Manzari Brothers



Biography

John Manzari, from Washington, D.C., is a 17 year-old recent graduate of The Field School, Class of 2010. He recently completed a run of Arena Stage’s production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines at the Lincoln Theater. In June 2010, he performed in New York at the Astaire Awards as part of the Lifetime Achievement Tribute honoring Kenny Ortega; the D.C. Jazz Fest at the Lincoln Theater; and appeared with Maurice Hines in The Young People’s Chorus Benefit in New York. Prior to this, Manzari performed in Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker and in American Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker; with Debbie Allen in her production of Brothers of the Knight at the Kennedy Center; and the world premiere of Walking the Winds: An Arabian Tale at the Kennedy Center. John Manzari has trained in dance throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. On the competition circuit, he has won numerous regional and national awards and top honors for his duo dance performances with his brother, Leo Manzari. He is honored to be invited back to the Kennedy Center.

Leo Manzari, from Washington, D.C., is a 15 year-old student at The Field School. He recently completed a run of Arena Stage’s production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies starring Maurice Hines at the Lincoln Theater. In June 2010, he performed in New York at the Astaire Awards as part of the Lifetime Achievement Tribute honoring Kenny Ortega; the D.C. Jazz Fest at the Lincoln Theater; and appeared with Maurice Hines in The Young People’s Chorus Benefit in New York. Leo Manzari has also performed in Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker, American Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, and Debbie Allen’s production of Brothers of the Knight at the Kennedy Center. He has trained in dance throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. On the competition circuit, he has won numerous regional and national awards and top honors for his duo dance performances with his brother, John Manzari. Leo Manzari iis honored to be invited back to the Kennedy Center.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/27/2013: National Dance Day 2013

The Kennedy Center and Dizzy Feet Foundation present a free, day-long celebration featuring performances by Dizzy Feet Foundation, Culture Shock, Manzari Brothers, and others, plus interactive dances, dance lessons, and the resurrection of the well-loved “Dancing Under the Stars,” with Grammy Award–winning Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for a sultry summer salsa dance party. For schedule and information, visit the National Dance Day event page.

Video 2/4/2011: “Concerts for Young People by Young People”

Leo Manzari is a 15-year-old tap phenomenon. Presented by VSA, siblings Amanda (22), Michael (18), and Amelia (16) Ransom form The Ransom Notes, a group that blends classical, Celtic, bluegrass, and gospel music. Jazz pianist and vocalist Amy K. Bormet is a Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alumnus. Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Video 7/19/2010: An American Playlist: An Evening of Dance and Jazz

Host and Grammy Award–winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis performs. Members of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet perform Balanchine’s Ragtime pas de deux and “Contrapuntal Blues” pas de deux from Clarinade. Evidence, A Dance Company/Ronald K. Brown performs. D.C.’s tap dancing phenomenon the Manzari Brothers give an electrifying performance. Visit An American Playlist for more information.

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