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Luis Salgado is an international director, choreographer, and educator based in NYC. Luis is well known for his work as the Latin Assistant Choreographer of the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights, and recently performed in the Gloria Estefan Musical, On Your Feet! Broadway.
Luis has performed on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, ROCKY, and In The Heights, a...read more
Class begins with a 40-minute warm-up that includes isolation, coordination, and strengthening exercises. Floor work includes core, legs and back stretching to get your body ready to perform choreography. Students will then focus on performance, energy, and rhythms that are elements of Latin dance styles. Class will work on dynamic choreography and Latin footwork in fusion with jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, or theater, opening the student's perspective of Latin rhythms as well as connecting them to their heart and performance skills.
Luis' philosophy in musical theater is that a character is made out of the dancer's truth. Class aims to get to the core of the dancer/actor by providing insight into the use of character actions, intentional movement, and storytelling. The warm-up gets the body and mind ready for the task at hand. Students will work on developing their performance skills while engaging their mind in thought, understanding their feelings through movement, and bringing what's inside them to the character. Inspired by Meisner and Suzuki ideas, Luis has shaped his class to balance a very rigid approach with the freedom we all seek to achieve. Both classes focus on the individual success of the students, instilling the ideas of making art with a purpose and dariing to go beyond.