Paloma Garcia-Lee’s unconventional UNCSA path leads to Broadway success

You wouldn’t call Drama and Dance alumna Paloma Garcia-Lee’s artistic journey a conventional one. The 2008 high school Drama graduate originally came to UNCSA to study ballet. She’d grown up hearing about the school from her mother, high school dance alumna Teresa (Terri) Garcia. “I heard about NCSA from the first moment I can remember,” Garcia-Lee says. “Within the first week [...]

Why It’s Okay to Be Choosy About Who You Dance For

I have a commitment, a romance, a love affair with dance, with the feeling that happens when the music and the steps so perfectly align and I can't help but get chills. That feeling when my partner and I are dancing as one, when everyone onstage feels the same heartbeat, when it's just me alone [...]

BWW Interview: Paloma Garcia-Lee Talks WEST SIDE STORY Casting

Yesterday, additional casting was announced for the highly anticipated film adaptation of West Side Story from director Steven Spielberg. Paloma Grace-Lee was cast as Graziella, the girlfriend of the Jets' member Riff, who will be played by Dear Evan Hansen's Mike Faist. ANGELS IN AMERICA scribe Tony Kushner is currently working on the film's script. Joining Spielberg as producers [...]

Tony Nominee Mike Faist, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Maddie Ziegler, More Join Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Movie

VIA. PLAYBILL BY RUTHIE FIERBERG APR 16, 2019 The upcoming movie has assembled its Sharks and Jets—the latter led by the former Dear Evan Hansen star. Mike Faist Marc J. Franklin Tony nominee Mike Faist will take on the role of Riff in Steven Spielberg's upcoming new film adaptation of West Side Story. The Dear Evan Hansen alum is among several stage favorites [...]

Paloma Garcia-Lee Writes a Letter to Her Teenage Self

via. Broadway baby Paloma Garcia-Lee has been all over the Great White Way: She's performed in The Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It and On the Town, and was the dance captain in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Her mom was a Broadway performer as well, and Lee grew up training [...]


by Paloma Garcia-Lee photo by Ted Ely 2020 has been a wild year. We know this. Everyone in some way or another has had their life affected by this. Amidst this ongoing global pandemic we are in a wildly important social justice movement on the tail-end of a heightened election, and we are faced with [...]

I’m a Broadway Dancer with COVID-19. Here’s What it’s Been Like.

Many in the dance community have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Paloma Garcia-Lee, a Broadway veteran who was performing in Moulin Rogue! until the Great White Way closed down, tested positive for the virus last month. Now recovered, she shared her experience with Dance Spirit. I had been sick for a few weeks. I didn’t have a fever, but I was […]