Why Do Dance Videos Go Viral?

A video of two American priests battling it out on the dance floor—er, dinner table—went viral this week. The clip features the pair dancing at a dinner at North American College, a rectory not far from the Vatican. One priest does an upbeat tap dance, the other does an Irish jig. It's playful and unexpected, garnering over 750,000 views (and counting) on YouTube. 

Dance videos go viral all the time: a Norwegian military unit doing the Harlem Shake, Harvard Medical School students in a parody of "What Does The Fox Say", an elderly man throwing down his cane and dancing, a mother and son breaking into a fabulously choreographed dance mashup at his wedding... The list could go on and on and on. 

Often what these viral videos share is not stellar technique or dazzlingly impressive feats, but elements of surprise and relatability. These are normal, everyday people, trying their hand at dance. To me, this celebrates the joyful, uninhibiting, inclusive nature of dance, where there is a place for anyone; all are welcome. To dance, all you need is yourself, and these videos remind us of that. I'll never lose interest in watching Sofiane Sylve do picture perfect pirouettes, but I'll also always be up for a clip of an adorable small child and her father dancing to "Shake It Off"

Happy Friday, dancers everywhere!



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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