episode 34

Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 6, featuring Andrew Branche

This is part six of a seven part series in which I feature guests that are all People of Color that performed in Hallelujah Hollywood, Jubilee, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello between 1973-2016. Andrew Branche, former principal dancer in Jubilee, began his career as a dancer in his late teens. Inspired by a touring cast of Cats, specifically, Mr. Mistoffelees, Andrew was smitten and began his journey to Showboy in Jubilee. Training with Garold Gardner in Vegas and then moving to New York to continue his training, he danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Rod Rodgers, and ultimately ended back in his hometown of Las Vegas to audition for Jubilee. 

Once he was part of the cast, his sights were set on Principal and our partnership began. Andrew shares how much love and respect he had for the show and his role in helping the history continue with the younger generations of performers. We also discuss our favorite onstage moments as partners, both instances, not safe for work! Ah! The occupational hazards of dancing in a topless show. Enjoy!

Showgirl's Life Podcast | ep 33 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 6, featuring Andrew Branche

ep 35 Diversifying the Narrative: stories from dancers of the line formerly known as the Ebony line and beyond part 7

This is the final episode of a seven part series in which I feature guests that are all People of Color that performed in Hallelujah Hollywood, Jubilee, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello between 1973-2016. To culminate this series, I bring together the most impactful stories, previously unpublished, from the guests in this series and a few more from other guest’s conversations. 

Over on Patreon, I’d like to keep the conversation going about this episode! Share your comments about your favorite stories or questions you had during the show. 

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