Alumni Profiles

Brandond Girouard

Brandon Girouard
Class of 2008
Dual Major in Dance and Theatre

Dancer

Upon graduation in 2008, I was given the opportunity to work with dancetheatreX as a company member – premiering the highly anticipated “Tar” for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and a private performance at The Painted Bride Arts Dance Center. In addition, I assisted with the Brandon Girouard Cast Photochoreography and rehearsal of a performance for Broadway in Capetown South Africa in NYC. After working rigorously with dancetheatreX, I moved to NYC to pursue a commercial career working with Brian Thomas, former dancer for Michael Jackson and Brian Friedman of SYTYCD. I was given the opportunity to showcase choreography in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and at an intimate showcase at The Edge in Los Angeles. In 2009 I was offered a position as dancer and featured soloist with Carnival Cruise Lines on the Carnival Ecstasy based in Galveston, Texas. After completing my 8-month contract, I was appointed dance captain on the Carnival Splendor, the largest vessel in the fleet at that time housing 1,150 staff and 3,006 passengers. Since Carnival, I performed Gregory Hines choreography in “Thanks Gregory!” and danced on the main stage of the Harrah Resort in Las Vegas in Legends in Concert with Onstage Entertainment. I also had the opportunity to privately audition for Britney Spears in the 2009 for the highly anticipated Circus Tour. Since settling back in NYC, I am enrolled at NYU where I am pursuing my master’s degree and currently am listed on the guest teacher roster for Broadway Dance Center. Recently, I mentored for So You Think You Can Dance and judge/teach for competitive dance competitions and dance studios on the east and west coasts. I have served as assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares. I founded BGProgression in 2010 – a company with a rotating roster of master teachers and educators focused on the tradition and passion of performance and artistry.

I attended Muhlenberg knowing that I wanted to pursue a career in either dance or theatre, but was unsure of which direction to follow. Muhlenberg gave me a solid foundation in understanding movement both academically and kinesthetically – principles that I find a majority of today's professionals lack. I was trained and nurtured by solid faculty - constantly pushing my Brandon Girouard Teachinglimits, encouraging me to ask questions, find my inner voice, and develop a strong point-of-view. My involvement in ACDFA, NYC Dance Theatre Workshop, and the several productions I was involved in provided a professional aspect to my education and has helped me launch my career today. Muhlenberg developed me into a strong thinker and a stronger technician. Being surrounded by professionals from several different departments allowed me to expand my ideas and strengthen my weaknesses. The Muhlenberg Department of Theatre & Dance teaches you to collaborate, articulate ideas, and to expand beyond your comfort zones. Today, I have become a true artist because of the education I earned from Muhlenberg. I encourage all my students to take the first bus to Allentown and see for themselves one of the best programs in the country.  www.bgprogression.com