Larry Keigwin Made Us A Playlist & His Musical Taste Is Just As Fun As His Choreography

If you've ever seen Larry Keigwin's work, you probably guessed that he's a fun guy. His choreography is cheeky and humorous; unexpected and electrifying. And though his aesthetic is decidedly contemporary, there's a touch of that classic modern dance style that makes his partnerships with troupes like Paul Taylor Dance Company and Martha Graham Dance Company so fitting.

His musical taste is pretty similar: eclectic feel-good bops from the contemporary (Justin Bieber) to the classic (Dionne Warwick.) He made us a playlist of the songs that make him move, whether in the studio or in his bedroom:


What He's Doing When He's Listening to These Songs:

"I am most likely dancing 'like nobody is watching' in my bedroom. I listen to this playlist to let go, to warm up, as a motor to generate new moves or to shake up a creative block."

Why He's Always Loved Sheila E's "The Glamorous Life"

"I remember jamming to this song as a teenager. Imagine a 12-year-old boy lip-syncing into a hairbrush....that was me."

Why His Playlists Are So Eclectic

"Variety is the spice of life. I enjoy mixing genres and decades. I like to keep my playlists full of surprises."

On His "Knock On Wood" Nightclub Act

"I actually choreographed to this song and cast one dancer as lightning and another as thunder, both completely covered in body paint."

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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.

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