Al Blackstone is a New York City 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 theater, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enrich his unique approach to storytelling. Most recent projects include Newsies at the Maltz Jupiter Theater (Carbonell Award), American Dance Spectacular! (Northeast Tour) and the world premiere Off-Broadway musical The View Upstairs. Though well known for his witty and emotional work on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance (seasons 12-14) Al is perhaps best known for his original narrative style which blends dance and his own brand of theatrical storytelling. In June of 2016 he directed, choreographed, and wrote Freddie Falls In Love at the Signature Theater (NYC). It was his second full-length work since Happy We'll Be premiered at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in July 2012.
Splitting his time between the commercial and concert world, Al has created new work for the contemporary dance company 10 Hairy Legs, The Fire Island Dance Festival, Good Morning America, Broadway Bares, Pace University, University of the Arts, Juilliard, and Marymount Manhattan College. Additional choreography credits include two seasons at Music Theater Wichita, Crazy In Love (a musical by Kooman and Dimond), Born To Dance (Princess Cruise Lines), and the opening numbers for BCEFA’s Easter Bonnet (2013/14) and Gypsy of the Year (2015/16). As an Associate Choreographer Al has worked alongside the great Sonya Tayeh on The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre, NYC), Head Over Heels (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and The Wild Party (City Center). He is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in NYC, and hosts a monthly charity dance party in Brooklyn called Sole Therapy. Al tours with JUMP Dance Convention and loves coffee, disco, and old-fashioned jukeboxes. He is ever grateful for any opportunity to bring people together. Upcoming: Pippin (Music Theater Wichita), The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Village Theater, WA), Annie (Axelrod Performing Arts Center, featuring Andrea Mcardle), and West Side Story (Maltz Jupiter Theatre).
So You Think you can dance
Seasons 12, 13, & 14
FReddie falls in love
Broadway World - Al Blackstone, recently seen choreographing show-stopping Broadway numbers on "So You Think You Can Dance", has created what he calls a dance narrative - a full-length work of dance theatre that uses only the body and music to tell a complete story. Freddie Falls in Love offers a fresh take on an old-fashioned story about a down and out young man and his journey to embrace the beauty of the unknown. Some of the best dancer/actors in New York will bring this story to life with style, energy, and a ton of heart - but this story will be told in a universally accessible way; without saying a single word.
“I started with the idea of ‘detention’,” Blackstone recalls, “and we created little vignettes of what’s going on in students’ minds during those hours in school detention.” But the story of the piece changed and transformed over those months of rehearsal…and ended up becoming a complete narrative. Ironically, in trying to veer away from his “normal” creative routine, Blackstone formed a deeper connection with his own authentic voice as an artist." - Dance Informa