Ballet 422

Watching the new season of "city.ballet." is like getting a backstage pass inside NYCB. We get to see Chase Finlay make dinner for Lauren Lovette at his apartment, Ratmansky rehearse his latest work for the company, Silas Farley in his bible study group. But one thing missing is any Justin Peck footage. Luckily, Ballet 422, the documentary by director Jody Lee Lipes, just released its official trailerThe film premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, earning high praise from critics and audiences. Following Peck as he creates Paz de la Jolla, NYCB's 422nd new work, it examines the choreographic process from start to finish, giving viewers an intimate, thorough look at one of ballet's most exciting dance makers in his element. Look for it in theaters on February 5, 2015!




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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