Dance

Your Audition Prep Should Be Rooted in Self-Respect

BY CONNIE DE VEER via www.backstage.com It’s understandable that actors sometimes feel as though they get to practice their craft at the discretion of others, and that agents, directors, and casting directors are the sole gatekeepers of their opportunities to be seen, let alone to succeed. Sadly, this belief plagues too many actors’ minds. But there is another way. If you think that powers outside of yourself determine the course of your life and career, think again. The mindset you bring to the audition process forms the bedrock of your success. That’s pretty powerful. Let’s explore the core beliefs that ultimately drive the choices you make, and how you feel in the process. Change your thought, change your state. We’ve all heard the belief that perception determines reality. It’s true. N...

6 Rules for Following Up After an Audition

BY KRISTYN BRADY via www.dancemagazine.com If you made it through several cuts but didn’t land a contract, you’re probably wondering what went wrong. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for feedback—if you go about it the right way. Here’s how company and casting directors want to hear from you so you’ll be remembered for your dancing (not for nagging). DON’T Follow Up Prematurely If you get cut in the first round, it’s not necessary to follow up. Photo by Jim Lafferty for Pointe. If you didn’t make the first cut, don’t follow up. Andrea Zee, a casting director for Broadway musicals and tours, says she can’t be helpful unless you’ve made it through several cuts. “It’s just too hard with the number of people we’...

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...

Props from Hamilton & More Featured Up Close in New Exhibit

BY RUTHIE FIERBERG via www.playbill.com Pieces by the Public Theater’s Jay Duckworth and other prop masters will be on display in the new exhibit Props and Fine Art From Movies, Television & Theatre at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, opening in March. A hero prop is any item meant to be used by a show’s leading actor. That could be a letter, like the one Phillipa Soo burned in Hamilton, or Shylock’s money box, like the one Al Pacino held in The Merchant of Venice (both featured in the exhibit). Props are the object you don’t think about—and aren’t supposed to. “I’m sure you have seen my team’s work before, but I hope that you have never noticed it,” says Duckworth. “Unfortunately, that is the goal for a props master is to be so seamless our work only catches the eye whe...

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...

Mandy Moore On How She Juggles Being One of the Busiest Choreographers in Hollywood

BY RACHEL ZAR via www.dancemagazine.com In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. You’ve come a long way on “So You Think You Can Dance”—from assistant to the choreographer (Season 1) to creative producer (Season 14). What keeps you returning to the show? “So You Think You Can Dance” was one of my first jobs, so it feels like home. I love the chaos of live television; as soon as one show is over you’re on to the n...

Steven Spielberg’s New WEST SIDE STORY Film Announces Open Casting Call

Here’s your chance to star in the highly anticipated new West Side Story film remake. Cindy Tolan Casting has put out an open call for the roles of Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernardo in the new take on the iconic movie musical. The previously announced project will feature a new adaptation by Angels in America Tony and Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner and direction by Oscar-winning film icon Steven Spielberg. Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York’s Upper West Side. The situation gets complicated when one gang member falls for a rival’s sister. West Side Story first opened on Broadway in 1957, going on to play 732 performances. Co-created by Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and S...

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...

2018 Pittsburgh CLO Auditions

What:  Auditions for Pittsburgh CLO’s 2018 Summer Season – TITANIC, THE FULL MONTY, BRIGADOON, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. We will not be casting ON YOUR FEET! Who: Trained Singers, Dancers and Character Actors. Please note that Chorus Members must be able to sing and dance. Most age-appropriate roles are cast from the chorus. We recommend those under the age of 30 should audition for the chorus. Children’s roles will be cast from students of the Pittsburgh CLO Academy. For information regarding enrollment, contact 412-281-2234.  Audition dates for children are TBD. Please do not submit this application for anyone under the age of 18. When: By appointment only. Thursday, February 22 Friday, February 23        Saturday, February 24 Cal...

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...

MWTA Registration Opens November 1st

The 2018 MidWest Theatre Auditions (MWTA) Registration opens TOMORROW, November 1st! The registration link will open at 10:00 am CENTRAL TIME. Please note that registration fills up quickly, so have all your information and payment ready before you begin the application. There is an application fee of $50 for Actors and $45 for DTSM due with submission of application, payable online by Visa or MasterCard. MWTA does  NOT accept any other forms of payment. Checks and cash are NOT accepted. Acting Auditions All applicants should bring copies of their résumés and headshots to the auditions for callbacks. After you send in your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation by January 1st which will guide you through the process of sending in a small headshot that will be given to the the...

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