Running in Tap Shoes: Choreographer Janine Molinari on Teaching Broadway Kids and Other Adventures in Dance

April 9, 2015 6:49 PM

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"Watch out," Janine Molinari laughs, flashing me a megawatt smile. "They're gonna come at you!" No sooner has the acclaimed choreographer-director-dance teacher spoken than her students, 20 of Broadway's finest child performers, come barreling toward me, spiraling backward and forward as their miniature feet tap out a glorious rhythm. Though I'm out of breath just watching these kids thunder through routine after routine, their obvious joy in the work is undeniably exhilarating.

Janine, a pixie-like dynamo in red tap shoes, has cultivated a private but immensely supportive atmosphere at Dance Molinari (DMO). With studios in New York and Los Angeles, DMO has become the go-to company for serious triple-threat juveniles who want to prep for auditions and shows in a collaborati...

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