How to dance musical theatre

10 Broadway Choreography Tutorials You Can Follow Along with At Home!

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to 5, 6, 7, 8!

by Taylor Brethauer Sep. 19, 2020  

Looking for something fun to do? Get up and dance with these tutorials from Disney on Broadway, Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, Hairspray choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and many more!

It's National Dance Day! Celebrate with these choreography tutorials.

Arabian Nights from Aladdin

Seize the Day from Newsies

Hot Honey Rag from Chicago

You Can't Stop the Beat from Hairspray

Will Power from Something Rotten!

Jerry Mitchell Teaches Nicest Kids in Town from Hairspray

He Lives In You from The Lion King

All That Jazz from Chicago

I Hope I Get It from A Chorus Line

Want more tutorials? Visit our Dance Captain Dance Attack page for tutorials with Broadway Dance Captains from Mean Girls, Beetlejuice, Wicked, Ain't Too Proud, Hadestown, and so many more!

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Check out these YouTube tutorials that will make you feel like you're center stage.

Don't get us wrong — we love to lay on the couch as much as the next person. But it's also super important to move for a bit each day. And what better way to exercise than with dance moves worthy of a Broadway stage? We've compiled 12 step-by-step videos from Broadway choreographers and dancers that'll help keep you moving, grooving, and singing while you're waiting to see your next show! By then, you'll be practically dancing in your seat right along with the performers.

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So You Think You Can Dance

Take the stage with choreographer Stuart Bishop as he walks you through a classic Broadway-style routine. It's got everything: snapping fingers, the tip of an invisible hat, and multiple reaches for the stars.

"He Lives in You" from 

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"All That Jazz" from 


"All That Jazz" is a musical number for the history books. When people think of Chicago, they think of the iconic, stylized moves of choreographer Bob Fosse — and this song has them all. This in-depth tutorial is the perfect video for anyone who loves Broadway choreography but doesn't necessary consider themselves a dancer — yet.

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Anything Goes dance break

Calling all former, current, and future tap dancers: Your moment has arrived and you are now the star of Anything Goes in your at-home production. While we might advise against tap shoes if you live in an apartment building, we don't advise against channeling your inner Sutton Foster and following this tutorial.

"Seize The Day" from 


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We all knew it when we were kids and watched the movie premiere on Disney Channel, and now it's the one that we've always been meaning to re-learn but just haven't had the time. And now we do! High School Musical is technically not a Broadway show, but it has the personality of a Broadway show. And that counts, right? This super thorough step-by-step will have you yelling "What team? Wildcats!" before you know it, whether you like it or not.

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"This Is Me" from 

The Greatest Showman

This is the perfect tune to dance around your room in and let your inner circus performer go wild! And now you can do just that while doing the moves from the movie. We could all use some heart-pumping, emotionally-charged song and dance right now; there's quite possibly no better song to get you feeling inspired than "This Is Me." And even though The Greatest Showman isn't technically a Broadway show, it's got enough spectacle, music, and theatre actors in it to count.

"Come Alive" from 

The Greatest Showman

Sorry not sorry, but we really love The Greatest Showman. "Come Alive" is another song that has us feeling all sorts of excited. This tutorial accommodates each and every dance level of dance experience — including none — so it's ideal for you, your roommates, or the whole fam to learn together.

"Will Power" from 

Something Rotten!

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What are musical theater lessons? - Go Dance

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There are many types of dances from around the world that may include elements beyond the music and steps. One of the best known of these is musical theatre, a combination of songs, spoken dialogue, dance and acting. Taking musical theater classes is a great way for kids to learn different skills and even set themselves up for a career in theater. nine0015 Opening musical theater
Musical theater is about telling a story using music, dance, speech and song. Emotions are as much a part of the story as words, and they resonate in a variety of ways, while the technical aspects of the theater add to that. These productions are often referred to as musicals and are one of the most popular types of stage shows around the world.
Musical theater has an ancient heritage, but in its modern form appeared in the 19th century through the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in the UK, Harrigan and Hart in the USA. Edwardian musical comedies became popular and they gave way to breakout musicals like Show Boat (1927). They were followed by some of the big-name musicals we still enjoy today, including Westside Story (1957), Les Miserables (1985) and The Phantom of the Opera (1986).
Musicals can be big budget events such as Broadway or West End productions in London. But they can also be small, held in theaters, regional productions, or even tour companies. Hobbyists and school groups can easily access this form of dance and performance and host their own musicals, so it's a great way for kids to get involved in the dance. nine0015 Musical Theater Lessons
Muscial Theater Lessons at North Tyneside are hosted by the Jade Harrison Dance School and include teaching children and young people a wide range of performance to develop an eventual skill, increase performance confidence or just have fun. Musical theater lessons are taught by a trained teacher and include a range of different skills.
The exact curriculum for musical theater lessons may vary by teacher and school, but may include several of the following:
Small project performances to learn the basics of the role and get used to working with others in production
Singing lessons, including work on stage performance
Dance and movement lessons, including different dance styles depending on the focus of the course
Acting lessons, including character creation , improvisation and vision reading
Once the basics have been learned, then the work will become to integrate everything together and debut on the show, even if it is right behind closed doors. nine0015 The Benefits of Learning Musical Theater
All of this helps children build their confidence and learn a range of skills that go beyond dance and can help them in life even if they choose not to pursue a career in musical theater. Speaking in front of others is a great stepping stone for public speaking and interviews while having confidence and the ability to express yourself in the field of building on areas that children often find difficult.

Let's take a look at the musical theatre. About three whales and much more

Let's look into the musical theater

Here we are at an opera performance. We already know that opera grew out of song, not dance. But why are they still dancing on stage? And they dance throughout the whole big act. First a polonaise, then a krakowiak, then a waltz, and finally a very large mazurka. It is true that during the polonaise and at the end of the mazurka the choir sang, and besides the choir we also heard a little dialogue between the two soloists, but still the dancing decisively prevailed over the singing. What is this opera? All your doubts and questions are very clear to me, and yet this is a real opera. An opera with which we are already somewhat familiar: Ivan Susanin by Glinka. And we got to the so-called "Polish act" of this opera, in which Glinka very sensitively portrayed the Polish gentry of that time, who were extremely fond of magnificent balls. You see, in order to describe the Polish gentry, Glinka arranged a whole ball in his opera! nine0003

Glinka's love for dancing and dance music was also reflected in his other opera Ruslan and Lyudmila. True, there is no whole dance act here, as in Ivan Susanin, but the charming patterns of dance melodies and the endless variety of dance rhythms permeate through the two great scenes of this opera - "In the Naina Castle" and "In the Magic Gardens of Chernomor". In terms of beauty and richness, these dances, perhaps, will not yield to the beauty and richness of the “Polish Act”, and, perhaps, even surpass it ...

Of course, such a number of dances as in "Susanin" and "Ruslan" are not often found in operas. But it is very rare to find an opera without dancing at all. Many of the opera dances are so popular that sometimes we have time to hear them and fall in love even before we have heard the whole opera.

For example, many of you know the waltz from "Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky, but you may not have heard the entire opera on stage. The same, perhaps, is the case with you with the "Polovtsian Dances" from Borodin's opera "Prince Igor". Or maybe with the very popular, most charming polka from the opera The Bartered Bride by the Czech classical composer Smetana. nine0003

But still, we will talk about opera later. Now let's take a closer look and listen to the most danceable of all dance areas of music - to ballet.

Just as opera gradually arose from the combination of song and theater, so ballet gradually grew from the combination of dance and theater. In a ballet performance, dance and dance music reach their highest level of development.

And it's hard to say what we love in ballet art more: the dances themselves or the music they dance to - they are so merged into a single whole. Good ballet music remains good music, even if we listen to it in a concert hall, or on the radio, or on a record, without seeing the ballet itself, the dance itself, and often not even imagining what it should be like. But from dances alone, no matter how good they are, no ballet will work without music. Yes, no one is trying to do this. Without music, outside of music, dancing simply will not exist. nine0003

Note that music is often associated with poetry, prose, drama, theater. But poetry, and prose, and drama, and theater exist independently of music as beautiful and completely independent arts. Sometimes music is also connected with painting (we will talk about this later), but painting also lives an independent life, independent of music or other arts, with which, as well as with music, it is often very closely connected.

But dance, ballet is the only art that cannot exist without music. And do not think that this is a lack of ballet art, its flaw. Not at all! This is simply his property, which even enriches him: dance is imbued with musicality from this, and music - with danceability. And this special dance and musical art, one might say, affects us with double strength. nine0003

Due to the fact that good ballet music also exists outside of ballet, simply as music, it often happens that our acquaintance, for example, with the brilliant ballets of Tchaikovsky does not begin in the theater at a performance of these ballets, but in a concert hall, or at the radio, or in front of a record player when we listen to individual dances, such as the famous waltz from Sleeping Beauty, or the Shepherds' Dance from The Nutcracker, or the swan dances from Swan Lake.

And who among you does not know the impetuous, temperamental “Sabre Dance” by Aram Khachaturian, in whose music the picture of Kurdish dance with naked swords is drawn with such brilliance and skill, the courageous character of the highlanders is so clearly revealed! And if I ask you: what is this dance? Where is he from? Is it an independent play, or, perhaps, an excerpt from some major work? Someone must know that this is one of the dances of the Gayane ballet, named by Khachaturian after the young heroine of the ballet, a young Armenian collective farmer. nine0003

But no matter how good individual dances are, dances alone will not make a ballet. What else is needed for this? DANCING, that property or character of music that grows out of dance in the same way that SONGING grows out of a song. Yes, we have already met with this danceability where it was about how a dance ceases to be just a dance. Do you remember how simple mazurkas, waltzes and polonaises were transformed by Chopin into elegant and meaningful musical poems? And in Glinka's Waltz-Fantasy, the waltz became the basis on which the composer built a deep musical drama on a very wide scale. nine0003

That's why we often hear music in which there is not a single song, but we say: “What song music! How much song is in it! ”, And music in which there is not a single dance, but we say:“ What dance music! How much danceability is in it!

This is the kind of dance music that helps ballet dancers to act out whole dramatic scenes, various dance pantomimes, combined with individual dances, alternating with them, and creates a real ballet performance in the hands of experienced masters - a composer and choreographer. nine0003

Ballets made up of only individual dances can express very little. But developed dance skills help to express the biggest and most serious themes in ballet: from Shakespearean tragedy, as, say, in Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, or in Machavariani's ballet Othello, to the theme of revolution, for example, in Asafiev's ballet The Flames of Paris , or the most acute topic of our days - the struggle of African peoples for their liberation - in Kara Karaev's ballet "Thunder Path".

Well, it's time for us to finish our second journey. As you can see, the simplest dance music has easily led us, just like the song, into the most diverse areas of music: from small piano pieces for babies to opera and ballet. nine0003

And in any of these areas, as soon as we hear the dance rhythms and melodies familiar to us from childhood, the music becomes immediately close and understandable, as close and understandable as the music in which we hear the sound of songs, familiar or even not familiar at all.

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