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2019 SETC Application Open!

Dates and Deadlines: 2019 Spring Professional Auditions: Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2019  |  Knoxville, TN  |  70th Annual SETC Convention Applications Open: Oct. 15 2018 @ Noon ET Early-Bird Deadline: Dec. 14 2018 @ Noon ET Final Deadline: Jan. 15 2019 @ Noon ET To Participate: Actors, singers and dancers must register for the SETC Convention and apply and be approved for an audition spot. Download the correct guideline packet for you, and give us a call if you need any help: Non-Equity Actors/Singers Equity Actors/Singers Dancer-Only 2019 SETC Spring Professional Auditions 

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...

Save the Date! 2018/2019 Auditions & Conventions (UPDATED 9/20/18)

Mark your calendars! There are only a few months left of 2018, but there are plenty of auditions & conventions you can still attend. Don’t forget to save the date for the upcoming 2019 audition & convention season, with events happening all over the country for professionals in all disciplines of the entertainment industry! Stay up to date by bookmarking our Events Page. August 2018 August 26 -27th 2018 SETC Fall Professional Unified Auditions September 2018 September 1st UPTA Registration Opens September 4th URTA Application  Opens September 8th  UPTA Pre-Professional Audition Registration Opens September 13-16th EdTA National Conference September 14th SETC Pre-Screen Application Opens October 2018 October 15th MWTA Registration Opens October 16-18th 2018 Outdoor Theatre Con...

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...

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’...