Agents' Secrets: 5 Talent Agents' Tips for Mastering Commercial Auditions
What are the best ways to prepare for an audition?
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"Research as much as you can about the project or choreographer. When a dancer is prepared, they tend to be more focused, more relaxed and really able to show themselves at their best. If the choreographer happens to be teaching at a local studio beforehand, get in that class!"
—Brandon Sierra, Clear Talent Group
What makes for good audition materials?
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"Make sure you understand what photos you need and in which format. Whoever is looking at the picture needs to clearly see your face, eyes and what you actually look like. A pet peeve of mine is too long of a resumé when you repeat the same artist over and over. Take the best of what you've done, and list the most current projects, rather than something you did eight years ago."
—Laney Filuk, Bloc Agency
Should a dancer develop a signature look or tailor it for each audition?
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"It all comes down to the confidence factor. You don't want to go in with things that might shake up your confidence, whether that's your hair, what you're wearing or your makeup. You want to stand out but not in a way that's awkward or obnoxious. If you're going to emulate a character or portray a look, make sure it's an extension of who you are—it should never feel like a costume. That's not authentic."
—JC Gutierrez, McDonald/Selznick Associates
How can you make yourself stand out at a large open call?
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"The people that can let that stress roll off and delve into the emotion of the choreography are the ones that bubble to the top. Remember that you're being watched immediately when you start learning the combination. I think choreographers are attracted to dancers who digest their style right away. That shows that you're detail-oriented and translates to a certain level of professionalism. And if they say, 'Does someone want to dance again?' Do it!"
—Terry Lindholm, Go 2 Talent Agency
How much do you consider a dancer's attitude?
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"A dancer's mind-set and the way they present themselves is profound. We're expecting you to be a tremendous dancer, so what other attributes can you bring to the table? If you want to be a collaborator and have longevity, that means being positive and supporting others in the industry."
—Shelli Margheritis, McDonald/Selznick Associates
Social media has made the dance world a lot smaller, giving users instant access to artists and companies around the world. For aspiring pros, platforms like Instagram can offer a tantalizing glimpse into the life of a working performer. But there's a fine line between taking advantage of what social media can offer and relying too heavily on it.
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
On August 19, 1929, shockwaves were felt throughout the dance world as news spread that impresario Sergei Diaghilev had died. The founder of the Ballets Russes rewrote the course of ballet history as the company toured Europe and the U.S., championing collaborations with modernist composers, artists and designers such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.