Posted November 12, 2015
AEA’s GYPSY ROBE®
A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway
She Made it Happen: Miami native Nina Lafarga earns the Gypsy Robe for On Your Feet! mirroring her own journey to the Broadway stage
“The Gypsy Robe is such an important and empowering tradition because it is one of the rare times that one person from the ensemble is singled out and acknowledged by the entire Broadway community for the contribution they have made over the course of their career. Members of the ensemble contribute to a show’s creation in such profound ways. They create the world that the show lives in and add vital style, color, energy and emotion that then inspires and uplifts other cast members, carrying the show to a whole new level. When I was presented with the Robe I felt incredibly honored and grateful. What I remember most about the ceremony is all of the love I felt from everyone in the circle. There was a true magic in the air that words cannot express. To have received it for On Your Feet! was so special because the show represents so much of who I am and where I come from — in many ways it tells my story and is a musical that celebrates culture, family, history and love.”
photo: Walter McBride
||On Your Feet!
||November 5, 2015
||Early training: dance with Mia Michaels from ages 8-18. High School: New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL). BFA: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Specialized: Broadway Dance Center; Steps on Broadway; voice with Aaron Hagan, Liz Caplan; acting with Ted Sluberski, Allen Savage, Bob Krakower.
|Year Joined AEA
|How I Got My Equity Card
||“I earned my Equity card when I made my Broadway debut in Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida.”
|Broadway Chorus Credits
||"I know all of the words to ‘Baby Got Back’ by Sir Mix-a-lot, ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice and ‘All I Need’ by Method Man (well, at least the first verse of that song).”
Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony
Nina Lafarga does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.
Nina Lafarga with the cast members of On Your Feet!.
(Photos by Walter McBride)
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