SAKACHEZ Virtual Dance Classes: Youth Classes with Lainie Sakakura; Adult Ballet Conditioning with Alex Sanchez 

Alex Sanchez teaches a 1-hour open level Adult Ballet Conditioning class at 1pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Created for dancers getting back into shape. Contact AlexSanc.com for more information.  

Photos by Lia Chang

Lainie Sakakura offers youth classes focused on alignment technique correction, rapid choreography memorization. New semester February 1 – June 19. Contact Sakachez.com for more information.

Alex Sanchez and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

ALEX SANCHEZ is a Puerto Rican, New York City based director/choreographer. NYC Choreography includes: Giant (The Public Theater, Lucille Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Chorography). Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizon), Where’s Charley? and Fiorello, (City Center Encores!), co-choreographed Red Eye of Love (Amas Musical Theatre, Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography). Regionally, Sanchez has choreographed over 45 AEA productions at top theaters in the country including: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Goodman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Marriott Theatre. Created ballets: Tanga and Tango Resolucion for Savage Jazz Dance Theater, Rhapsody In Blue for Southern Methodist University (Windspear Opera House). 2016 Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and recipient of the Connecticut Critic Circle Award, 2-Broadway World Awards, 7-nominations for Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography. Director/Choreographer credits include: BCEFA’s 2018 Red Bucket Follies Opening Number (New Amsterdam Theater, NYC), Sweet Charity, Newsies and Evita (Marriott Theatre, Chicago). In The Mood (national & international tours). Upcoming 2022: On Your Feet (Riverside Theater of Vero Beach and Walnut Street Theater.  

Sanchez performed in 10 Broadway shows including: The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 revival), Love! Valor! Compassion, Big the Musical, Once Upon A Mattress, Fosse, Follies (Roundabout revival), Wonderful Town, Chitty Chitty Bang BangChita Rivera A Dancers Life. Soloist dancer with Ballet Chicago. 

20 years teaching experience including: Oakland School for the Arts (theater dept chair and dance teacher), New Jersey School of Ballet, NYU Tisch, Southern Methodist University, Pace University, Manhattan School Music, Sam Houston University, Verdon Fosse Legacy Reconstructeur.  

LAINIE SAKAKURA
LAINIE SAKAKURA

LAINIE SAKAKURA, recipient of the 2015 Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography and 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography. As a Broadway performer, she performed exclusively in original casts, usually from workshop to Broadway: Chita Rivera The Dancer’s Life, Flower Drum Song (revival), Tommy Tune’s The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The King And I (1996 and 2015 revivals), and Fosse (dance reconstruction & onstage dance captain). Other NYC performing credits: Ballet Hispanico, Pajama Game, Where’s Charley, Fiorello (City Center Encores!) and Metropolitan Opera. 1994 Sakakura became the second Asian NYC Radio City Rockette following Setsuko Maruhashi (the first Rockette of color).  

Sakakura is a NYC based writer, director, choreographer, teaching artist, advocate for cultural diversity, inclusion, and education. Co-founder of Rockettes of Color Alumnae, Sakachez Asian American Broadway Teens & Mentors, and co-chaired a NYC public school’s Culture & Community Committee producing and directing 25 multicultural events. Co-conceived & wrote BCEFA’s Red Bucket Follies Opening Number at the New Amsterdam Theater celebrating Flower Drum Song’s 60th Anniversary & Asian Americans on Broadway. Currently developing Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a musical adaptation of New York Times Best Seller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Book by Lainie Sakakura, Music & Lyrics by Paul Fujimoto.  

Choreographic work ranges from off Broadway Red Eye of Love to regional productions Once, Chicago, Damn Yankees, Hot Mikado. Hulu’s Deadbeat, Jimmy Buffett, Holland America cruise line, Allen Knee’s Syncopation, 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists, and special star-studded events such as Edith Head, A Retrospectacular. Sakakura has directed NYC productions at Cherry Lane Theatre, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Theatre 71, Summer Stage, Neighborhood Playhouse.  

32 years teaching experience including NYU, Pace University, ABT, Joffrey, Jacobs Pillow, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, Dance Theatre Arts (owner/dir), and Verdon Fosse Legacy Reconstructeur.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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