Dance Break was a challenge. With 12 hours of studio time, it taught me to work quickly and kindly. It gave me the opportunity to be prepared and roll with the punches. It taught me about concept and message. Most importantly, it brought our dance community together. Here are the fruits of our labors... Call Me Al
Over the moon with gratitude for these dancers and to @dancebreaknyc . They absolutely nailed it tonight. This was fast and furious and just perfect. 🙏
Tickets still available for Dance Break on Monday, 2/4, at Alvin Ailey! Link in story. ✨👟👟
Ideas are flooding for @dancebreaknyc. We get 12 hours of rehearsal to present 2 killer pieces. 🤞 🔻: @curtisbrownphotography
@dancebreaknyc promo is out and I’m completely inspired by these super-humans. We had auditions last night at it was magic. Quality humans all around. Come see this show on February 4th. It’s going to be fantastic.
On a mundane Wednesday matinee of “Memphis” in the summer of 2011, Carol Channing sauntered down Shubert Alley with a film crew. It was during a moment in the show where we had a significant break. She stopped in her tracks and said “Aren’t you supposed to be on Broadway? Where’s your bling?”. From that first moment, she was louder, faster, and funnier than any of us could have been. Time stood still. We engaged in this dazzling moment and then quickly remembered that time was ticking and we scurried inside only to perform with more verve than ever before. She was a true class act and completely aspirational. Rest In Peace, Carol. You are an icon. ✨🙏✨
As we ramp up into the new year, we are given an opportunity to start anew, to shed our old skin. I’m hoping to continue to look at life with wondering, fresh eyes and to be the lenses for those who can’t quite see for themselves. I hope to remind those who are ready, to step out of their comfort zones once again and to take a leap into their dreams. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to show up in this way and to inspire and reinspire those around us. This is why we do this. ✨💖✨
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Headed into the New Year by making brand new work. So grateful to be in the wake of the choreographers who have been in my shoes and to the choreographers I’m presenting with this year. Feb 4 at Alvin Ailey! Come see!
Yup. Merry Christmas, you guys! ✨💖✨
#wcw is a #tbt to my partner in crime, holding down the west coast, @cristycandler
... could not be richer. The universe has quite a sense of humor. This is going in my memoir ... @therealdebbieallen #AnotherDebbieAllen
Freaking out and okay with it. I feel knighted by the Queen. Had to share. 🙇🏻♂️👑
Reel ‘18 up on the site. Check it out. Link in bio.
Happy Friday! ✨💖✨ I hope you have as much fun as I had tapping with these exquisite dancers! Music Man at @asolorep runs until 12/29!
On nights like this... feeling nostalgic thinking of such a precious time with @johncameronmitchell at Hedwig. That man taught me authenticity, courage, and love. That show taught me that my other half is within, that we are all reflections of each other. Feeling whole tonight, I love you all. I miss my Hedwig team. Simpler times. Obama was president.
Happy Thanksgiving, All! We did an @illbethereproject kindness walk to kick off our holiday season. Get out there and follow suit in your own creative way! • • • #repost @illbethereproject : Happy Thanksgiving from our hearts to yours. Yesterday, we went out to spread love and warmth to our brothers and sisters sleeping on the street. The last person we met was a trans woman named Sasha. We cried, we laughed, and most importantly, we listened to her story. As a trans woman experiencing homelessness, Sasha expressed sadness that she doesn’t feel beautiful. In one of my all time favorite acts of kindness, Sailor and Paul went across the street to buy her an amazing make up set. This intentional act of kindness brought tears to her eyes. We were not able to buy Sasha a place to stay, but she will be warm this holiday and she certainly look fierce!! Thank you to @sailorbrinkleycook @paul_mcgill_ for being the most amazing and caring humans. I love you all!
The best on the boards: @noahracey and @dannyjgnyc