Spectacular Dancing in "Peter Pan Live!"

The stakes were high for NBC's live broadcast of "Peter Pan Live!", which premiered last night. After "The Sound of Music Live!" got dismal reviews last year, many feared "Peter Pan Live!" would be of the same caliber. Leading-lady (boy) Allison Williams, aware of the skeptical attitude many viewers had toward the production, remained positive and warned that hate-watching would be nearly impossible for this fun-filled, nostalgic classic.


The production is over, the reviews are in, and general consensus is...there were a lot of parts deserving of praise, particularly the dancing. Admittedly, there were a few questionable spots (that "sleeping" maid in the closet?), but Williams' Pan had a lovely voice and exuberant energy, Christopher Walken brought an unusual but interesting spin on the classic villain Hook, and the Lost Boys (aka the entire cast of Newsies) totally stole the show in ensemble numbers like "I Won't Grow Up" and one of my favorites, "Wendy". You can watch clips of the show and behind-the-scenes footage at: nbc.com.



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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