Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala 2014

Jazz at Lincoln Center screenshot - Ryan Francois and his dancers - Samantha and Brian

Screenshot from last night’s live stream performance at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala 2014. In the photo we’re on the right with Samantha in the red dress!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala 2014 - Samantha L Siegel and Brian T LawtonWOW. That’s all we can say about the opportunity to perform on stage with Wynton Marsalis. At Jazz at Lincoln Center. In the Rose Theater. With choreography by Ryan Francois. With host Billy Crystal. Alongside the most talented jazz musicians and singers in the world and other of our Syncopated City Dance Company members. WOW. This week came and went. It was truly surreal.

We started from scratch on two brand new routines–a Charleston and a Lindy Hop–by Ryan Francois on TUESDAY. Tech was WEDNESDAY. The show was THURSDAY. We worked morning to night on those days to create, clean, and perfect these routines for the prestigious event to share our love for what we do, and the music that inspires us.

To perform for a live orchestra is truly fulfilling, it brings out the best in our dance. We are near speechless trying to describe the dream we lived last night. We cannot be any more thankful for the opportunity to perform last night at the incredible Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala 2014.

Stay tuned for an edited video of our performances!

Photo to the right: Copyright Jazz at Lincoln Center 2014, taken backstage after our final performance!

Photos below by Frank Stewart, courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center 2014