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The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Christy Bolingbroke

It isn't every day—or year, or even decade—that a dedicated choreography incubator opens its doors. As founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, Christy Bolingbroke says, "I have an opportunity to locate dance in a research and development environment, and reinforce the fact that what a choreographer does is not all that different from a scientist in a laboratory."


Among the artists breaking in the center's boards are pilot residents Camille A. Brown, Carrie Hanson and John Jasperse; Netta Yerushalmy, collaborating with philosopher David Kishik; Guggenheim Fellow and Ohio native Dianne McIntyre; Stephen Petronio Company alumnus Gerald Casel; and Tere O'Connor, NCCAkron's inaugural artist in residence.

Bolingbroke's startup provides a peer, at long last, to Florida State University's Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), directed by Carla Peterson. "Carla and I try to stay in close touch," says Bolingbroke, "and I think between the two of us, we can fill in some blanks, in terms of what dance artists need, in order to strengthen the field nationally. I don't take that responsibility lightly.Read the rest of Dance Magazine's list of the most influential people in dance today.

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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