Phish Choreographer Jon Rua Provides ‘Martian Monster’ Dance Tutorial

By Scott Bernstein Apr 28, 2020 8:50 am PDT

Actor, dancer and choreographer Jon Rua put together a dance to go along with the start of Phish‘s “Martian Monster.” Rua shared an example of the dance and a tutorial in hopes fans will perform the dance via Zoom along with the “Martian Monster” that opens tonight’s Phish Dinner And A Movie livestream replay of the band’s October 28, 2016 show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Rua’s relationship with Phish started when he was cast in Hands On A Hardbody, a musical that had a short run on Broadway featuring music co-written by Amanda Green and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. Trey then recruited Jon Rua to help put together the dance that accompanied Phish’s debut of “Wombat” during their Wingsuit set on October 31, 2013. Rua also directed dances performed at Phish New Year’s Eve shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, including “the clones” on December 31, 2019.

The plan is that Jon Rua will share a Zoom link via his Instagram channel in which fans can join and pull off the “Martian Monster” dance. For those who can’t participate in the Zoom, film yourself dancing and use the hashtag “#MartianMonster” when posting the video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter so that Rua can assemble a video to share with the band. “This community has always been a two-way street and hopefully we can send a little “gag” back their way during these crazy times,” Jon Rua wrote.

In the video below, Jon Rua demonstrates the dance he choreographed for the beginning of “Martian Monster.” Rua then provides a tutorial in which fans can learn how to pull off the moves. Phish’s October 28, 2016 show can be viewed tonight, April 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT via the JamBase Livestreams Calendar. Watch Jon Rua’s “Martian Monster” tutorial below:

Rua will provide a live tutorial on his Instagram page today at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

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