Anitamann

Anita Mann (b. 1947) is a dancer and choreographer who worked on several Muppet projects. Early in her career, she appeared as a dancer in the 1965 film Love and Kisses (starring Ricky Nelson), in three Elvis Presley movies, and as a regular in the first season of the variety series Shindig!. She later choreographed the series Solid Gold and several touring stage shows, as well as music videos for Dolly Parton and Ozzy Osbourne.

Mann first worked with Jim Henson in her role as choreographer for Cher. For the Muppets' guest spots in 1975, she devised some musical numbers featuring Sweetums. Henson was pleased with her ideas and proposed working together on a future project.[1]

Mann joined the Muppets in 1979, choreographing the special The Muppets Go Hollywood, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. She subsequently choreographed The Great Muppet Caper and recorded Miss Piggy's tap dancing for the Dubonnet Club sequence. She again worked with Piggy for the television special The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show. Mann later went on to direct the live stage show, Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses.

With the Sesame Street Muppets, Mann choreographed and directed two of the earliest Sesame Street Live shows, A Sesame Street Mystery: The Case of the Missing Rara Avis and Big Bird's Super Spectacular Totally Amateur Show. She also served as a "staging consultant" for the special Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting.

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  1. Television Academy Foundation interview, (YouTube)

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