Dance Instruction

with Andrew ParkhurstManaging Director, Spinning Tree Theatre

Andrew teaches private dance instruction to young actors and musical theatre performers as well as to Kansas City’s emerging professionals. With a focus on building a solid and healthy technique in addition to increasing confidence through physical expression, Andrew coaches American musical theatre dance styles to prepare the young artist for a variety of auditions and performing experiences. The one-on-one dance class provides a secure environment with the spotlight 100% focused on the dancer’s thoughtful development as an artist.

For Private Coaching rates and availability:  (816) 569-5277 or

*Andrew’s dance studio is currently full, but you may add your name to the waiting list.

Andrew Parkhurst is Managing Director and co-founder of Spinning Tree Theatre. For Spinning Tree, Andrew has co-directed and/or choreographed 13, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Violet, A Little Night Music, Motherhood Out Loud, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hello Again, The Fantasticks and Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn.

Also in Kansas City, Andrew co-directed and/or choreographed Flat Stanley and Narnia for Starlight Theatre at The Kauffman Center; Once Upon a Mattress, Annie Jr and Bugsy Malone Jr for The Coterie. He choreographed Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (2013 and 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hats starring Joyce DeWitt, Married Alive! starring Barry Williams, Cactus Flower starring Loretta Swit, Run For Your Wife starring Garrett Morris and Boeing-Boeing starring Marla Gibbs for The New Theatre.

Andrew was assistant to Tony and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Rob Ashford on the Broadway production of Curtains, and Dance Captain/Swing on the Broadway tour of Mamma Mia! for more than 2,000 performances through the United States, Canada and Mexico. He had the honor of being directed by Roman Polanski in the original Vienna production of Tanz der Vampire as Dance Soloist (Vereinigte Bühnen Wien), was chosen and directed by Alvin Ailey at age 16 to dance Memoria, and performed on the 2009 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Other performing highlights include the national tour of Chicago, Call Me Madam at Papermill Playhouse starring Leslie Uggams, Evita at North Carolina Theatre and The Aladdin in Las Vegas, and La Cage aux Folles at North Shore Music Theatre. Andrew was featured in 5 productions of West Side Story including a German-language production in Augsburg, the 40th anniversary European tour (Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, Milan and Frankfurt), and at Tennessee Repertory Theatre (recorded on the Naxos label with maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn and The Nashville Symphony), Starlight Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre.

In New York City, Andrew choreographed Wood (New York Musical Theatre Festival); the first NYC revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party; Eternal Anniversary (59E59 Theatre); and Over the Tavern (Penguin Rep). Regional choreography credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Brigadoon (The Barnstormers Theatre, New Hampshire); Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing.

Andrew has been a teaching artist for The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, Princeton Day School and Accelerated School Overland Park. He recently completed a successful semester teaching musical theatre at The University of Kansas with Michael Grayman and accompanist/music director Ryan McCall.

A Young Artist Scholar at the American Dance Festival and a graduate of Texas Christian University – where he founded the AIDS Outreach Center Benefit Concert, now in its 23rd year – Andrew created the dance program at Princeton Day School. A recent graduate of Nonprofit Connect’s Executive Director Institute, Andrew is also a 20-year member of Actors’ Equity Association.