A performer who is multi-talented and well rounded with experience in acting, dancing and singing is known as a “triple threat.” Directors and choreographers welcome these talented performers to their shows.
There are three young men currently taking ballroom dance to round out their skills. All three are actors and singers with several productions behind them, and are now polishing their dance skills. It’s not enough anymore in the musical theater world to be able to just sing, just dance or just act – all three are needed.
Rashad Gadson, 19, has been dancing the longest of the three. He was first involved in musical theatre his sophomore year in high school (“Grease,” “High School Musical” and “White Christmas”). Rashad says that ballroom is his favorite type of dance and even more specifically, Latin Rhythm dance. He says it allows him to express himself.
Sami Othmani, 18, began his musical theatre career in middle school with “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and “Legally Blonde Jr.,” just to name a few. He loves freestyle dancing but appreciates the technique he is learning with ballroom dance.
Coulson Geltz, 18, started in musical theatre in fifth grade and has done “Matilda,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Legally Blonde Jr.” – just a sample of his performances. Coulson likes to be able to paint a picture with music by dancing.
Because they decided to hone their dancing skills for musical theatre, they discovered another direction that ballroom dancing can take them. Along with building their technical dance abilities, they are also developing leadership skills, partnering skills and opening up their exposure to different dance styles.
Their next step is competitive ballroom. This is where their musical theatre background comes into play. Their performance will be enhanced by previous acting skills for a better presentation to the judges. They will be able to be more dramatic and convey the character of the dance.
Ballroom dance tends to expand to all genres of dance due to its diversity. Actors and other performers might want to consider ballroom whether it is just for the sake of ballroom – or you want to become a triple threat.
Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom. hiltonheadballroom.com