Jeffrey Schecter, better known in the theater community as “Shecky” has been a professional performer for almost 20 years. Jeff’s Broadway and National Tour credits include A Chorus Line, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Beauty And The Beast, Guys And Dolls, West Side Story, Ragtime, and The Mambo Kings. He has appeared regionally at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey (On The Town), Reprise LA in Los Angeles (Babes In Arms) and City Center Encores in NY (Bells Are Ringing, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.)
Jeff is not your average dancer, but a true a triple threat that successfully transitioned from the ensemble to starring roles.
Jeff most recently created the role of “Willie Scarlatti” in the world premiere of Robin and The Seven Hoods at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
However, most people may recognize Jeff from the documentary film, Every Little Step where he can be seen auditioning for the revival of A Chorus Line. Jeff ultimately won the role of “Mike,” (I Can Do That!) and went on to star in the revival for the entire run.
Jeff is currently appearing on Broadway in The People In The Picture starring Donna Murphy.
After the success of A Chorus Line, Jeff was in high demand as coach and teacher. He started teaching Broadway Master Dance Classes with a special focus on A Chorus Line.
Jeff has expanded his resume and taught all over the United States for dance studios, Schools and Organizations that include: STAGE DOOR CONNECTIONS in New York, AMERICAN THEATRE DANCE WORKSHOP on Long Island, THE BIZKIDZ in Los Angeles, HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION in California, various dance studios in Manhattan, PRINCETON DAY SCHOOL in New Jersey, and one on one instruction with a client as young as 14 and one as old as 60. It’s never too late to get your dance on!
It is Jeff’s goal to introduce and teach anyone that has a want, a need, or a desire to dance. Jeff has been very successful in a very competitive business because of his great talent, but more importantly because of his great work ethic, and his respect for the people he works with. He is a person that people like and like to work with. To quote Jeff. “Have fun, work hard, be nice and don’t forget to laugh.”
“Jeffrey “Shecky” Schecter’s Schedule.” Jeffrey “Shecky” Schecter Faculty Bio – Broadway Dance Center. Web. 14 July 2015.
Because of his passion to continually develop young artists, Ryan has served as creative director and choreographer for several National Tours. He has also been affiliated and taught for many dance conventions including The Adrenaline Dance Convention, Dance Revolution, The Drop Off, Urban Legends and Cre8tion Dance.
Ryan currently teaches hip-hop for the Dupree Dance Convention and is the staff choreographer for Gateway Church where he has choreographed large-scale musicals including, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell and Truthical. He also continues to travel across the country teaching Master Classes and choreography for local studios and dance teams.
Ryan’s desire and goal is to inspire each of his students to break through any limitations they have placed on themselves and help them on their journey to becoming the well-rounded dancer they were created to be! He believes there is a confidence, strength and freedom which only dance can cultivate and loves to see his students develop movements they never thought possible.
Ryan resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Amy and two kids. Ryan gives all praise and thanks for his dance career to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Every moment is a gift from Him and without Jesus, Ryan is nothing.