Vlad is a brilliant choreographer and a singular storyteller. Not only is his movement challenging, emotional, and extremely rewarding to dance, but to train with him is to develop the highest level of professional skills that will last a career. You can spot a Vlad trained dancer from their body control, their intuition with partnering, and their openness, both emotionally and when presented with a challenge. Indeed, where other choreographers might alter or compromise when faced with a particularly difficult image or sequence, Vlad pushes his artists to take risks and to press further. If something doesn’t work during the first attempt or the second, or the eighth, Vlad’s dancers will make it work on the tenth, eleventh, and so on. It is partly this commitment to excellence and this uncompromising spirit that makes BTA shows so captivating to watch. A BTA training teaches patience, resolve, tenacity, and problem solving. You can see these qualities at play when watching any BTA show from Vlad’s body of work. As directors and choreographers working in New York and abroad, we can always tell which performers have been through life and fire with Vlad, and they’re always the most in-demand performers in the room.
Rick and Jeff are a directing and choreography team for stage and screen. Recent highlights include choreographing a special NYE performance for Phish at Madison Square Garden and Broadway Asia’s immersive Peter Pan in Beijing. For camera they’ve directed award-winning shorts and music videos that have screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, Sprockets, festivals around the world, and online at Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and the Huffington Post.
Recent stage directing credits include Smile (FringeNYC), Roll! Arts Nova), The 39 Steps (PST), and Dispossessed (HERE). Recent choreography credits: Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Light Princess (American Repertory Theatre/New Victory Theatre, NY Times Critic’s Pick), My Machine is Powered by Clocks (New Ohio/Dixon Place), Hold Music (The Living Theatre), and Tit for Tat (Ailey Citigroup/White Wave/Steps on Broadway).
Recent music video choreography: “Safe and Sound” (Capital Cities), “Around” (Russell Elliot), and “Bad Body” & “Don’t Feed the Party Animal” (Miracles of Modern Science).
As performers they have worked with choreographers Alison Chase (Pilobolus), Cherice Barton (B’way: Spider-Man), Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Cedar Lake), and Josh Prince (B’way: Shrek, Beautiful), and have appeared in films, TV shows, and commercials produced by MTV, YTV, National Geographic, Bravo!, and MuchMusic. The bros are grads of Harvard and Princeton, third degree black belts in Kenpo Karate, Canadians with US Green Cards (eh!), and proud Vlad’s grads.