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 attempt, and the eleventh, and so on. It is partly this commitment to
excellence and this uncompromising spirit that make 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 the 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 Center, Sprockets, festivals around the world, and online at
Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and The Huffington Post.
Recent stage directing credits include Smile (FringeNYC), Roll! (Ars Nova), The 39 Steps
(PST), and Dispossessed (HERE). Recent choreography credits: Orpheus in the Berkshires
(Williamstown Theater Festival), The Light Princess (American Repertory Theater/New
Victory Theater, NY Times Critics' Pick), My Machine is Powered by Clocks (New Ohio/Dixon
Place), Hold Music (The Living Theater), 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
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.