Why Do You Dance?

With the end of the year comes celebration and reflection. It's a time to give thanks for the good in your life, a time to rethink the not-so-good and a time to reaffirm why you do what you do. The Huffington Post gave 39 dancers from companies and schools around the country a simple task that echoes this spirit of the holidays: To complete the sentence "I dance because...". The result of its #whyidance campaign is a visual celebration of portraits of dancers holding signs with their own handwritten answers. Some are sweet, some are emotional, some are sillybut all affirm that dance falls into "the good" category of each person's life.

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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