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!