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Dance Auditions at Cirque du Soleil: Meet the Eye Behind the Table

 By Rick Tjia, Dance Talent Scout, Cirque du Soleil Casting  The dancers file into an audition room. They are given a number and asked to wait for registration to finish before the audition starts. At the end of the room, behind a table and a computer (and probably a number of mobile devices), there I sit, doing audio tests and updating the audition schedule as the room fills up with candidates. The dancers, more nervous than they need to be, see me, typing, perhaps teasing my colleagues, almost certainly with a coffee cup at my side. And all seems calm, as if I’ve been doing this for a very long time. Which I have. Little do the dancers know how many tens of thousands of dancers I have seen and auditioned to get to this moment in time, little do they know the complexities and the en...

NEW YORK CITY WINTER INTENSIVE

DECEMBER 28, 2017–JANUARY 5, 2018 THE AILEY STUDIOS Experience nine days of classes and collaborative learning with developing professionals, led by artists working in NYC. Expand your understanding of the world and experience how dance is an essential way of being in it. Think. Feel. Dance. Be moved. This year, the Winter Intensive will focus a critical lens on the productive tensions between two influential roots of modern dance: the African diaspora and Western European tradition. The work we will do together—dancing, discussing, and watching work—is structured to provide a fulfilling, challenging experience, regardless of your familiarity with the forms presented or identification with the traditions framing the intensive. “I am changed as a dancer. Not because I gained more flex...

Taavon Gamble : Choreographer

BREAK A LEG NETWORK proposed a question to a choreographer on the rise. Q: How do you prepare to choreograph a show and what can your dancers and actors do to prepare for a season? A: “The two key rules for my-self when going in to choreograph a show are always preparation and organization. I like to go in prepared with a full structure and strong foundation for myself to work off of. For me it all starts with what’s given to you: the script and the score. Through examining the script and score I can get a clear sense of the story, the style, the history of the show, and concept. As a choreographer, if I’m working on a show that’s been done before I’ll then also give a listen to the music. For me listening to the orchestrations fills me in on the style of music and ...

The Top 10 BFA Dance Programs in the Country for 2017-18

BY ONSTAGEBLOG.COM The end of August is usually a time where college seems to be on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s incoming freshmen getting ready to move into their residence halls or high school seniors preparing their applications, college is a constant discussion. For theatre students, where you attend can certainly have an impact on your career with the type of training you receive. It’s also important to note that while each school listed here is excellent, a college degree doesn’t guarantee success nor is one required to become successful in this industry. Here at OnStage, we take months to research the best BFA programs to come up with our own lists. We base it off cost vs. scholarships, curriculum, performance opportunities, facilities, experience of faculty...

Dissonance Dance Theatre 2017-2018 Season Auditions

  “One of the 11 small-but-mighty dance companies outside of LA and NYC” – Dance Spirit Magazine For invitation to private audition, please send headshot, bodyshot, resume and video reel to: Shawn Short, Director sshort@ddtdc.com. Dissonance Dance Theatre accepts video auditions. For finalization of position, dancers will be ask to attend a private audition class with other candidates on July 8th, 2017  and an in-person interview. We are looking for emerging dance artists, who are hungry, open, and talented. Is that you? Then we want you. Register: In-Person    Fee: $20  Dates: July 8th Registration/Warm-Up 2:30pm-3:30pm Audition 3:30pm-5:00pm Company dancers receive performance stipends and pointe shoe allotments. Apprenticeship are non-paid positions. Dissonance Dance Theatre ...

Read More Pascal Rioult debuts a new work set to the music he loved as a teen   For much of his choreographic career, Pascal Rioult gravitated toward major classical works: Mozart, Ravel, Bach, Stravinsky, even celebrated scores other choreographers had used. He welcomed the challenge of translating such iconic music into movement. But recently, he’s been drawn to a radically different genre: the progressive rock he danced to in clubs as a French teenager, long before he considered pursuing the art form professionally .

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‘Stout’ Attitude Leads to Success

“Creativity is just connecting things.”-­‐Steve Jobs If that is true, then Becky Elizabeth Stout is a good example of what Mr. Jobs was talking about. Ms. Stout represents a new type of young performer; one possessing a wide range of expertise, education, personal experience and optimistic attitude. She connects all of her winning traits together into a fine-­‐tuned 21st century artist, anchoring it with her dancing skills, but threading it with extra attention to singing and acting. “If I take one dance class, I will take two acting or singing classes,” says Stout, who possesses 20+years of dance training and works hard to compliment her dancing with training in singing and acting. In a world of information and accessibility, where young talent can be consumed by what they think the profe...

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