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Thea brings Broadway stars to town for workshop

The Thea Foundation and Arkansas Dance Network are partnering to bring Bill Hastings and Kathy Calahan to Arkansas on Oct. 12, at the UALR dance studios. The dance workshop attendees will learn choreography and tips from some of Broadway’s best! Bill and Kathy will inspire the dancers and gives them the tools to become better performers.

Hastings has performed in over 40 musicals and plays including Broadway and National touring productions of The Most Happy Fella, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Rags, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and Sweet Charity. Currently, he is teaching at Peridance and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and in workshops/master classes worldwide. During his professional career, he has had the privilege to work with such dance luminaries as Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Graciela Daniele, Ron Field, Scott Salmon, Chet Walker (whom he assisted during the creation of the Tony Award winning musical FOSSE), Tony Stevens, Phil Black, Harvey Hysell, and Luigi. For more information, go to www.billhastings.org.

Calahan just finished a five-year run in Broadway’s Mary Poppins! She toured nationally in the original production of Ragtime, shared the stage with Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, danced in Randy Skinner’s White Christmas, and has performed all around the U.S. in regional theaters. Passionate about teaching, Kathy always finds time to fit it into her performing life. Her wide range of knowledge in music, theater, and dance enriches her life, as well as her students. Her latest creation is a new CD for children called Brighten Up! For more information, please visit www.kathycalahan.com.

To sign-up for the classes, please go to http://theafoundation.org/dance/ and fill-in the registration form. The cost for the workshop is $25 per attendee. You are required to mail and check or pay by credit card before the workshop.

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