When "West Side Story" premiered in Minsk on May 23, 2012 it became the first American musical ever produced in Belarus. With major support from the US Embassy, Minsk and the US Department of State, "West Side" featured a collaboration between the musical theater society and American choreographers Jason Garcia Ignacio and Paul Gordon Emerson of Company E in Washington, DC.
The show was directed by Anastasiya Grinenko, featured an entirely Belarussian cast and was performed in Russian.
Here is a short excerpt from one of the signature dances from "West Side," "Cool." The choreography is by Paul Gordon Emerson and Jason Garcia Ignacio.