Umbrella Academy’s Diego actor learned how to dance on Zoom for Season 3

David Castañeda breaks down The Umbrella Academy season 3 dance, discussing the rehearsal process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Umbrella AcademyDavid Castañeda from Reveals He Learned to Dance Over Zoom for Season 3. The Netflix series, based on the popular comics of the same name by Gerald Way, premiered in 2019 and follows the Hargreeves, a dysfunctional family of brothers and adopted sisters, who possess superpowers, as they deal with time travel and the secrets of their father’s mysterious past in an effort to save the world from a global apocalypse. In addition to Castañeda, who plays Diego/Number 2, the series stars Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya and Aidan Gallagher.


The Umbrella Academy season 3 was announced in November 2020, but like many other productions at the time, the series was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and was not released until June 22, 2022. Upon its return, audiences was treated to a surprise, albeit entertaining, “Footloose” dance-off in Episode 1 between the Hargreeves and the newly introduced members of Sparrow Academy, formed in an altered timeline where Sir Reginald chose to adopt six more children superpowers instead. Showrunner Steve Blackman previously discussed the number, following Diego being hit by Jayme’s hallucinogenic spit (Sparrow’s Number 6), and shared that during quarantine the cast practiced with a choreographer to accomplish the “big Bang“of an opening.

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In a recent interview with TV Insider, David Castañeda also described the process of filming the Season 3 dance sequence. The actor talked about having to rehearse on Zoom and watching tutorials on how to perform certain moves, and noted how it was fun to finally train in person. He also discussed the difficulties of being on set for the scene with the COVID protocols in place and how that affected filming. Read Castañeda’s quote about dancing below:

The dancing was quite exciting and nerve-wracking, especially because I had never done anything professional in terms of choreography and was working with a dance choreographer, John Heginbotham. But having to do Zoom reps and learn video tutorials on how to do the moves and obviously watch Footloose and figure out the rhythm and then go and do reps in person was fun. And once we got on set the dance had to be delayed for about another six weeks I believe due to COVID protocols and the providence of Ontario didn’t allow for I think more than 10 performers . ‘Cause obviously the sparrows and the umbrellas together, we were somewhere around 13 – 14, if you include mom, Grace [Jordan Claire Robbins].

Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves, Elliot Page as Vanya/Viktor Hargreeves, Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves, Aidan Gallagher as Number Five, David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves, Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy Season 3

Much of the filming of The Umbrella Academy season 3 seemed to have been impacted by the pandemic and COVID protocols. Adding to the already extended hiatus after its second season, the show’s filming schedule had to conform to established procedures, which reduced filming days. Star Tom Hopper opened up about the length of filming last year, revealing they were far from finished at the time, but mentioned, like Castañeda, that every moment on set was fun.

Steve Blackman and those involved with the show certainly know how to maintain that sense of fun, one of the reasons fans have come to love the show and its characters so much. Another source of interest for audiences was Diego and his journey through three seasons, and so his hallucination being a “Footloose” dance battle made it all the more fun. With new episodes now available, fans can catch up on all the fun and look forward to more The Umbrella Academy with a possible season 4 in sight.

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Source: TV Insider

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