Larry Keigwin (B.A. ’07)
Larry Keigwin Q & A:
What was your favorite class, professor, or fondest memory of Hofstra?
All the dance classes were my favorite. I was a sponge for anything dance-related. There really was such a diverse faculty and class experiences. I loved my dance professors equally. With that said, I remember a creative project that Stormy Brandenberger assigned to the class – a site-specific assignment. I took my audience to the 10th floor of the Axinn Library (the top floor), and I rollerbladed around campus in a choreographed fashion, in and out of buildings with an orange tracksuit on. Hofstra really has a tight community of dancers; backstage is always a lot of fun, too.
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
After graduating, I started dancing for a choreographer, Mark Dendy, and then became an assistant chorographer for him. It was an interesting and eye-opening experience. It taught me how to handle many different tasks at once. I learned a sense of responsibility and commitment.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
My field of specialty is dancing and choreographing. I started dancing when I was 16, which is a little late in life to start dancing. I was in a high school musical and someone suggested I major in it, which I didn’t even know was an option. I auditioned at Hofstra and received a scholarship. Socially I enjoyed dancing, and Hofstra gave me the tools to make it happen.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
To soak it all up and commit 100 percent to school, but to also stay completely engaged. If the opportunity doesn’t come knocking, create the opportunity.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
How has your degree from Hofstra helped your line of work?
My degree has given me a wealth of knowledge and background – a truly stable base and foundation for what I do and love.
What has been your favorite play/show to choreograph?
I really enjoyed creating my dance company. I love working with other dance departments and schools. But, my favorite show to choreograph was the musical Rent. I just did the off-Broadway revival of Rent as well.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself choreographing and directing on Broadway. I’d like to create my own ballets for ballet companies and tour my dance company internationally.