Chip Abbott was raised in Carson City Nevada and later went on to receive a BPA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University . Upon graduating from OCU, he furthered his dance training as an apprentice with River North Chicago Dance Company and the Houston Metropolitan Dance company, before moving to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre.
Chip served as assistant choreographer, swing, and dance captain to Joshua Bergasse in the Broadway Revival of On The Town (Tony nominee for best choreography.) He recently choreographed Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Red Mountain Theatre Company, and On The Town at the San Francisco Symphony (2016 Tony nominated choreography, re-staged).
Chip’s work has been featured at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s Met Too, InAside Chicago Dance Company, and has also been selected as a finalist at Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance World Congress. He was an artist is residency at University of Central Oklahoma and has taught master classes around the world, as well as Oklahoma City University, and the Boston Conservatory.
As a performer Chip has a diverse career spanning the worlds of Broadway, commercial dance, and concert dance. He appeared on Broadway in On the Town, and in the New York City production of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other Musical theatre credits include the 1st national tours of Joseph… Dreamcoat (Andy Blankenbuehler), R+H’s Cinderella, and as Warren Carlyle’s Dance Captain in The 101 Dalmatians Musical. He has also performed on the Today Show, The Tony Awards on CBS as well as at the Kennedy Center, and Madison Square Garden. Commercial credits include British Vogue, and Avon Cosmetics.
Chip’s contemporary and classical dance background brings a unique stylistic quality to his theatre dance class. With a heavy focus on technique and a warm up for the full body, he believes in creating a class structure that is athletic, engaging, inspiring and energizing. You will be sure to leave class feeling challenged and physically and emotionally invigorated.