A.C.E. Awards This Weekend


Tomorrow night, 15 up-and-coming choreographers will compete for a chance to win a fully-produced show of their work in New York City. As a part of the 2014 Dance Teacher Summit (a collaboration with DanceMedia and Break the Floor Productions), the Capezio A.C.E. Awards competition attracts some of the best and brightest choreographic talent. A panel of all-star judges, including Andy Blankenbuehler, Mia Michaels, Benoit Swan Pouffer and Mandy Moore—as well as Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Jennifer Stahl!—will review the top 15 submissions, choosing 3 choreographers to receive funds that go toward producing a show.

Want to see what last year's runners up have been up to? Andre Kasten, Jacob Jonas and Lindsay Nelko each take the Ailey Citigroup Theater stage next week to show us their work as part of the Winners Festival.

Merde to this weekend's participants and everyone dancing in the Winners Festival—we can't wait to see some great dancing!


Erica Sobol's winning piece from the 2013 A.C.E Awards. Photo by Kyle Froman.

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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.

July 2021