In 2005 Maria Torres auditioned young dancers to take part in a Broadway style production number to be performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Upfronts as part of the cartoon Class of 3000, based on Andre 3000 (Outkast)), and is blown away by a talented 10-year old—Marina Micallizi. Since then a mentor-mentee relationship has flourished, sparked by Maria’s passion to help Marina light up not only on the stage but also behind the scenes, leading Marina on her own journey to pay it forward by exposing others to the healing power of the arts. Marina believes that we each have the power to light the darkness and she hopes to create a better, brighter world.
Marina credits as a performer include on Disney’s film Enchanted, the Broadway musicals How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical and Billy Elliot, and other notable productions as well as assistant to top choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Laurie Ann Gibson, Chris Judd and Shane Sparks.
Hour Glass Time to Talk about the stories shaping the artist - an original Podcast created and hosted by Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar
Episode #3: Interview with Marina Micalizzi
Music Theme: Roman Rojas
Editor: Parker Robinson
Episode 3# Sound Mixer: Carlos Berrios
In Studio Engineer: Peter Scozzari
Recording Studio: Madpan Productions
Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar Proudly Present the First Episode of the Podcast HourGlass
We invite our friends to tune in to our answer —HourGlass Time to Talk, a dynamic podcast that shares the artist’s journey with personal stories that define not just the work but also what have shaped the person’s humanity. From the stage to the silver screen to the recording to the writer’s keyboard, HourGlass celebrates the artist’s voice across all mediums.
On the first segment of our episode #1, we introduce our show’s mission then follow up with the highly entertaining segment “Kick, Ball, Change—Keep it Moving with Maria Torres,” spotlighting the mishaps that happen when performing for a live audience and how these are aptly suited as metaphors for recovery after a misstep in real life. On the launch of this highly entertaining segment, Maria Torres talks with Sylvia Roldán Dohi who was a swing on Miss Saigon for 10 years on Broadway.
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes with exciting hot topics from Broadway and Beyond.
HourGlass – Time to Talk is a SAG New Media audio podcast conceived Maria Torres and co-producer Giovanna Aguilar.
Episode #1 - Segment #2 -
Original Music Theme and Sound Mix by: Roman Rojas
Sound Engineering by: Peter Scozzari
All the world’s a stage, and there is no better place where junior high school students can begin to prepare to take on the world than on their school’s theater stage. Honoring our mission to support the arts in all of its forms, especially through education, HG’s Giovanna Aguilar recently had an inspirational conversation with Gary Politano on the Mr. and Ms. Belleville Scholarship Contest, which was conducted this past April at the Belleville High School, Belleville, NJ.
Gary is joined Vice Principal Joseph Rotonda to share how this contest evolved from an idea that began at a library from Gary’s experience in working on beauty pageants such as Miss USA to providing scholarships to students for post their high school graduation.
HHour Glass Time to Talk about the stories shaping the artist - an original Podcast created and hosted by Maria Torres and Giovanna Aguilar (Executive Producer and Writer)
The Voice: Sylvia Roldan Dohi
Recording Studio: Madpan Productions
Music Theme: Roman Rojas
Sound Engineering: Peter Scozzari
John Reddick of NYC’s Harlem Link Charter School shares a letter with HourGlass about how Maria Torres’ foundation MTEAF is motivating young people to put their best foot forward. This past November MTEAF introduced a new musical theater class to Harlem Links students who went on to perform the song “Fame,” on February 13, 2015, as part of an anti-bullying campaign and the students are now in rehearsals for the musical called the “True Colors of Weedle.” Book and Lyrics By June Rachelson - Ospa Music by Allison Brewster
“Dear Mr. Reddick: …Congratulations to each and every one of those inspiring children… Warmest Wishes Dean Pitchford,” Mr. Pitchford is the author of Fame and Footloose.
The Miss Saigon Performance that Had Sylvia Roldán Dohi Dancing for Jesus
It is the Morning of the Dragon—the Chinese pageant dance number is about to
Cue Music! Military beats fill the air enchanting the Broadway audience.
Dancers wearing tiger masks in Ho Chi Minh suits are ready to come out from
behind the curtain as…
Sylvia Roldán Dohi, the first in line of the procession, stands on the Ho Chi Minh
statue’s foot—ready to lead. She steps on to the stage. She is dancing. She is
moving—alone by herself as… The audience watches her dance for Jesus.
Maria Torres Shows the Rockettes How to Make a Remarkable Entrance and an ‘Interesting Exit’
It is the late 1990s and Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan is jam-packed with an audience eagerly awaiting the Spring Extravaganza starring Gregg Burge to begin.
Backstage the Rockettes are awaiting their cue for the opening number as…
Maria Torres steps onto the stage with her partner Arte Phillips. She is ready to awe the audience with her fierce tricks—double pirouettes, knee spins AND the water slide that has her pleading, “I just need to get to the other side…”
From the Girl from Brooklyn to the Woman working on the upcoming Broadway Musical On Your Feet, about the inspiring lives of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Maria Torres has always been determined thanks to the unwavering support of her mom, who to put it simply was—FIERCE. HourGlass is proud to share an inspiring, intimate moment in Maria Torres' life that is an example of the kind of stories our podcast will be sharing.
"My mother, Gladys Torres, taught me while young to love instead of to hate, to rise above adversity by not being a victim, but by rather being an achiever. I promised her that when I reached my mountaintop that I would share my teachings with the next generation. Time to talk!" - Maria Torres
Stay tuned for the full episode TO BE RELEASED SOON!
Choreographer, Director, Producer - Maria Torres talks about the types of stories that get her hooked on a project, and working with her buddy, actor John Leguizamo whom she met in the early 90s and worked with on the film Summer of Sam. Since then she has been his go-to choreographer.
Listen to what she loves about John and his recent dra-medy- Fugly.
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