Dance

From Professional Dancer to Professor of Dance

via www.dancemagazine.com In the final years of her decade-long career with the Lewitzky Dance Company, University of Arizona Associate Professor Amy Ernst began to develop an interest in dance injury prevention. She remembers feeling an urge to widen her understanding of dance and the body. Soon after retirement from the Company, she was hired by the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, California as a physical therapy assistant, where she worked for the next three and a half years. This work eventually led her to pursue an M.F.A. in dance at the University of Washington-Seattle. She remembers growing into the role of a professor during her time pursuing her degree. That incubation phase was critical. Ernst joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1995, and now as direct...

College Scholarship Programs & Fairs for Dancers

BY MADELINE SCHROCK via www.dancemagazine.com Dancing in college is undoubtedly expensive, but these two events allow you to audition for scholarships from multiple programs at once. Dancewave’s Dancing Through College & Beyond Photo by Linneah Anders, Courtesy Dancewave This fair’s College Scholarship auditions give high school seniors exposure to college reps from across the country. In 2017, 65 percent of the participants were offered merit scholarships totaling $3.4 million. This year’s expanded audition offerings, held at Hunter College in New York City, will accommodate up to 150 dancers. Participating schools include heavy hitters like Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New York University, The Juilliard School, University of Southern California and many more. Oct...

When rips, tears and falls kill a dancer’s career (or don’t)

BY SARAH L. KAUFMAN via www.washingtonpost.com Lauren Post, a corps de ballet member of American Ballet Theatre, caught her foot in the hem of her costume one night and tripped. Just like that, in the middle of a ballet, in front of thousands of spectators at the Metropolitan Opera House, Post found herself in a dancer’s lowest circle of hell. She’d torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee. Another dancer had to drag her offstage. Fast-forward a couple of years, and Post is sitting in a movie theater, watching the Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Red Sparrow.” She was there mainly to see her best friend, ABT principal Isabella Boylston, who is Lawrence’s dance double in the movie. Lawrence starts out a Bolshoi ballerina and ends up a Russian spy/sex worker — all because of a grisly injur...

The Secret to Productive Alone Time in the Studio

BY ALICE BLUMENFELD  via www.dancemagazine.com Whether you’re a dancer, a choreographer, or both, having time alone in the studio allows artists to grow in ways that class or rehearsal simply doesn’t. Yet without other people around to tell you what to do or keep you accountable, it’s easy to get stuck staring at yourself in the mirror, wondering where to begin. Here’s how to make the most of your studio time and avoid staring aimlessly back at your reflection: 1. Set specific goals Why are you in the studio? To work on a particular aspect of your technique? To set new choreography? To work on steps you recently learned? Make sure you know why you’re there, otherwise self-motivating can be nearly impossible. 2. Take time to warm up Especially if you’ve p...

Is your body language holding back your career?

BY SARAH WROTH via www.dancemagazine.com Dancers are physical communicators. It is both our profession and our passion. But what happens when the music stops and there is a break in rehearsals? Our communication doesn’t end when the choreography is completed. The truth is, the way you act at rest can make or break your career. Ballet masters, choreographers and artistic directors see meaning in all forms of body language, not just those that happen while the music is playing. Maintain Eye Contact Dancers need to demonstrate active listening skills. Even when you’re not dancing, choreographers take note of who’s watching what is being demonstrated. If your back is turned, there is an assumption that your ears are not open. Julie Kent, artistic director of The Washington Ba...

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...

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