Reinventing Great Works

Reinventing Great Works, conversations with American Dance Machine and others

Keeping the classics relevant. This series will explore the recreation and new interpretations of great works across dance genres. Moderated by Allen Maniker, the conversations will include choreographers, directors, stagers, and dancers. These events are free with a suggested donation of $10

APRIL 18 @ 7pm EST


American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) has been recreating great works for the stage, and most recently, reinventing them for film. Moderator Allen Maniker will speak with West Side Story veterans Grover Dale, Robert La Fosse, Joshua Bergasse, and Ahmad Simmons to discuss the history and evolution of “Cool,” the iconic Jet dance, as well as the new “Cool” video released by ADM21.

Grover Dale portrait

Grover Dale has enjoyed seven decades of satisfaction as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director, educator, and publisher. Raised in the hills of Pennsylvania, he made his Broadway debut in the chorus of Li’l Abner in 1956. He appeared in the original 1957 cast of West Side Story as Snowboy.

robert la fosse headshot

Robert La Fosse performed with American Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer for six years. In 1986, he was invited by Jerome Robbins to join the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer. Through out his career he has danced leading roles in many of the full-length classical ballets, including the U.S. premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.

Joshua Bergasse

For Broadway: Josh choreographed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On the Town (TONY, Drama Desk, OCC noms; Astaire Award); and Gigi. Off-Broadway: Sweet Charity (Chita Rivera Award; Lortel Nom) Cagney (Drama Desk, OCC, Astaire Noms; Callaway Finalist); Bomb-itty of Errors; and Captain Louie. Encores!: The Golden Apple; Little Me; and It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane… It’s Superman! Carnegie Hall: Candide; Guys and Dolls; Sound of Music.

Ahmad Simmons
Ahmad Simmons is a performer, choreographer, director, writer and creative producer based in New York City. He was last seen on Broadway as Diesel in Ivo Van Hove’s groundbreaking revival of West Side Story. Previous credits include the original Broadway cast of Hadestown, and most recent revival casts of Carousel and Cats.