On this episode of DLEW, I talk with Maxx Reed, co-founder of Esotericam Productions, choreographer, and previously a dancer/webslinger at Spiderman on Broadway.
Maxx has an incredible story and a diverse background, and believe me when I say that that has only made him a more incredible artist. Maxx is an incredible role model for ANY artist, young or old, and on this episode he’s sharing some of the most important things he’s learned throughout his career, and how was able to rise to level of (and share a dressing room with!) his childhood idols.
Maxx Reed is a movement artist on a mission to show compassion through choreography & creative collaboration. He’s a multi-genre performer, educator, choreographer & director, as well as a multi-medium filmmaker based out of NYC.
Originally from Memphis, Maxx is trained in styles spanning from classical ballet to hip hop. As a performer, his credits include: Broadway debut Spiderman: Turn off the Dark; music videos: Michael Jackson’s “Hold My Hand” & Beyonce’s “Who Run The World (Girls)”; television: ABC’s Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie Ann, “The Tony Awards”, & “American Music Awards” with Usher; and, film: Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Credits also include: commercials for Virgin Mobile, and Knott’s Berry Farm; local theatre: Cats, Westside Story, and Jesus Christ Superstar; and, principal dancer at New Ballet Ensemble.
As a movement educator, Maxx Reed attributes his current success to New Ballet Ensemble (NBE) & their scholarship that provided his initial dance education. Because of the NBE scholarship, Maxx received formal dance training in styles including Horton, Graham, and Forsyth that molded his street-style into a career that led to Broadway & beyond. Teaching students of all ages & backgrounds, he aims to make a social impact by paying forward the formal education & training that helped launch his professional career. Through technique & eight-counts, Maxx motivates students to express themselves and find inspiration in performance art– teaching at master workshops & mentorship programs both nationwide & global.
As a choreographer & director, his mission is to create movement that allows performers to inspire audiences through emotion, narration, and motion. Maxx’s choreography work consists of (not limited to): concert dance, musical theatre, and commercial music. His clients include: concert: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”; musicals: Claudio Quest & “Nikola Drops the Beat”; and music videos: SEE’s “She Cries” & “Potions”.
When off stage, he’s behind the camera as filmmaker & co-founder of Esotericam Productions, for which director & producer, and editor credits include: TV series Live at Gramercy Park, series documentary Broadway Dance Dreams, and short films “Pas de Carole”, “The Sonnet Project”, & “Good Business”. Through filmmaking, his goal is to give stories an alternate stage to inspire & impact audiences.
With the art of movement & filmmaking, Maxx aims to show compassion through choreography & creative collaboration–– emphasizing his role as a dance educator and multi-platform storyteller.
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