Broadway Dancer Leads Musical Theatre Program - If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to dance along side of such greats as Bob Fosse, Shirley MacLaine, or Gwen Verdon – just ask Gary Flannery. Students of the Virginia Intermont College Theatre Department found out first hand as Flannery coached, choreographed and directed in the college’s Musical Theatre program.
A veteran dancer of the professional stage himself, Gary Flannery was featured on Broadway in “Pippin” and “Dancin” with Fosse, took both shows on their first tours, and was a featured principal dancer in the unforgettable movie “All That Jazz!” He toured the world with Shirley MacLaine, performing as her partner and co-choreographer in addition to performing in her three television specials. He has also worked in Hollywood with mega-stars such as Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, and Ann-Margret to name just a few. His greatest compliment came from Fred Astaire who, after seeing Flannery in 13 of 17 numbers in “Dancin” in 1978, called it ‘One of the greatest dance performances he had ever seen!’
A Balanchine and Juilliard scholarship winner, Flannery has danced with the Harkness Ballet, the Fred Benjamin Dancers in New York City, Les Grandes Ballet in Montreal, as well as in dozens of musicals and concert dance performances seen nationally and internationally. Distinguished dancers with whom Flannery has studied include not only Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon but also Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Bertram Ross, Fred Benjamin, David Howard, and many others. His impressive teaching career of over thirty years has included stints at Steps Studio in New York City, University of Central Florida’s Conservatory Theatre, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Northwestern University in Evanston, and Northern Illinois University in Dekalb among others.
Virginia Intermont theatre students have enjoyed rare opportunity to advance their skills under the leadership of this talented and accomplished professional artist.