Staff Spotlight: Dance Instructor Chris Liddell
Did you know the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall offers dance classes? We do! We offer a wide variety of classes for all ages (5 and up) and all experience levels. Classes range from musical theatre to hip-hop. More Info
Arts faculty Chris Liddell – Broadway dancer and choreographer – heads the dance department, instructs all of the dance classes at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts and also takes his talents on the road, teaching at our offsite partner schools. Chris joined the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts in the fall of 2015 and in 2016, he choreographed the student performance of Next Stop Broadway and our 2016 summer performance of The Little Mermaid.
We had a chance to talk to Chris, and found out that his talents go beyond dance! He was first trained as an actor in plays, then as a singer in musicals. “Then I was hired as Snoopy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, which was a full-on dance role. I didn't know a plié from a squat at that time but the choreographer saw and used my natural abilities. From there I started formal training in ballet, jazz and tap. The rest is history!” says Chris. Snoopy was Chris’ first role out of high school.
Chris’ formal dance training began shortly after his role as Snoopy. He performed in shows while taking classes at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. After that, Chris moved to New York City where he studied at multiple places – including Steps on Broadway – where he eventually became a dance instructor.
Chris’ story begins with aspirations to be on Broadway, which helped him realize his passion to create and produce – which led him to teaching at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts.
“The hallmark of my classes is the joy of movement. The teaching of proper technique, discipline and body development is key but so is having fun and enjoying the expression. My class is great for either the budding professional or someone who just wants to enjoy moving through space while also sharpening the mind and body. All ages!”
Chris’ inspiration to teach came from his high school drama teacher, Sara Hughes. “I love teaching to pass on the art form but I also love the opportunity to inspire young people to be the fullest, best versions of themselves.”
Chris was inspired by many others as well and likes to pay it forward. He hopes all of his students will become better people – as their time together inspires Chris to become a better person too.
Chris Liddell is choreographing the student production of the award-winning hit Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie that will be presented by the Marcia P. Hoffman students at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, July 27 at 7 pm, Friday July 28 at 7 pm and Saturday July 29 at 2 and 7 pm. Auditions will begin early this summer for those enrolled in the Bye, Bye Birdie camp.
In addition to Bye Bye Birdie, Chris will be teaching several other classes this summer at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts including: Dance for Musical Theatre for ages 13-18, Dancing on Film for teenagers and Tip Tap Toes for ages 6-9. No experience is necessary to attend Chris’ classes. More Info
For more information about our dance instructor Chris Liddell, please visit: www.christopherliddell.com.