Professional Broadway Dance Captain Training GMVS Theater Program

October 10, 2011 ~ As the GMVS Theater Program puts final touches on its annual fall musical, it will be getting an extra "kick in the pants" from Broadwaygreat, David Kent, who turned his ski racing beginnings into an accomplished career in dance. Mr. Kent will help train GMVS students, for one day, as they polish their skills for next week's performance of CATS.  With approximately 1200 of his own performances of the musical, he is clearly well-suited for the job, and GMVS is honored to host him. 

David grew up in Cazenovia, New York, only steps away from a small ski area. Like many Valley residents, David began skiing when he was very young. Ski racing became the primary focus of his life through college at the University of New Hampshire. At his peak, he was ranked among the top 25 in the country in Giant Slalom. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Physical Education and Dance.

 

After UNH, David went to Stanford to begin a graduate degree, but decided to leave to pursue his career in dance. Dancing has taken David all over the world. His theatrical credits include Chicago, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Carnival, Carousel, Evita, the Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Little Me, Man of Lamancha, Romeo and Juliet the Rock Musical, and many more. He teaches Master classes in Chicago repertory, as well as his own modern/contemporary material to professionals and aspiring professionals in New York City dance studios, and surrounding universities as time allows.

Mr. Kent now lives in New York City working exclusively in the Broadway community, where he is currently Dance Captain as well as a performer in the Tony Award winning hit Chicago at the Ambassador Theater. He is nearing his 4000th performance of the show! David has worked with and trained a number of celebrities (Usher, Christie Brinkley, Ashley Simpson, America Ferrera, Brooke Shields, Wayne Brady, Patrick Swayze, and Patty Labelle to name a few), and is graciously volunteering his time to train GMVS's rising stars this week. After the closing curtain on his own performance of Chicago on Tuesday evening, he'll be flying to Burlington in time to be on campus for rehearsals all day Wednesday, only to turn around again in time to be back on stage himself on Thursday. GMVS is grateful for Mr. Kent's extraordinary effort, and will be thrilled to host him this winter at Sugarbush when he can take advantage of our incredible mountain resort.

Opening night for the GMVS Production of CATS is next week. Show times are October 20-22 at 7:30 pm, and 2:30 pm on October 22 in the Student Center. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mad River Valley Community Fund.