Livestream Alert: Take Yoga Along with Daniil Simkin

It's takes more than just a daily ballet barre to create this kind of strength and power:

American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin is known to be something of a nut when it comes to working out. He challenges his body in ways we've never even seen before.

But he also pushes his body through a tried-and-true dancer favorite: yoga. And he's invited Dance Magazine readers to take a private class along with him this Sunday at 2 pm EST.

The class, taught by former-dancer-turned-yoga-instructor Julie Granger, will stream live from Dance Magazine's Facebook page. Granger teaches a Vinyasa class, while incorporating elements of her ballet training, as well as Anusara, Hatha, Yin and restorative yoga. All you have to do is visit our page at 2 pm EST, and you can follow along in real time.

Get your own flow on, or just watch Simkin sweat through his sun salutations while you're lying on your couch in savasana.


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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