Exciting Video Work with American Dance Machine for the 21st Century

It’s time for my favorite holiday, and I just can’t help myself. I have to share a project I’m incredibly grateful for this week.

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century is an organization dedicated to preserving classic musical theater dances through the process of enlisting original film and Broadway stars to teach the numbers to new dancers. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with American Dance Machine’s Executive Director Nikki Atkins and Artistic Director Margo Sappington, filming the rehearsal process  and sharing the videos at the company’s live showings around New York City.

This extremely important and exciting work has audiences buzzing – the energy is so wonderful, and I can’t wait to hear your reactions.

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” Rehearsal Process Video

One of our recent video projects was to film rehearsals of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” from Lovely to Look At, a 1952 MGM musical featuring Red Skelton, Kathryn Grayson, Marge Champion and Zsa Zsa Gabor.


“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” is sung by Kathryn Grayson and danced by Marge and Gower Champion in the film, and American Dance Machine’s Artistic Director Margo Sappington reconstructed the work with New York City Ballet dancers Maria Kowroski and Charles Askegard. (The dance was choreographed by Hermes Pan.)

Margo Sappington staged this version of the work and is featured in the video above.

The dancers did such a beautiful job recreating the magic in the original. I feel blessed to be a part of such a historic endeavor in musical theatre.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!