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Theater Dance

AC Ciulla

EMMY Award winning and TONY nominated choreographer, AC Ciulla has enjoyed an eclectic career spanning a wide range of diverse work in different creative arenas.

Most recently AC choreographed Billy Porter's hit music video CHILDREN and collaborated with Mr. Porter on his reimagination of THE LIFE for Encores at City Center.

AC was nominated for the TONY AWARD for 'Best Choreography' for Broadway's Hit musical FOOTLOOSE and has since choreographed and/or directed numerous productions of the show.

Off-Broadway, AC was nominated for the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for 'Outstanding Choreography' for his work on the production of LUCKY GUY. He choreographed THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN starring LaChanze for Playwrights Horizons receiving a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for 'Outstanding Choreography, GHETTO SUPERSTAR starring BILLY PORTER produced by George C. Wolf for the Public Theater and THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA at the Westside Theater.

AC choreographed the musical CHESS at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles starring Matthew Morrison of Fox's hit show GLEE. Regional theater includes the Steven Sondheim revue BEING ALIVE at the Westport Country Playhouse, BARRIO BABIES starring Sara Ramirez at the Denver Theater Center, THE YIDDISH ARE COMING at the Denver Civic Arts, THE PLEXIGLASS SLIPPER at ASOLO Rep, THE LITTLE MERMAID at North Shore Music Theater and BIG RIVER at the Sacramento Music Circus.

VICES: A Love Story, a sophisticated exploration of relationships told through music and dance, garnered AC the 2010 Carbonell Award for Best Choreography.

Ciulla co-created and choreographed the smash hit TONI BRAXTON-REVEALED for the Flamingo Las Vegas as well as the six-time GRAMMY Award winning recording artist's celebrated 2006 LIBRA tour and live 2007 NBA All-star performance. Other recording artists include live shows for EDEN'S CRUSH featuring Nicole Scherzinger and videos for FREEDOM WILLIAMS of the dance sensation C&C Music Factory, BILLY PORTER's debut album UNTITLED and Vaeda Black. As Creative Director/Choreographer, AC created a live touring show for the vocal band DUWENDE

Ciulla staged SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED- A Musical Celebration of STEVIE WONDER at the Venetian in Las Vegas starring Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson and Melissa Manchester. AC directed and choreographed the hit Broadway musical revue NIGHTS ON BROADWAY II & III for Caesar's in Atlantic City featuring many of Broadway's newest stars.

Film work includes choreography for GRAY MATTERS starring Heather Graham, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Cavanaugh, Molly Shannon, Sissy Spacek and Alan Cumming, PUPPET starring Rebecca Gayheart, and most recently the film LOVE IS A BROADWAY HIT by Ju-Yuan Li.

Ciulla won the 2003 EMMY Award for "Outstanding Choreography of a Television Special" for his innovative work with Olympic figure skating champions for the world renowned STARS ON ICE.

AC appeared as a recurring guest choreographer on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.UA where he was named, the king of contemporary dance!

Other television credits include "STARR X'd LOVERS" - a three episode, DGA Award winning musical event on the ABC soap opera ONE LIFE TO LIVE and numerous episodes of Sesame Workshop's new version of THE ELECTRIC COMPANY (PBS) including the series' opening credits. He choreographed the entire 2nd Season of VIVA VARIETY as well as a video for comedian Jeffrey Ross on Comedy Central, several musical comedy bits for Late Night with DAVID LETTERMAN and Miss America 2017, he choreographed Savvy Shield's winning solo.

AC directed and choreographed the 1-800-OK-CABLE "Move To Triple Play" dance commercial and has choreographed countless spots including the famous dancing INTEL commercials, Dr. PEPPER featuring Travis Wall, AT&T, NY LOTTERY, Verizon DROID and the Busby Berkeley style musical E*TRADE spot which aired as one of the top five commercials during the Super Bowl.

As a performer, AC made his Broadway debut in STARLIGHT EXPRESS at age 19. He was an eight time winner & semi-finalist on STAR SEARCH and toured as a featured soloist with the world renowned Jazz Dance Company WAVES. He toured the US with the dance sensation C&C MUSIC FACTORY, danced on the MTV Video Music Awards and had the honor of dancing along side of Michael Jackson.

Class Description
AC's innovative warm-up focuses on body alignment, weight distribution, and on how to become stronger and more flexible. He challenges dancers with his fusion of styles, and he focuses on musicality, dynamics, and quality of movement.

AC not only teaches the steps, but he explains the intentions behind the movement, and encourages dancers to take chances. If you're looking to take your dancing and performance quality to another level, and to get noticed at auditions, this is the class for you!