Al Blackstone

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Al Blackstone is a New York City based director, choreographer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.  Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” While working mostly in musical theater, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enrich his unique approach to storytelling. Most recent projects include Newsies at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, American Dance Spectacular (Northeast Tour) and the world premiere Off-Broadway musical The View Upstairs. Though well known for his witty and emotional work on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance (seasons 12-14) Al is perhaps best known for his original narrative style which blurs the line between dance, theater, and storytelling. In June of 2016 he directed, choreographed, and wrote Freddie Falls In Love at the Signature Theater (NYC).  It was his second full-length work since Happy We'll Be premiered at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in July 2012.  Splitting his time between the commercial and concert world, Al has created new work for the contemporary dance company 10 Hairy Legs, The Fire Island Dance Festival, Good Morning America, Broadway Bares, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College.  Additional choreography credits include two seasons at Music Theater of Wichita, Crazy In Love (a musical by Kooman and Dimond), Born To Dance (Princess Cruise Lines), and the opening numbers for BCEFA’s Easter Bonnet (2013/14) and Gypsy of the Year (2015/16).  As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center).  He is the director of Marquee at Dancerpalooza, is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC, and co-hosts a monthly charity dance party in Brooklyn called Sole Therapy.  Al tours with JUMP Dance Convention and loves coffee, disco, and old-fashioned jukeboxes.  www.alblackstone.net

Ana Maria Lucaciu

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Ana Maria Lucaciu was born in Bucharest, Romania. After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada she joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and most recently, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed and created works with contemporary dance's foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College, she collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists and companies, and freelances as a dancer and choreographer in her own right. Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at proffessional programs and dance companies across the US and Europe.

Lucaciu currently assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world. 

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