American Dance Machine

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The American Dance Machine was a theatrical dance company created by Lee Theodore, which played at the Century Theatre, opening Jun 14, 1978, running 199 performances. The show was a "Living Archive" of Broadway theatre dance; great theatre dances saved from oblivion. Choreographers included: Agnes De Mille, Jack Cole, Joe Layton, Michael Kidd, Ron Field, Bob Fosse, Onna White and Peter Gennaro. Featured dancers and guest artists included Harold Cromer, Liza Gennaro, Patti Mariano, Lawrence Leritz and Donald Young.


ADM actively archived the works of great dance "Teams" including The Szony's and Augie & Margo; as well as original Ballroom Dances. ADM productions often featured these specialities in diverse seasons in USA, Japan & Italy. Francois Szony himself often appeared. During several seasons in the 1980s Peter Maxwell & Vicki Regan were engaged as the principal dancers for that section of the show. Maxwell was a former Ballroom World Champion and Regan a US Champion and highly accomplished tap dancer (she appeared in the original cast of 42nd Street on Broadway) They were chosen for the cover of the iconic Dance Magazine (Editor in Chief Bill Como) issue highlighting the article "The Sensational American Dance Machine In Japan" ADM also established, for a short time, a training "satellite" in Tokyo, as reported in the article.