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Lake Hopatcong: 973-663-2009 Sparta: 973-729-9449

Acting for Dancers

Session 1: TBA with Blaine Krauss
Session 2: TBA with Jess LeProtto

  • Jess in Newsies
  • Blaine as Anatole
What's Covered in the Workshop
  • Explore and deepen understanding of the craft of acting
  • Interactive instruction in movement and character development
  • Interpret music and lyrics - what it means to “act” a song and tell a story thru dance
About Jess LeProtto
  • Currently in the lead role as Barnaby Tucker in the "Hello Dolly" National Tour!
  • Broadway roles: "Carousel", "Hello Dolly", “The Boy From Oz”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, "Newsies", "On The Town", "Cats"
  • Top 8 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 8, and the national tour Dance Captain
  • Off-Broadway “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and “Broadway’s Leading Men”
About Blaine Krauss
  • Currently with Broadway's 2013 Tony Award Winning Best Musical Kinky Boots
  • Original Cast of "Cher" in Chicago, opening on Broadway this winter (2018-19)
  • Broadway's 12-Tony Award Nominated Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Frequent appearances in lead roles on Broadway - "Anatole" in Natasha, Pierre and "Lola" in Kinky Boots
  • Walt Disney’s Lion King Broadway National Tour ensemble member and understudy for Simba
  • Radio City Music Hall's “New York Spectacular” role of ‘Busker’ and lead understudy for Euan Morton
The Value to Dancers
While some dancers are inherently comfortable onstage, smiling easily, perhaps with a dynamic personality or natural charisma, others are not. Their eyes might stare out blankly or flit about from right to left; their smiles might be frozen, or they might bite a lip or otherwise show their discomfort. But since, eventually, all dance routines are performed before an audience, dancers need to work as hard on their onstage personalities as they do on their choreography or technique. Acting exercises can help…. Dancers who hone their acting skills are also more versatile performers, able to “emote” effectively in a heartfelt lyrical solo or add a bit of comedy to a musical-theater routine. A contemporary piece might call for dancers who are angry, or passionate, or cool; perhaps the fun quotient of a hip-hop number could be pumped up if the dancers actually looked like they were having fun... If the choreography requires some acting—whether it’s crying melodramatically over broken hearts in “Forget About the Boy” from Thoroughly Modern Millie or portraying a living doll in Coppélia—the dancers will be “ready for Broadway.”
Karen White (Dance Studio Life)
Three Workshop Levels by Age
  • Acting for Dancers #1 (Minis: age 6-10) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
  • Acting for Dancers #2 (Juniors: age 11-13) from 12:15pm to 2:15pm
  • Acting for Dancers #3 (Teen/Seniors: 14-19) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Future Workshop Faculty
  • Jess LeProtto (Broadway: Carousel, Hello Dolly, Newsies, On The Town, Cats, Bye Bye Birdie)
  • Date: Tuesday, July 31st
  • Time: Age 12&Under 4:00-5:00PM; Age 13&Over 5:00-6:00PM
  • More to Come!


Jess LeProtto
Jess LeProtto

Jess LeProtto has been singing and dancing since the age of five. Jess' Broadway credits include “The Boy From Oz” (2003), Dr. Suess' “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2006 & 2007), “Bye Bye Birdie” (2009), "Newsies" (2012), "On The Town" (2014), "Cats" (201), and currently "Hello Dolly" (2017). Jess made the Top 8 of the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”, Season 8 followed by the national tour for SYTYCD, where he was also named “Dance Captain”. He has done voice-overs for Verizon, Chex cereal and nationally for Pound Puppies. Jess has appeared on the Maury Povich Show, performed with comedian Jimmy Fallon for MTV’s Video Music Awards and made appearances on Law and Order: SVU and One Life to Live. His Off-Broadway credits include “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” at City Centers Encores! and he has been on the national tours of “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and “Broadway’s Leading Men”.

Blaine Alden Krauss
Mark Kate Felber

Blaine Krauss grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida where he attended Pinellas County Center for the Arts. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 2014 with a BFA in Musical Theater, Blaine joined Walt Disney’s Lion King Broadway National Tour as an ensemble member and understudy for the role of Simba. Blaine is currently a cast member for the new show "Cher" opening in Chicago and coming to Broadway this fall. Most recently, Blaine was a member of the Broadway Kinky Boots cast, playing the lead "Lola" on a regular basis. Blaine was an ensemble member and the swing for the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. He was heralded as Blanitole for his powerful performances as the lead "Anatole" on many of the show dates. He was cast as ‘Busker,’ as well as understudying Euan Morton, in the 2016 summer “New York Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall, directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels, and starring Euan Morton, Danny Gardner, Kacie Sheik, and the Radio City Rockettes. Blaine has also been a featured singer in many concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Register for Acting for Dancers

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** Tuition must be paid in advance (i.e., when you register).
** Pay online with a credit/debit card or call or visit the studio.

** Tuition must be paid in advance (i.e., when you register).
** Pay online with a credit/debit card or call or visit the studio.