Dance

More Than Merde: 7 Pros Share Their Quirky Pre-Performance Rituals

BY LAUREN PHOENIX KAY via www.dancemagazine.com Aside from a solid warm-up, most dancers have something else they just have to do before performing. Whether it’s putting on the right eyelashes before the left or giving a certain handshake before a second-act entrance, our backstage habits give us the comfort of familiar, consistent choices in an art form with so many variables. Some call them superstitions, others call them rituals. Either way, these tiny moments become part of our work—and sometimes even end up being the most treasured part of performing. James Whiteside, American Ballet Theatre principal Whiteside in Don Quixote. Photo by Marty Sohl, Courtesy ABT Before stepping onstage at the Metropolitan Opera House, James Whiteside needs one thing first: a huge chocolate chip co...

There’s a New Pointe Shoe Designed Specifically for Men

BY JENNIFER STAHL via www.dancemagazine.com As ballet’s gender roles grow increasingly blurred, more men than ever are reaching new heights: the tips of their toes. It’s no longer just Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the few pointe-clad male character parts, like in Cinderella or Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream. Some male dancers are starting to experiment with pointe shoes to strengthen their feet or expand their artistic possibilities. Michelle Dorrance even challenged the men in her cast at American Ballet Theatre to perform on pointe last season (although only Tyler Maloney ended up actually doing it onstage). The one problem? Pointe shoes have traditionally only been designed for women. Until now. A Russian company called Siberian Swan has just announc...

The Relationship Between Ballet and Physics

BY HANNAH FOSTER via www.pointemagazine.com For Better Jumps and Higher Legs, Turn to Newton’s Third Law: Merritt Moore and Claudia Schreier Explain The Relationship Between Ballet and Physics Last Saturday night, I had a balletic epiphany. I wasn’t in a mirrored studio taking class or even in a theater watching a performance. This luminous ray of understanding beamed into—wait for it—the basement of a math museum. The National Museum of Mathematics (yes, that exists) hosted its fourth Quadrivium, a salon focusing on the intersections of music and math last Saturday in New York City. The evening’s special guests were none other than ballerina Merritt Moore and choreographer Claudia Schreier. After Schreier and Moore took their seats next to the event’s host, saxophonist M...

Can’t Pick Up Choreography Quickly? This Might Be Why

BY  HELENE SCHWARTZ via www.dancemagazine.com Lately I’ve been having recurring dreams: I’m in an audition and I can’t remember the combination. Or, I’m rehearsing for an upcoming show, onstage, and I don’t know what comes next. Each time I wake up relieved that it was only a dream. However, this is the reality of how I often felt throughout my dance career. Once I knew the steps, there was no undoing it. It was the process of getting there that haunts me to this day. Even as a young dancer I had trouble. At 9 or 10 years old, I couldn’t wait to make it into my dance studio’s junior company, and I prepared by watching VHS tapes of recitals from previous years on repeat. But I could never prepare enough to predict what would be shown in the audition...

Audition for Colorado Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive & Pre-Professional Division

Are you looking for inspiration to develop and grow as an artist, preparing you for a career as a dancer? The Raydean Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy’s (CBA) Summer Intensive and Pre-Professional Division receive rave reviews from students, teachers and directors. These programs offer aspiring dancers instruction and career guidance from internationally renowned master teachers and CBA’s accomplished faculty. Training takes place in Colorado Ballet’s eight state-of-the-art studios at The Armstrong Center for Dance. Under the leadership of Director Erica Fischbach and SI Directors Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, students receive professional training in an environment that fosters growth, wellness and excellence in all aspects of dance—from classical ballet to the divers...

Pittsburgh CLO 2019 Summer Season Auditions

What:  Auditions for Pittsburgh CLO’s 2019 Summer Season – GREASE, OKLAHOMA!, PETER PAN, ROCK OF AGES and ONCE. Who: Trained Singers, Dancers, Character Actors, and Actor/Musicians. Please note that Chorus Members must be able to sing and dance. Most age-appropriate roles are cast from the chorus auditions. We recommend those under the age of 30 should attend singer and dancer auditions. Children’s roles under the age of 18 will be cast from students of the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater. For information regarding the Academy please call 412-281-2234. The audition date for children is February 10, 2019 GREASE, OKLAHOMA!, PETER PAN and ROCK OF AGES When:    Thursday, February 14th Friday, February 15th Saturday, February 16th Where: Benedum Center 719 Liberty Av...

MTWichita 2019 Audition Information

2019 Audition Information For the 2019 season, due to the specific requirements of An American in Paris, male and female dancers with extensive ballet training, including women who can dance en pointe, will be particularly welcome. As always, we are committed to casting performers of all ethnic backgrounds for our resident company, as well as for leading and featured roles throughout our summer season. In the Heights specifically calls for artists of color, most especially Latino/Latina/Latinx performers for both ensemble and principal roles. Audition Dates and Times Auditions for the 2019 season will be held in February and March. Times listed below are for dance calls. All auditionees must attend one dance call of their choice AND schedule a singing audition. Singing auditions are schedu...

Fixing These 5 Bad Habits Can Take Your Dancing to the Next Level

BY GAVIN LARSEN via www.pointemagazine.com Striving for higher extensions, more turnout and bigger jumps may be at the top of your agenda in daily class. But what about those finer points of your technique, the subtleties that make a dancer really shine? They need just as much of your attention, and letting seemingly innocuous bad habits linger will impact your overall dancing. “There are no shortcuts in ballet,” says Cynthia Harvey, artistic director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. “You can’t expect good results by ignoring details that are the building blocks of technique.” We break down five bad habits that are easy to overlook—but have a major impact. Knuckling Peff Modelski, a faculty member at Visceral Dance Chicago w...

Your Essential Guide to Dancers’ Back Injuries

BY ABIGAIL RAMINSKY via www.dancemagazine.com Why do back injuries seem to be so common these days among dancers? “It used to be that if you were in a company, you did all the work of that choreographer,” says Rocky Bornstein, a New York City–based physical therapist who specializes in professional dancers. “Now companies feel like they have to bring in choreographers to work with the company, so the work is much more eclectic.” More and more dancers are also building freelance careers, which forces them to hop between various styles. This is an unprecedented challenge for the body. Dr. William Hamilton, who was an orthopedic consultant for New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre for four decades, adds that even big companies are getting smaller, which puts...

Audition Announcement: Wagon Wheel Theatre 2019 Season

The Wagon Wheel Theatre, a professional non-union theatre in Warsaw, Indiana is pleased to announce auditions for its 64th summer season: Matilda, Singin’ in the Rain, Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, Peter and the Starcatcher, Hands on a Hard Body, and The Rocky Horror Show. Pay is $325 a week, housing not included. All roles are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to attend. AUDITION LOCATIONS: NEW YORK JANUARY 18, 19, and 20TH as part of the A1 AUDITIONS The All-in-One Auditions (A1 Auditions) are an opportunity for actors to be seen by the Artistic Directors and Casting Directors of the country’s leading regional theatres all in one weekend. All Actors must apply for a time slot through A1. Go to their website for information on how to attend this audition: www.a1auditions.com CHICAGO,...

Meet The Movement Coach Who Helped Rami Malek Transform Into Freddie Mercury

BY JENNIFER STAHL via www.dancemagazine.com Watching Bohemian Rhapsody through the eyes of dancer, there’s a certain element of the movie that’s impossible to ignore: Rami Malek’s physical performance of Freddie Mercury. The way he so completely embodies the nuances of the rock star is simply mind-blowing. We had to learn how he did it, so we called up Polly Bennett, the movement director who coached him through the entire process. In a bit of serendipitous timing, while we were on the phone, she got a text from Malek that he had just been nominated for a Golden Globe. And during our chat, it became quite clear that she had obviously been a major part of that—more than we could have ever imagined. What Exactly Is a Movement Director? Although the profession seems to be mo...

2019 StrawHats Registration – NOW OPEN!

How it Works for the Performer One Audition, multiple job opportunities – All in one day. StrawHat Auditions are open to non-Equity performers age 18 and older: singers, dancers, and actors. Opportunities are available in summer theatres, production and entertainment companies, cruise ships, theme parks, and special events. Fees: Registration/annual subscription: $47 (non-refundable)        Audition: $63 (upon email notification of selection) Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply for a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings audition (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline...

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