New Year, New (Dance) Inspiration

For many of us, dance is a source of inspiration—physical, mental, emotional, expressive or otherwise. As seen in this heartwarming video, dance is a life-changing source of inspiration for Philip Martin-Nelson. As a boy, he was diagnosed with the most severe form of autism (and told he'd never be self-sufficient). But now, he's a principal dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Martin-Nelson credits ballet class with freeing him and enabling him to live a life of his own. See Martin-Nelson and the rest of the Trocks at the Joyce Theater, now through Sunday, January 4th

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AMDA students learn how to present their best selves on camera. Photo by Trae Patton, Courtesy AMDA

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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July 2021