ADM21 Emerging Choreographers
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century is expanding its mission with the Emerging Choreographers initiative – a creative platform for ADM21 dancers to extend their voices as choreographers of musical theater dance.
ADM21 dancers Skye Mattox and Jess LeProtto are stunning dance artists who have been featured in ADM21 choreographic reconstructions, taught and coached by ADM21 stagers. They have since begun to choreograph and we are committed to nurturing their artistry as dance creators.
Skye Mattox is originally from Danville, NH and grew up dancing at her mother’s studio. From there, she studied intensively for two years at Jeannette Neill’s studio in Boston, MA. The granddaughter of jazz dance legend, Matt Mattox, she was always drawn to jazz and theater dance.
She began her career as a performer when she moved to New York City at age 17. Broadway credits: West Side Story, On The Town (Ivy Smith understudy), and Carousel. Other NYC credits include American Dance Machine, and numerous shows for New York City Center’s Encores! series, such as Little Me and High Button Shoes. TV: Smash (Season 2), Fosse/Verdon, The Deuce (Season 3) . In December 2021, she can be seen in theaters as a Jet Girl in the upcoming adaptation of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg.
In addition to performing, Skye is also passionate about choreography and teaching. She teaches at two of New York City’s premier dance studios, Steps On Broadway and Broadway Dance Center, and has been on faculty for Broadway Dreams Foundation. When she is not performing, she enjoys teaching for studios, training programs, and performing arts schools across the country. Follow her on instagram @skye_mattox .
Jess LeProtto is a New Jersey native and Broadway performer, who holds a B.F.A. Musical Theater at Pace University. Broadway credits include: Carousel, Hello, Dolly!, Cats (Mungojerrie), On The Town, Newsies (OBC), Bye Bye Birdie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and The Boy From Oz. National Tours/Regional Theater include: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Grand Ole Opry), American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (Joyce Theater), A Bronx Tale (Papermill Playhouse), In Your Arms (Old Globe Theater), Freddie Falls in Love (Signature Theater). Film/Television credits include: West Side Story (directed by Steven Spielberg), So You Think You Can Dance (Season 8, Top 8), Smash, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, and the MTV VMAs.