25 to Watch 2018: Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr

Taking cues from old-Hollywood legends like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, tap duo Kelsey McCowan and Caley Carr have become known for their smooth, effortless and highly stylized movement reminiscent of a bygone era. However, their work is anything but dated, thanks to crystal-clear sounds and incredibly intricate, rhythmic footwork. "We always think, Why try to do what everyone else is doing, when what we do makes us happy?" says McCowan.


That uniqueness has certainly paid off. The duo has contributed tap choreography for Derek Hough that has been featured on "Dancing with the Stars," "Good Morning America," The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and the Move Live tour with his sister, Julianne. They had their work performed on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and coached Bette Midler for her Tony Award–winning performance in Broadway's Hello, Dolly! revival. McCowan also recorded tap sounds for La La Land and was a contributing choreographer for Derek Hough's Emmy-nominated "DWTS" performance "Kairos." Hollywood, it seems, is their oyster.


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AMDA students learn how to present their best selves on camera. Photo by Trae Patton, Courtesy AMDA

AMDA's 4 Tips for Acing Your Next Audition

Ah, audition day. The flurry of new choreography, the long lines of dancers, the wait for callbacks. It's an environment dancers know well, but it can also come with great stress. Learning how to be best prepared for the big day is often the key to staying calm and performing to your fullest potential (and then some).

This concept is the throughline of the curriculum at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where dance students spend all four years honing their audition skills.

"You're always auditioning," says Santana Trujillo, AMDA's dance outreach manager and a graduate of its BFA program. On campus in Los Angeles and New York City, students have access to dozens of audition opportunities every semester.

For advice on how dancers can put their best foot forward at professional auditions, Dance Magazine recently spoke with Trujillo, as well as AMDA faculty members Michelle Elkin and Genevieve Carson. Catch the whole conversation below, and read on for highlights.

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