of heart, and he advises all dancers to, “trust your teachers, they will guide you.”