Master Class with Sarah Van Patten

Dancers in the Bay Area—want to take class from principal dancer Sarah Van Patten in San Francisco Ballet's studios? Clear your Sunday schedule! SFB is holding a master class on Sunday, November 23 at 10 am. The first in a series of themed classes (all taught by company dancers, ballet masters and teachers), The Art of Mime and Acting in Story Ballets will give students ages 15-25 an opportunity to learn sequences from SFB's own Nutcracker from Van Patten and ballet master and assistant to the artistic director Ricardo Bustamante. Other class themes will center around auditions, contemporary ballet and pas de deux technique. Each class is $50, and space is limited to 40 participants. Observer tickets are also available for $20. For more information, check out http://school.sfballet.org/masterclassseries.

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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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