[The Actor Within The Dancer]

Rohan Browne (last seen in Adelaide as Riff in West Side Story) is thrilled to be offering this opportunity to students of musical theatre in Adelaide – in the hope of sharing the knowledge he has learned from his experience in the industry and to nurture and inspire the next generation of Australia’s performers.

Rohan is a leading artist in the current Australian Musical Theatre market having performed in sixteen professional productions both in Australia and abroad including roles as Riff in West Side Story, George in The Drowsy Chaperone, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Fred Casely in Chicago and Wing in Hot Shoe Shuffle.

This intensive masterclass will aim to encourage and nurture the actor within the dancer.

Rohan said "In today’s current status of the Australian industry, it is paramount to have all-rounded skills. Gone are the days where just being a competent dancer is enough to land a job in the fiercely competitive world of musical theatre. With so many highly skilled people vying for jobs, being the more adept at every skill will hold you in good stead to garner those highly sought after roles."

Rohan’s aim, leading by example and demonstration, is to discover the actor within the dancer through two very distinct musical theatre numbers with original choreography and direction.

We asked Rohan what students should expect.  "Students will learn classic pieces from musical theatre history including Dance at the Gym; the fiery, competitive, angst ridden, award-winning Jerome Robbins choreography from West Side Story and All That Jazz from the seedy, dark depths of the 1920’s underbelly that is Bob Fosse’s now infamous Chicago.  It is a 3-hour intensive masterclass where students will be taken through a brief warm-up, a breakdown and short synopsis of the show numbers they will work on and then into the pieces."

Students MUST be of an advanced/open level and, unfortunately for the material being demonstrated needing some maturity, over 13 years of age.

Students should arrive in appropriate dance wear so that their bodies are available to be corrected, warmed-up [as there is only a limited time in the workshop to get work-ready] towel, plenty of water, notepad and an open mind.

Cost:  $65 per student for 3 hours.

Date:  October 2, 2011

Venue:  Gravity Dance, 41 Gillies Street, Adelaide.   Phone:  8212 5662

It is vital you register at [email protected]