UNDERSTUDY is the story of Clara Klein, an understudy dancer in the hit Los Angeles dance show, Sanz De Rio. Clara struggles with her identity and must make choices to overcome her long-term boyfriend’s infidelity, rid her self of jealousy over the lead role, and redeem her integrity for past mistakes. No matter how hard she struggles, Clara may never get to be number one, but she still learns to be confidant in who she is and appreciate her role as a professional dancer.
In mid June, Cristina Malavenda shot her graduate thesis film, "Understudy." I was a member of her crew as a sound technician and filmed us having a blast. You can hear me yell "rolling" before the filming starts!
In this video, the dance performance was held at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont. The studio was the same studio they shoot "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars."
Directed by Cristina Malavenda
Starring Jeanine Mason (winner of So You Think You Can Dance)
Choreography by Desi Jevon
3rd Street Dance Studio - We shot our dance rehearsal scenes here. "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing With the Stars" also film rehearsal scenes at this studio.