Awards are only a small reward for Broadway’s Greg Haney

Rising Broadway performer Greg Haney chats with Amelia Gilmer after a workshop at Performing Arts Dance Academy in Hamburg, New York. (Photo by Rebekah Dunn)

Rising Broadway performer Greg Haney chats with Amelia Gilmer after a workshop at Performing Arts Dance Academy in Hamburg, New York. (Photo by Rebekah Dunn)

By Amelia Gilmer  

Greg Haney is on his way to becoming one of Broadway’s big names. This 30-year-old dancer has frequented the stage in productions of Tarzan, Memphis and has gone on tour with Wicked. But that’s not all for this teacher, actor and performer.

In 2013, Greg’s dancing skills were nationally recognized after he was picked as one of the top 25 dancers to look out for by Dance Magazine.

“I was so surprised!” Greg said, “and I was really, really humbled by that. There are a lot of dancers and to be picked as one of the top 25 is really amazing.”

An honor like this can definitely impact anyone’s career. For Greg, it showed the Broadway world that he is a rising star. At the time, he was playing the part of La Cienega, a transgender student, in the hit Broadway musical Bring It On.

“I think people saw me differently,” Greg says. “I was in Bring It On at the time and I was playing one of the first transgender characters on Broadway so people had already been seeing me as a force to be reckoned with.”

This isn’t the only recognition that he was given. He was chosen by the designer Cole Haan as one of the top nine gifted and talented people. Greg became a part of Cole Haan’s 2013 holiday ad, which was featured in stores across the world.

Even after given both of these big honors, Greg stayed true to the reason for performing in the first place.

“Knowing that I have something to give to the public and to the youth of America,” he says. “I just tried to stay focused with that and do what I love and keep creating art.”

Greg has been creating art since he saw a performance of Fame with his father in high school. After seeing the character Tyrone, a hip-hop dancer, he knew that performing was what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

Greg Haney with LSY!'s Amelia Gilmer and Rebekah Dunn.

Greg Haney with LSY!’s Amelia Gilmer and Rebekah Dunn.

“I think it’s every kid’s dream to be on the TV,” Greg said, “and now that I’m older and that’s actually happening, it’s nice to know that I achieved it.”

Bring It On remains one of his most memorable roles.

“I think that creating the part and actually being able to do it and people having a good experience with it and representing a percentage of people that don’t have a voice, is still amazing,” he says.

Of course, the road to stardom isn’t easy. Just like any experience, there is going to be struggles in the way but in order to achieve your goal, you have to keep going.

“Stay focused and know that you are going to hear a lot of “no’s” before you hear a yes,” he says, “and that yes is going to be worth it all.”

Amelia Gilmer is LSY!’s entertainment editor and a senior in our program at Mount St. Mary Academy in Buffalo, New York.

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