RE-RELEASE - Gotta Dance! Celebrating Musical Theatre Dance

Christie Kerr
Offered Originally: Fall 2022 (6 Two-Hour Classes)
Available for a Limited Time
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RE-RELEASE - Gotta Dance! Celebrating Musical Theatre Dance

Offered Originally: Fall 2022
(6 Two-Hour Classes)
Available for a Limited Time

Course Format: 

Recorded Course (Re-Release)





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.

Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award
— 2022 Award-Winning Course —

The teaching excellence displayed in this course earned this professor the highest honor that the Humanities Seminars Program has to bestow: the Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award. This award is given annually by the Humanities Seminars Program. It is based entirely on student evaluations and seeks to honor the pedagogical skill, depth of expertise, and commitment to students demonstrated by the most outstanding faculty who teach for the Humanities Seminars Program. 

We are delighted to re-release this award-winning course 
during the Summer 2024 season. 

  • This course is offered as a recording. No live class sessions or meetings are scheduled with the professor or fellow students. 
  • Access - enrolled students have complete access to course materials via the HSP Learning Portal online from the day of their registration until August 31, 2024. On September 1, 2024, the class video recordings will be removed; however, students will retain access to all other course materials online.   
  • Price - has been reduced from our regular course tuition rates. Enrollment provides access to all course materials, including the original syllabus, reading materials, and video recordings of all class sessions for a limited time.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, March 4, 2024, 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

Meet Your Professor

Associate Professor
School of Theater Film and Television

CHRISTIE KERR is an Associate Professor, Head of BFA Acting/Musical Theatre and Artistic Director of Arizona Repertory Theatre at UArizona.  Prior to this, she lived in Chicago, IL where she was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College, Chicago. At UArizona, Christie has worked as Director, and/or Choreographer and Intimacy Choreographer on many Arizona Repertory Theatre productions including : Jesus Christ Superstar, Legally Blonde, Pippin, Sister Act, Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, and Evita. She has worked throughout the country as a Director, Choreographer and Performer. Christie also works as an Intimacy Choreographer and was selected as one of 15 members in the elite cohort of the Educator Advocacy Program with Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE)  in 2022. Recently, Christie was awarded the Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award from HSP.  A graduate of The University of Michigan, Christie holds a BFA Degree in Musical Theatre and is a proud member of SDC.


  • Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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