The Manzari Brothers
The Manzari Brothers, John and Leo, are DC natives that were discovered by the legendary Maurice Hines in 2009. Hines, who calls the duo "a phenomenon," cast the brothers in Arena Stage's record breaking production Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, for which they received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Since then, they have performed in renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, The Strathmore Music Center, The Palladium Theatre, Lincoln Center, The Majestic Theatre, and the famous Apollo Theatre. Leo and John have also been guests on a number of television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Mo'Nique Show, BeBe Winans' television special America, America, and PBS' NewsHour. The Manzari Brothers will soon be reunited with Maurice Hines in the upcoming Arena Stage production Tappin' Through Life, where, as John describes, he "passes the torch" to the next generation of dance.