“I think everyone has to just follow their heart. If you are always afraid of what will be the outcome, you will never know how far you can go,” comments Atlanta native Lynorris Evans, who is a member of the Ensemble and an understudy for Joe and Andy in the national tour of the world premiere Flashdance the Musical.
For Evans that thought has been a guiding principal for him in his own pursuit of becoming a dancer. Having appeared in several productions, including the First National Tour of Memphis and Leap of Faith on Broadway, he still continues to follow his heart and train himself as a dancer.
After appearing in the workshop for Flashdance the Musical, it is only fitting that he continues to be a part of telling the story of Alex, a steel mill worker who dreams of being a ballerina and moonlights as a flashdancer as she chases her passion.
“I have always enjoyed the movie so just to be a part of the live show is just crazy, knowing that I wanted to dance,” Evans says. “Going back and watching the movie and seeing her struggles and what she went through to live her dreams goes hand and hand with mine.”
As a child in the Atlanta area, Evans wanted to dance, and he started his training here, dancing in several local productions such as The Nutcracker. However, it was when he went to Fordham University to study dance that his future in musical theater began to take shape.
Much like Alex in the show, Evans has been influenced by a mentor who has helped him find his way and offer encouragement when needed.
“Just when you think you are not good enough, you always have that person to let you know that you can do it,” he says. “My dance teacher, she pushed me to audition for our production of The Wiz. I was afraid to sing in front of people, but she told me I should just go for it. I ended up getting the part of the Scarecrow.”
However, he is quick to state that encouragement is only part of the equation. It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to dance professionally. He sees Alex as an example of the devotion that it takes to succeed as a dancer.
“Just seeing her love for being a dancer and committing herself to doing it is definitely what we all face,” he states. “The dance world is quite hard, but you put yourself through it because you love what you do.”
Yet, for Evans, Flashdance the Musical is more than just a story for dancers. Alex’s struggles are universal, and everyone can relate to the events onstage and take away a bit of encouragement to follow their own dreams and passions.
“When you love something so much, you go through the trials and tribulations to get what you want,” Evans explains. “I think everyone has to just follow your heart. If you are always afraid of what will be the outcome, you will never know how far you can go.”
After Atlantans attend what Evans describes as a “quality, energetic show,” he hopes that any future dancer in the audience will be inspired to “continue to follow your passion, continue to take classes and continue to strive to be the best that you can be. It is very rewarding at the end.”
Part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series, Flashdance the Musical plays at the Fox Theatre through February 10, 2013. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, online and by phone at 855-ATL-TIXX. Visit www.BroadwayInAtlanta.com to learn more about the remaining shows in the Broadway in Atlanta 2012-2013 season and see the recently announced 2013-2014 season.
By: Kenny Norton