Amplified Artists

Swinging and/or Dance Captaining

with Broadway's Phil Colgan

Open workshop + Q&A

Phil Colgan

Phil Colgan

Workshop Recording

This workshop has concluded, but you can still get free access to the recording with an Amplified Artists Membership!

About the Workshop

There aren’t many resources out there to teach you how to thrive as a swing and/or dance captain (let alone even how to do it), so we’re filling in the gaps!

In this workshop, Phil will share:

  • His journey with being a swing and dance captain and the lessons he’s learned along the way
  • How these positions have elevated his career, both as a performer and choreographer
  • His best tips for being effective in these roles and avoiding common mistakes

Plus, there will be time for a Q&A and chat with Phil so you can connect with him one-on-one. It’s a great way to network and build industry relationships!

About Phil Colgan

Phil Colgan was both a swing and dance captain for one of the biggest shows of the past decade—Hamilton!

His additional Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include:

  • & Juliet – Swing & Assistant Dance Captain
  • New York, New York – Associate Choreographer (Susan Stroman)
  • Only Gold – Swing & Dance Captain (Andy Blankenbuehler)

He’s also performed on TV for The Tony Awards and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he was honored with the 2023 Emerging Theater Artist Award from The Theater Hall of Fame!

Phil Colgan is a choreographer, performer, and instructor born and raised in NYC. Phil made his Broadway debut in the smash-hit Hamilton after opening the national tour as a swing and dance captain. He also served as a universal swing for the show, performing across its numerous North American companies.

Currently, Phil can be seen in & Juliet on Broadway, as a swing and assistant dance captain. Phil was Associate Choreographer to Susan Stroman for New York, New York (Tony nom: Best Choreography), and was also swing & dance captain of Andy Blankenbuehler’s Only Gold at MCC Theater. Other favorite regional credits include shows at Paper Mill, Ogunquit, Gateway, The Fulton, Maine State, and The REV, and TV credits including The Tony Awards, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Drew Barrymore Show. Other choreography credits include the LGBTQ+ reimagining of The Wizard of Oz Geva Theater), Grease (The REV), as well as numerous music videos and charity benefits such as Broadway Bares.

Phil was honored with the 2023 Emerging Theater Artist Award from The Theater Hall of Fame, and he continues to share his passion for dance by teaching across the country and at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.

www.PhilColgan.com
Instagram: @philcolgan

You'll learn everything you need to be a swing and/or dance captain!

(And what all the benefits are to these positions 🙌)

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You’ll learn how to:

  • Handle swinging a track where you can’t do something the usual performer does (a tumbling pass, high note, etc.)
  • Deal with limited rehearsal time both in the studio and with the set, costumes, props, etc.
  • Avoid feeling disconnected from the cast since you’re not always onstage with the same cast members (or even at all)

And enjoy these benefits:

  • Respect from the cast and creative team—everyone knows swings save the show
  • The variety, and getting to use your versatility, instead of the boredom and monotony of doing the same track endlessly 8 times a week.
  • Fewer performances meaning less wear and tear on your body

You’ll learn how to:

  • Handle the responsibility of teaching and maintaining the choreography, nuances, and original intentions behind it
  • Manage different personalities when delivering dance notes to the cast
  • Navigate the intersection of being in the cast while also being part of the show’s management

And enjoy these benefits:

  • Getting to work closely with the choreographer and creative team, deepening those relationships
  • Increased visibility from leading rehearsals and running auditions, which makes you more recognizable in the industry
  • Higher creative fulfillment since you’re contributing to the artistic vision of the show

You’ll learn how to:

  • Become a swing and/or dance captain
  • Negotiate the contracts in terms of pay, benefits, and protections
  • Learn and notate all the tracks, whether just for yourself or for creating the show’s bible

And enjoy these benefits:

  • You’re more in demand—fewer people can do these positions, so that means you work more!
  • You demonstrate responsibility and build trust, both of which also lead to people wanting to work with you more
  • These positions pay more than standard ensemble tracks

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Registration for this workshop is now closed, but you may still watch the recording of it by joining Amplified Artists. Members have access to all past workshops.

NEW BONUS ADDED!

Choose the “All Access” Option and Get FOUR Cheatsheats to Show You Exactly How To Set Up All of Your Swing/Dance Captain Paperwork!

1. Tracking Sheet
(to notate each character)

2. Split Track Sheet
(for modifications when multiple people are out)

3. Cast Notes Template
(for delivering both individual and group notes)

4. Lift & Safety Call Template
(for efficiently scheduling/running these calls)

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Just This Workshop
$ 30
  • Attend the Workshop Live
  • Access to the Workshop Recording
  • Bonus: 4 Cheatsheets for Swing/DC Paperwork
  • Over 30 Workshops & Trainings On-Demand
  • Step-by-Step Game Plans to Hit Your Goals
  • Unlimited One-on-One Coaching & Support
  • Monthly Town Halls & Community Events
  • Over $1200 Worth of Industry Discounts
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

All Access

Workshop + Amplified Artists
$ 39    Monthly
  • Attend all Workshops Live
  • Access to this Workshop Recording
  • Bonus: 4 Cheatsheets for Swing/DC Paperwork
  • Over 30 Workshops & Trainings On-Demand
  • Step-by-Step Game Plans to Hit Your Goals
  • Unlimited One-on-One Coaching & Support
  • Monthly Town Halls & Community Events
  • Over $1200 Worth of Industry Discounts
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
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Frequently Asked Questions

The entire workshop was recorded and is available on-demand to members of Amplified Artists. That’s along with all of our workshops from other industry professionals such as directors/choreographers Al Blacksone and Richard J. Hinds, casting directors Spencer Gualdoni and Kate Lumpkin, talent agent Lucille DiCampli, and more!

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NEW BONUS ADDED!

Choose the “All Access” Option and Get FOUR Cheatsheats to Show You Exactly How To Set Up All of Your Swing/Dance Captain Paperwork!

1. Tracking Sheet
(to notate each character)

2. Split Track Sheet
(for modifications when multiple people are out)

3. Cast Notes Template
(for delivering both individual and group notes)

4. Lift & Safety Call Template
(for efficiently scheduling/running these calls)

Workshop Only

Just This Workshop
$ 30
  • Attend the Workshop Live
  • Access to the Workshop Recording
  • Bonus: 4 Cheatsheets for Swing/DC Paperwork
  • Over 30 Workshops & Trainings On-Demand
  • Step-by-Step Game Plans to Hit Your Goals
  • Unlimited One-on-One Coaching & Support
  • Monthly Town Halls & Community Events
  • Over $1200 Worth of Industry Discounts
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

All Access

Workshop + Amplified Artists
$ 39    Monthly
  • Attend all Workshops Live
  • Access to this Workshop Recording
  • Bonus: 4 Cheatsheets for Swing/DC Paperwork
  • Over 30 Workshops & Trainings On-Demand
  • Step-by-Step Game Plans to Hit Your Goals
  • Unlimited One-on-One Coaching & Support
  • Monthly Town Halls & Community Events
  • Over $1200 Worth of Industry Discounts
  • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Best Value
All prices in USD

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