Friday Film Break: Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber in "Lost Horse"

What is it like to live in the world of dance power couple Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber? For this video, director/editor Adi Halfin handed the pair a camera to capture their relationship and life together both through documentary-style footage and improvised dance. The resulting footage is set to Asaf Avidan's "Lost Horse."

This film is one of several on the lineup for the Dance Camera West Drive-In: Best of the Festival on January 30 and 31 in Santa Monica, California.

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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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