Jeremy Towle

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What are you currently working on?
I am about to go into rehearsals for “A Christmas Carol” at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA. After that I’ll be back on the road with “The Aluminum Show” in Moscow, Russia! Then I’ll be dancing in “On The Town” at the Lyric Stage in Boston!
Where are you based out of?
I am based out of Boston, MA.
When did you start your training?
I didn’t take my first dance class until I was 20 years old. I was a cheerleader all through middle school, high school, and college. So I had rhythm and flexibility. And as a theater/acting major at the University of Maine you had to take two dance classes. The first class I took was modern dance 101 at 8:30am. Let’s just say it was a rough class. The teacher loved that I could actually move and said to take her jazz class the next semester. So I did. I also found out later in my college years that I needed a foreign language requirement. I couldn’t fit it in within my 4 years there, so I had to go an extra year just for that. So I took a lot of dance classes, modern, jazz, ballet, choreography, etc and was able to get my dance minor!
When did you decide you wanted to be a dancer?
When I finished college I wanted to be an actor. Musical theater seemed to melt the dance, acting, and song into one.
What was your first professional job as a dancer?
My first professional job was with Snappy Dance Theater in Boston, MA. I had moved to Reading, MA to start working at an all-star cheerleading gym. As I was watching TV late at night, a show about the arts in Boston came on. And it featured Snappy Dance Theater. It was right up my alley. It was a contemporary company that blended all the disciplines of the fellow company members. And they loved my cheerleading background.
Who were your mentors and what roles did they play in your growth as an artist?
My first would be my middle school and high school music teacher, Mr. Henry Noonan. Growing up, he took us on so many different trips to perform. That is when I went to Washington DC for the first time, New York City for the first time and saw my first Broadway show, CATS! He will always be in my memory and heart. Also, Ann Ross, my first dance teacher at the University of Maine. Martha Mason, the artistic director for Snappy Dance Theater. She took a chance on me and started me on the path.
What’s your favorite memory on stage?
I have so many. One great memory was performing with “The Aluminum Show” in Madrid, Spain on my birthday and having be gay PRIDE outside our theater door. It was AWESOME! I also did a production of “La Cage aux Folles” at the Reagle Music Theater with some of the original broadway company members. That was one of my favorite experiences.
What is your favorite place you have ever performed?
I have performed all over the world. I loved Madrid, Spain. But I loved traveling the US performing to full houses. That was nice.
What has been your greatest triumph to date?
I guess “The Aluminum Show” would be my greatest and biggest to date.
Was there a particular performance that changed your life or changed you as a dancer?
“The Aluminum Show” was in Edmonton, Canada and we did a morning show for some physically and mentally handicapped kids. That was a lot of fun, to see their faces light up. Inspiring to say the least. Companies that I have seen that have changed me would be Momix or Pilobolus. I love what they do, so visual. Lunar Sea is one of my favorites!
Do you have a pre-show ritual or superstition?
I am not a religious person but spirited. So before I start a show, right before I take my first steps onstage, especially on opening night and closing night, I would look up and give a wink to my family up there watching over me, in hopes they would watch over me as I perform.
What inspires you to keep going?
That feeling you get on stage. It’s great!
Where do you see yourself in 15 years? Will you still be dancing?
WOW, I have no idea. I would love to be in the arts still. I would still be acting. Who knows!
What are your goals outside of dance?
I would love to win the lottery. But as of right now, I’m in the moment.
Do you have any advice to give to other dancers whether they are just
starting or in the thick of it?
Keep going, it is going to be rough. You will hear no a lot, but don’t worry about it. Keep pushing through.
What music are you listening to right now?
Musical theater songs. I just downloaded “Bring It On: The Musical”! hehehehe
List five inspirations.
My band teacher, Henry Noonan. Rest in Peace!!!!!
My parents, who let me do whatever I wanted and supported me every inch of the way.
My mister, Jeff Davis, such a hard working man!

Jeremy Towle has been touring the world with The Aluminum Show for the last 2 years. Regional theater credits include The Wild Party (New Repertory Theater, 2007 IRNE nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Awesome 80’s Prom (Bello Productions),Cabaret (New Repertory Theater), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Foothills Theater), The Bartered Bride (Opera Boston),PIRATES! (With Tony Award winner Cady Huffman, Huntington Theater Company), La Cage aux Folles (Reagle Music Theatre), The Emancipation of Mandy and Miz Ellie (Company One), The Music Man, (Reagle Music Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Walpole Footlighters), A Chorus Line (Reagle Music Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (Hanover Theatre). He will be dancing in the musical On The Town at the Lyric Stage in the late spring of 2013. He enjoyed touring the world with Snappy Dance Theater, and touring the US with kid’s favorite rockin’ band, The Doodlebops, LIVE!

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