Gotta Dance! Celebrating Musical Theatre Dance

Christie Kerr
Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, and 14, 2022
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Gotta Dance! Celebrating Musical Theatre Dance

Fall 2022
In Session
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, and 14, 2022


Main Campus



Attend In Person OR Online

Explore the history and significance of Musical Theatre Dance in the American Musical Theatre genre. Musical Theatre Dance has evolved through the years thanks to many significant choreographers. We will examine the work and style of many of these influential choreographers that have helped shape and mold the American Musical into what it is today. Each week we will discuss different choreographers and their contributions to Musical Theatre. Examples and video footage of choreographers and their dances will be shown and discussed. Additionally, we will focus on what makes each choreographer unique regarding their style and how they work to advance the musical’s narrative. This course will celebrate the works of Agnes DeMille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Michael Bennett, Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, Andy Blankenbeuhler, and many others.

Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • Cramer, Lyn Creating Musical Theatre: Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers ISBN: 1408185326.
  • Additional readings available on the HSP learning portal.

Recommended Reading: 

  • Gottfried,  Martin All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse
  • Lawrence, Greg Dance With Demons
  • Wasson, Sam Fosse

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Assistant Professor
School of Theater Film and Television

CHRISTIE KERR is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television. She has worked as a choreographer, teacher, performer, and director throughout the United States. A graduate of The University of Michigan, Christie holds a BFA Degree in Musical Theater Performance and is a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).


  • Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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