Betsy Haug

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Betsy Haug is a choreographer and master-teacher. She has choreographed shows on Broadway and in London, Tokyo, Rome, Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, and Toronto.

As Dance Captain in the original Broadway company of Promises, Promises, Haug staged the original production of Promises, Promises in London, Rome, Tokyo, and Copenhagen. She uses the show’s “Bible,” which contains all of Michael Bennett’s original choreography, staging, and instructions for directing the show.

Haug choreographed Broadway shows for Peter Allen, Up in One, and for Lenora Nemetz; shows for Joel Grey, Radio City Music Hall, Gloria Gaynor, and Liza Minnelli’s come-back tour (1985-6). She staged shows for the night club in Manhatta, Club Ibis, for three years. She was Assistant Choreographer to Ron Lewis for Liza Minnelli’s Broadway show The Act, and was Assistant Choreographer to Joyce Trisler for the Chicago production of Pal Joey.

Haug’s original revues include Sizzle at The Sands in Las Vegas, Bustin’ Out at Harrah’s in Reno, Risque Business at Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe, More Outrageous at Bally’s Park Place in Atlantic City (three-year run) and at the Royal York in Toronto, and Jubilation at the Crystal Palace Casino in the Bahamas (a five-year run).

Haug’s performing career as a dancer ranged from Broadway (Dance Captain in Promises, Promises) to ballet (two shows as ballet soloist at Radio City Music Hall) to television (Kraft Music Hall, Tony Awards, Ed Sullivan Show) and the national company of West Side Story.

Haug taught jazz dance, tap, modern dance (Horton Technique) at such studios as the Alvin Ailey School, the Betsy Haug Studio, New Dance Group, New York School of Ballet, Steps, and Broadway Dance Center. She has been a regularly featured instructor at dance festivals, including the Boston Summer Jazz Dance Festival, numerous dance conventions, and has taught master classes in Japan, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and New York City. She has been featured on television many times in Japan and on RAI in Italy.


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