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Karla Puno Garcia, Master Class, Jazz

Karla Puno Garcia was the first woman of color to choreograph the Tony Awards (76th Annual). Favorite choreography credits include additional scenes for the Lin Manuel Miranda directed Netflix film Tick, tick … BOOM!; The Starz series Power: Raising Kanaan; Days of Wine and Roses: Broadway (co-choreographer); The Connector (MCC Theatre); Duncan Sheik musical Noir (Alley Theatre); Mathew Lopez’s Somewhere (Geva Theatre); Gone Missing (Encores Off-Center); Other World (Delaware Theatre Company); and In The Heights (VA Repertory) in which she received the Richmond Theater Critics Award for Best Choreography.

As a dancer, Karla’s favorite performance credits include Broadway’s Hamilton, where she was a swing for four years; West Side Story, Gigi, Hot Feet; National and International Tours Wicked, Addams Family, Bad Boys of Dance. TV: Smash (season 2) and So You Think You Can Dance (season 5). Films: Better Nate Than Ever, Annie Live!, and Blues Clues Broadway Dreams. Karla has a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch, and she is currently on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.