Actor ~ Dancer ~ Choreographer ~ Director
by DALE RICARDO SHIELDS
Alde Lewis, Jr., began his career as a modern dancer with Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds in Motion Dance Company in New York City. He credits the late tap veteran Charles “Honi” Coles for inspiring him to become a tap dancer after Mr. Coles offered to mentor him early in his performing career. Coles, a veteran performer of stage, film, concert stage and winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his performance in the Broadway musical My One and Only, was in semi-retirement at the time and working at the world-famous Apollo Theater. He suggested that Lewis become a tap dancer after seeing him win the coveted Amateur Night at the Apollo contest as a dancer.
Mr. Lewis went on to have extensive credits in dance, film, television, and theatre as an actor, dancer, director, and choreographer. An original cast member in the Broadway musical My One and Only, Lewis originated the role of “Otis” in the musical Big Deal, Bob Fosse’s last Broadway production. He toured with the Sophisticated Ladies national touring company and was the featured Tap Dancer in Cab Calloway’s Cotton Club Revisited. Lewis has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway and regional theaters as well. He was in the cast of Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Cotton Club.
In addition to his work on the stage, Mr. Lewis is credited as an Executive Producer and actor in the feature film Arbiter Roswell, directed by Wendell B. Harris and starring Steven Soderbergh. Now as a curator, producer, and presenter for The Paul Robeson Theater in Houston, Texas, Lewis in addition to adding musical playwright to his credits seeks to mount his original musical play, Dee’s Days of Tap Dancing in Time, of which he both penned the book and lyrics, in the very near future.
“Alde Lewis Jr, Founder / Artistic Director of A. L. Efficacy Movement (ALEM), directs a professional modern dance/theater production ensemble. Through the ALEM ensemble, we pay tribute to the centuries-old bodies of work of the African American artist…the poets, dancers, entertainers, writers, actors, singers, and choreographers. Through the use of excerpts from their classic works and the stories of their lives, we bring new audiences a powerful message of perseverance, community, power, and love. Melding modern, ballet, tap, and jazz dance with storytelling, spoken word/poetry propelled by the power of live instrumental and vocal performance, ALEM brings forth a unique motion and sound experience of storytelling, conveying our message of success through efficacy.”
“Alde Lewis, (Mr. Magix, relationship advisor) gives a standout performance the minute that he literally stands up from his chair. His Magix has a suave air and dry sense of humor, with tap-dancing feet that create a capella music. The title song and very long tap and soft-shoe number by Yazbeck and Lewis is the showstopper. The audience reaction indicated that the piece wasn’t long enough – give ’em more.” —
by Shera Cohen The Spotlight inc
“Mr. Lewis stops the show cold in the second act…”
– New York Times
A. L. Efficacy Movement
Swing, Baby, Swing!
Swing, Baby, Swing! (excerpt) Choreography: Carla Earle Dancers: Hindolo Bongay, Ashton Booth, Atriana Dearmon, Leandre Douglas, Sydney Felton, LaKendra Howard, Darius Johnson, Anaya Judson, Alde Lewis*, Jeffrey Louis, Venishia Marthrel, Kierra McKay, Tony Merriwether, Jeremy Mitchell, Olivia Olivares, Shamond Powell, Leanna Sparacino, Samantha Taborda, Brenden Winkfield Singers: Veronica Carroll, Anthony Hurman, Alex Kennedy, Cecil Shaw, Kijanna Wiseman Music: Issac Boney, David Donaldson, Alvin King, George and Ira Gershwin, Harry Akst, Grant Clarke, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills Lyrics: Norma Miller Writers: Dwight Baxter, Andrea Cody, Carla Earle, Norma Miller, Sister Mama Sonya Lighting: Tiffany Schrepferman Co-producers: Dwight Baxter, Brandon Bridges, Andrea Cody Photo by James Wiseman *Alde Lewis performs courtesy of the newly relocated A. L. Efficacy Movement, a nonprofit organization for dance and theatre in the Houston area.