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Al Blackstone is a New York-based director, choreographer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence. Dance Magazine has called his work “sweet, silly, sly... infectious.” While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling. Most recently Al was the first musical theatre choreographer to be brought to Vietnam to choreograph and perform on So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam. In July of 2012 he co-wrote, directed, and choreographed the dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom. Al has created original work for Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan College, The University of the Arts, Dancers Responding to AIDS, the Fire Island Dance Festival, Broadway Bares, and the solos performed by Jess Leprotto on Season 8 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Theatrical credits include directing and choreographing the opening number of Easter Bonnet 2013 and 2014 (featuring Marin Mazzie and Rory O'Malley respectively) and Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island (choreographer). Most recently Al has been working as the Associate Choreographer to Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe, San Diego) Kung Fu (Signature Theater, NYC), and the upcoming new musical Head Over Heels written by Jeff Whitty and featuring the music of The Go-Go's. Favorite performing credits include: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages, Josh Bergasse chor.), the feature film A Winter’s Tale, NBC’s American Dreams, and Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh Show. He is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC and currently tours internationally with JUMP dance convention.