Dance

A Day in the Life of a ‘Lion King’ Dancer

BY KRISTIN SCHWAB via www.dancemagazine.com As an ensemble dancer in The Lion King, India Bolds, age 32, plays nine characters in every show, eight times a week. That’s a lot of entrances and exits, costume changes and choreography to remember. But after five years of dancing in the production, she has the show down pat. Dance Magazine followed her through a performance day to see what it takes to be in Broadway’s third-longest-running production. Bolds and her fiancé at home. Photo by Jim Lafferty 9 am: Dancing on Broadway means late nights in the theater, so Bolds sleeps in. She and her fiancé will wake up, make some tea and go over their days. “Mornings are the only time Dale and I have together, especially on a two-show day like today,” says Bolds. “I got ...

Backstage With Tommy Tune

BY STEPHENIE LAWTON via www.dancemagazine.com Tommy Tune is a man of many talents. The 10-time Tony Award–winning director, choreographer and star is famous for shows like Nine, My One and Only, The Will Roger’s Follies and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Tune is in a special class of gifted director/choreographers that includes George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Michael Bennett—yet he also danced and starred in his musicals. Today, he is touring the country with his nightclub act Tommy Tune Tonight. At 79, he is still lithe, graceful and willowy, and looks right at home onstage. So what’s it like to be backstage with the legend? Tune recently invited Dance Magazine behind the scenes for a rehearsal and performance in Los Angeles. Everyone Dresses Their Best For Tommy T...

Acting Games

Acting Games Warm-ups and practices are meant to be productive, but why not make them fun by playing games to get you into the groove (because who doesn’t like to play games)? Not only can these activities help students get warmed up, but they also help them feel more comfortable and focused. The games are broken into categories and also list the age range they work best for and the difficulty level. There are games for all ages included, some of which you may have heard of before. Remember, you can’t put an age on having fun! Check out the link below to get started with these helpful tools! http://www.stagemilk.com/acting-games/

Meet the Next Generation of Broadway Choreographers

BY SYLVIANE GOLD via www.dancemagazine.com DanceBreak came roaring back to life on Monday after seven years on hiatus, and six choreographers now have the opportunity to be the next Andy Blankenbuehler. Or Joshua Bergasse, Kelly Devine, Casey Nicholaw, Josh Prince or Josh Rhodes. These stellar Broadway choreographers all got their first big shows after Melinda Atwood’s musical-theater launching pad let them show the industry what they could do. Since 2002, DanceBreak has been a sort of “So You Think You Can Choreograph” for Broadway. Although not everyone goes straight there—Mandy Moore and Mia Michaels are alumni, too—the program is meant to funnel talented choreographers to the Broadway stage by providing a platform for their work. Prince, who introduced Atwood to the c...

Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive Auditions

Our Pre-Professional Summer Intensive program in Chicago is for advanced and early-career dancers, ages 18–24. Dancers attend daily technique classes, with additional opportunities to originate choreography, and study Pilates, yoga, improvisation, and partnering. Attendees learn repertory excerpts as well as complete works, culminating in a showing on the final day. Students will be placed by age and skill level through our national audition tour. AUDITION REGISTRATION Chicago Intensive Dates: July 9-August 3, 2018 Location: Hubbard Street Dance Center, located in Chicago’s West Loop. Schedule: Classes are held from 10am–6pm Monday through Friday. All students must attend all four weeks of the session. Tuition: $2,500 for all classes Optional Housing Fee: TBA Hubbard Street Dance Chicago i...

GroundWorks Dance Theatre Auditions

GroundWorks DanceTheater seeks male and female dancers versatile in ballet, contemporary and modern techniques for company positions. First round of auditions by electronic submission only. Please send dance reel and resume here. If you have questions, please email: info@groundworksdance.org Audition Dates for those INVITED: Candidates will be notified by email regarding an invitation to attend one of our in- person work sessions to be held in Cleveland, Ohio on: February 23, 2018 or March 30, 2018 Year round contract with benefits, beginning May 2018. For more information visit our website at www.groundworksdance.org Applicant must be a United States citizen or hold a valid Green Card.  About GroundWorks DanceTheater GroundWorks is an acclaimed contemporary company based in Cleveland, Ohi...

Dancers and the Impossible “Perfect”

BY: SILAS FARLEY via www.dancemagaine.com As dancers, we often talk about perfect feet, perfect turnout and the perfect execution of steps. We spend our days in diligent pursuit of the total mastery of our bodies. We seek to fully conquer space and time. We want our dance to be perfect, which is a powerful incarnation of our deeper human longing for personal perfection. But in dance, as in life itself, there is no perfection in the sense of a state of flawlessness at which we can arrive. Our humanity keeps us from that. However, there is always perfection in the sense of formation: the unending process of refinement. Incrementally progressing through sustained training and exploration is what gives the dance life its vitality. I believe that this process is for our good, because it provide...

Attention L.A. Dancers: Free Dancer Health Screenings This Weekend!

BY: MADELINE SCHROCK via www.dancemagazine.com For dancers in L.A, this Saturday, November 11, might as well be a holiday. The Dance Resource Center, a service organization for the region’s dance community, is hosting its third annual Day of Dancer Health. The best part? All events are free. Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap: Workshops on qigong, finding affordable health insurance, eating mindfully and navigating changes throughout your artistic life. Health screenings. Meet with medical specialists and physical therapists for the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health’s preventive physical health screening, measuring your aerobic capacity, height and weight, hip rotation and flexibility. You’ll receive a specialized assessment, along with referrals to profes...

Meet American Ballet Theatre’s Newest Soloist By SUSAN REITER

How Calvin Royal III came to be in Alexei Ratmansky’s new ballet   Ballet competitions may be scorned in some quarters for their tiresome, circuslike exhibitions of technical tricks. But behind the scenes, career-defining encounters often take place, as Calvin Royal III knows firsthand. For Royal — an elegant and refined dancer who recently became American Ballet Theatre’s newest soloist — participating in the Youth America Grand Prix helped launch him into the profession. Initially Royal, who attended a performing arts high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, wasn’t convinced ballet was for him. “I hadn’t taken any ballet before my freshman year, so I only started at 14,” he explains. “My first year, I went to my teachers wanting t...

Cirque du Soleil Casting – Open Dance Audition in Las Vegas

The Casting team will be hosting open dance auditions in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) on: November 10, 2017 for classical, contemporary and jazz; November 11, 2017 for hip-hop, popping, locking, breakdancing, waving, jookin’; November 12, 2017: call back. All candidates must arrive at 8:00 a.m. to register (candidates who arrive after 9 a.m. will not be admitted). Auditions will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. We recommend you bring your own drinks and snacks to the auditions. The auditions on November 10th and 11th will take place at: Millenium Dance Complex 6675 S Tenaya Way Las Vegas, Nevada, 89113, USA The location for callbacks will be shared with selected artists. Qualifications: Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the time of the auditions. Important information to atten...

Dance Auditions at Cirque du Soleil: Meet the Eye Behind the Table

 By Rick Tjia, Dance Talent Scout, Cirque du Soleil Casting  The dancers file into an audition room. They are given a number and asked to wait for registration to finish before the audition starts. At the end of the room, behind a table and a computer (and probably a number of mobile devices), there I sit, doing audio tests and updating the audition schedule as the room fills up with candidates. The dancers, more nervous than they need to be, see me, typing, perhaps teasing my colleagues, almost certainly with a coffee cup at my side. And all seems calm, as if I’ve been doing this for a very long time. Which I have. Little do the dancers know how many tens of thousands of dancers I have seen and auditioned to get to this moment in time, little do they know the complexities and the en...

The Top 10 BFA Dance Programs in the Country for 2017-18

BY ONSTAGEBLOG.COM The end of August is usually a time where college seems to be on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s incoming freshmen getting ready to move into their residence halls or high school seniors preparing their applications, college is a constant discussion. For theatre students, where you attend can certainly have an impact on your career with the type of training you receive. It’s also important to note that while each school listed here is excellent, a college degree doesn’t guarantee success nor is one required to become successful in this industry. Here at OnStage, we take months to research the best BFA programs to come up with our own lists. We base it off cost vs. scholarships, curriculum, performance opportunities, facilities, experience of faculty...

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