Five Non-Nutcracker Holiday Performances

Burned out from the Nutcracker but still in the holiday spirit? Christmas may be over, but the abundance of holiday programs is not! Check out these five non-Nutcracker shows and performances to carry you into the New Year with holiday cheer.

1) Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A high-energy, festive, joyful and truly spectacular performance, starring none other than the amazing Radio City Rockettes.

2) Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical: A beloved childhood story of a grinch whose heart was two sizes too small, brought to life (with song and dance!).

3) Hansel and Gretel:The Met Opera brings audience members to a different land of sweets in this operatic rendition of the Brothers Grimm classic story.

4) The Little Match Girl: If you're lucky enough to be in London, this is a must: a ballet version of Hans Christian Andersen's touching tale by choreographer Arthur Pita.

5) Annie: A modern day rendition of a fan-favorite musical, hitting the silver screen this holiday season!

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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