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On April 20, 2016

John Leggio

John Vincent Leggio made his Broadway debut in the musical CATS and continued to dance on Broadway and Broadway Tours for the next decade, with the revival of My Fair Lady, Show Boat, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. John is on this season’s dance faculty for the “Making It On Broadway” Intensive in NYC, sharing the platform with Broadway Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Annaleigh Ashford, along with Broadway stars Sierra Boggess and Natalie Weiss. This past season, John had the great privilege of choreographing pieces for the Joffrey Ballet Jazz/Contemporary Winter Concert, and also taught and choreographed at last summer’s Joffrey Intensive in NYC. John was a guest dance instructor for the Cleveland Musical Theatre dance intensive, along with Broadway Tony Award Winner, Kathleen Marshall.

He also worked for Broadway Dance Center in NYC, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dance Department, and is on the dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College.

John began his professional career at the age of sixteen, singing and dancing at the world premiere of the movie, “Six Weeks,” starring Dudley Moore and Mary Tyler Moore. Barbra Streisand was a guest that evening as John sang the song, “Life is a Celebration.” In his home town of Kansas CIty, John worked with legendary Broadway composer, John Kander, in the musical, “The Happy Time,” and as a dancer in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. John performed at the historic Starlight Theatre, in Kansas City, and went on to Opryland USA, Walt Disney World, numerous television specials, a European tour, and singing and dancing on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. John was featured a few times on The Rosie O’Donnell Show (choreography by Chris Gattelli), and was part of a CATS Broadway sketch on Saturday Night Live.

The second part of John’s career took him to Florida, where he joined the team at Disney to help stage the Epcot Millennium Parade at Walt Disney World. John went on to work as the assistant director and choreographer for the national tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze and was the resident choreographer for the Jaeb Theatre in Tampa, where he was awarded the Weekly Planet’s “Best of the Bay” for his choreography and performance in an original production, “Swing, Swing, Swing.” His direction and choreography in the musical revue, “The Best Of Jacque Brel,” was stated by one critic at the Tampa Times to be “possibly the best thing he had ever seen in a theatre.”

In 2001, John became the Artistic Director of The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, Florida where he was in charge of casting, directing, and choreographing for three seasons. In 2004, John opened his own Broadway-style performing arts school, John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts, teaching dance, music, acting, and acrobatics. His students have performed on Broadway, The Rockettes, National Tours, Regional Theatres, Cruise Ships and Theme Parks around the U.S. and internationally.

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