Dance

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...

Registration NOW OPEN – 2018 SETC Fall Professional Unified Auditions

2018 SETC FALL PROFESSIONAL UNIFIED AUDITIONS IMPORTANT DATES Audition Dates: Aug. 26 & 27, 2018 Venue: Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, Uptown Charlotte, NC Online Registration Opens: June 1, 2018 Online Registration Deadlines: Early-Bird ($35): Noon ET on July 2, 2018 Final ($45): Noon ET on Aug. 15, 2018 Refund Deadline:  Noon ET on Aug. 3, 2018 Professional Actors, Singers and Dancers – Check Your Eligibility To participate in SETC’s Fall Professional Unified Auditions, actors must meet the following qualifications: Professional Qualifications Application Guidelines Application NOW OPEN. To audition, you must apply and be approved for an audition slot. Download the correct application guidelines for you, and give us a call if you need any help: Actor/Singer Guidelines Dancer-Only Gu...

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 ...

2018 Tony Award Nominations

via www.playbill.com The 2018 Tony Awards Nominations were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and Frozen (earning three nods). Also earning 11 nominations were the Broadway revivals of Angels in America (becoming the most-nominated play in Broadway Tony history) and Carousel, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady trailing closely behind with ten. Five nominated performers represented the two leading shows: Mean Girls’ Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Grey Henson, and SpongeBob SquarePants’ Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareill...

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...