Every year, the Dance Council of North Texas presents awards to local luminaries in dance, education and choreography, and this year’s recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence goes to Michael Serrecchia.
Serrecchia,whose career on Broadway included being a member of the original cast of A Chorus Line and a national tour with Chita Rivera, has made Dallas his home for several decades, during which he has remained a sought-after choreographer and performer in shows like Urinetown and A Class Act. But he has also made quite a name as a stage director, recently helming memorable productions like Uptown Players’ Next to Normal (pictured center with stars Gary Floyd and Patty Breckenridge) and ICT’s How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying — doing the choreography for both as well. His most recent show is Cheaters at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas.
“Several of Michael’s productions were prestigious regional premieres,” the Council noted in its citation. “Michael incorporates a strong point of view and style … How fortunate for North Texas that Michael settled here.”
Serrecchia’s longtime partner is costume designer Michael Robinson.
The ceremony honoring Serrecchia and others takes place Oct. 2 at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at TheDanceCouncil.org.