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The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Glorya Kaufman

Q: Why donate millions to The Juilliard School and Ailey, plus an undisclosed sum to launch University of Southern California's new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance?

"I wish everyone would turn on the music and dance. It helps in so many ways to make life happier and more interesting."

Q: Do you feel the role of the philanthropist has changed in today's political climate?

"I believe that giving to humanity in any way that is beneficial is what the world needs now."

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