I know, I know ……..a long time between blogs!!
The end of the year has been manic to say the least. After finishing up with the fabulous Michael Falzon on “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” I went on the audition tour for “So You Think You Can Dance.” In every city I took the callback audition and was witness to some great dancers strutting their stuff and some dancers falling in a heap overwhelmed by nerves! I was also involved with the top 100 week and put the dancers through a Broadway Jazz challenge.
I also choreographed the idol grand final with 20 dancers, 200 choir, 12 contestants and pyrotechnics! It was terrible rainy weather that day, and I was on my hands and knees mopping the stage seconds before they went on.
I also choreographed a special tribute concert for the famous TV producer Reg Grundy (see picture to the left). He produced shows like Neighbours, Prisoner, Son’s and Daughters, Sale of The Century, Wheel of Fortune…to name a few. I used 10 dancers and Nick Twiney of ‘Billy Elliot’ fame to celebrate the story of Reg’s career in dance and music.
My most exciting news is I am the Australian Judge on Nigel Lythgoe’s and Simon Fuller’s new series called ‘Superstars of Dance.’ It is a professional dance competition with 9 countries from around the world competing. Like a Dance Olympics!! I am leaving for the US tomorrow and am so excited to see the world dance!! Will keep you updated on the dance of the world!!!
In January 2009 I am teaching at the Musical Theatre Workshop being run by Leslie Bell down at Sydney Dance Company. There are two workshops, one for students and one for professionals. So if you get bored and want to work off that xmas pudding, come and see us!!
Merry xmas to you all………….
Love and peace
Kelley Abbey – SYDNEY GIGS AND HOLLYWOOD