Guest Artist Teaches At Terpsichore Studio
Growling, scratching, and pouncing are not part of the average ballet class at Terpsichore Dance Studio. However, last week dance students were practicing their cat backs and lithe walks with "Rum Tum Tugger," the rock 'n' roll cat of the musical "Cats."
Guest artist Dave Schoonover from the touring cast taught several master classes with friend and fellow musical theater professional, Regina Gatti. Gatti, a former Terpsichore student, met Schoonover while performing together in "La Cage Aux Follies." Together, they taught the original Broadway choreography to the opening number, "Jellicle Cats."
Schoonover performed in Fayetteville and Durham this week, which was an exciting ending to such a wonderful opportunity.
"Many of the girls are going to the show to see the choreography that they learned. Dave has been so gracious, and has even offered to give them a backstage tour," explains Artistic Director Kellye Parks.
Schoonover has toured nationally with "Cats," and enjoys the different venues and change of pace from his hometown of Wisconsin with its population of 2,000. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in musical theater from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, he made the move to New York City and has been working in theater ever since. He has countless regional theater credits and has acted alongside Broadway's finest, including Ashley Brown (Belle from "Beauty and the Beast") and star Jerry Christakos.
Regina Gatti returns to Southern Pines as her hometown and frequently teaches master classes when she breezes through on the way to her next gig. She earned her bachelor's degree in musical theater, with a dance minor, graduating magna cum laude from East Carolina University. She travels throughout the country doing regional theater, and has recently received a year's contract with Holland Cruise lines. She will be teaching several other master classes in the weeks to come before she flies to her next show.
These master classes are an example of Terpsichore's ongoing commitment in exposing its students to nationally renowned professional dancers.
Upcoming December master classes will host guest artist, Sergei Chtyrkov, formerly of the Moscow Ballet Academy, currently dancing with Columbia City Ballet. Several other modern and hip hop dancers are on the calendar for spring master classes.
Those interested in classes or more information about Terpsichore, may call 910-695-1116.
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