JOHN VINCENT LEGGIO (BIO)
John’s professional career started at the age of sixteen, touring the country with Crackerjack Theatre, and performing at the world premiere of the movie, "Six Weeks," for Barbra Streisand, among other stars, at the NYC Hilton Hotel. In his home town of Kansas CIty, John worked with legendary Broadway composer, John Kander, in the musical, "The Happy Time." At seventeen, he performed and toured with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and performed at the well known, Kansas City, Starlight Theatre.
John attended college as a Dance Major, at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and went on to perform at Opryland USA and Disney World. In Nashville, John performed in numerous television specials, and toured Europe as a dancer with “Country Music USA.” John was lead vocalist on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s “Nordic Prince.”
In 1988, John was given his first Broadway touring contract with the production of CATS, playing the role of Mungojerrie. John went on to play in CATS on Broadway for three years. While in CATS, John played a small part on Saturday Night Live, in a sketch featuring members of the CATS company, and stars Cheri Oteri and Will Ferrell. John toured and performed on Broadway as the featured dancer in the revival of My Fair Lady, starring Richard Chamberlain, and toured with the Broadway productions of Showboat and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He returned to perform in CATS in 1998, before its final curtain. John was also a featured performer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, with Chris Gattelli as choreographer.
In 1999, John moved to Florida to pursue a career as a director, choreographer, teacher and performer, where he assisted in the production of Disney’s Epcot Millennium Parade. John became the Resident Choreographer of the Jaeb Theatre in Tampa, where he won Weekly Planet's “Best of the Bay” for his choreography and performance in an original production, “Swing, Swing, Swing.” He went on to choreograph “Little Shop of Horrors” and was the assistant director and choreographer of “The Best Of Jacque Brel,” where a critic from the Times acclaimed it was “possibly the best thing he had ever seen in a theatre.” John became the Artistic Director of The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, Florida in the year 2000, in charge of casting, directing, and choreographing Broadway musicals, and writing original musical revues. John was also the Assistant Director and Choreographer for Cirque Dreams, Holidaze, National Tour.
In 2004, John opened his own school, John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts, where he taught dance, theatre, music and acrobatics to ages three to adult. His students are now performing on Broadway, The Radio City Rockettes, national Broadway tours, regional theatres, cruise ships and theme parks around the country. John has produced dance workshops and conventions, bringing current Broadway and L.A. star choreographers to work in the Tampa Bay area, including Brian Friedman, Chio Yamada, Josh Bergasse, Joey Dowling, Andy Blankenbeuhler, Ray Hesselink, Terry Beeman, Joey Pizzi, Scott Wise, Elizabeth Parkinson, Mark Kanemura, Comfort Fedoke and many more.
John has returned home to New York City to share his talents and life experience with all the dreamers of the next generation. John recently finished choreographing and teaching for the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive and is currently on staff at Marymount Manhattan College teaching dance part time. To see some of John's current work as a choreographer and teacher, click the link below:
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