Recently we announced a totally revamped Answers4dancers was in the works. We're making great progress in reaching our goal. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking to move over our comprehensive content along with our library of videos and dancer profiles... not to mention all of iDance2!
What can you expect? A new look and a more robust site that will work across all platforms. We're also making some updates with an added focus geared toward every stage of a dancer's life - from the dreaming phase for the student dancer to transitioning to an entry level pro, right up to support for our established working pros. Plus audition listings are getting a new look with improved functionality.
We can't wait for you to see what we've been up to. Watch future issues of the DanceBlast for updates!
55 NEW AUDITIONS ADDED TO ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM! This week we've added 55 new audition opportunities for dancers. NYC leads the way with 28, States have 18, Internationals and LA each have 3. Plus there's 1 Agency audition. There are also 3 Teaching and 2 Dance Company opportunities. Members have access to all these auditions, while non-members have 2 new postings available to view on A4D's free Homepage at www.answers4dancers.com.
PREMIUM OPPORTUNITIES In the East, The King and I seeking m/f Equity ensemble dancers who sing well, characters are Siamese, Burmese, men sneakers or jazz shoes, women flats, Contract: Production (League); $1861/wk min. Finding Neverland seeking m/f ensemble dancers who sing well, highly athletic, physically strong technical dancers with ballet and contemporary training, men must do lifts, men flat dance shoes, ladies heels and flats, Contract: Production (League); $1861/wk min. A Christmas Story, seeking strong m/f dancers who sing for ensemble, dancers wear appropriate shoes/heels, all prepare 16 to 32 bars of contemporary musical theatre, Contract: LORT Non-Rep LORT A; $964/wk min.
In the West, RWS & Associates casting for corporate industrials throughout 2015-16, seeking m/f specialty performers, all ethnicities, magicians, contortionists, comedians, jugglers, etc., by appointment only, professional pay. Tokyo Disneyland seeking m/f ballet, jazz and tap dancers to portray various roles, wear proper dance shoes, no bare feet; no street shoes, $800 USD per week, per diem, round trip travel, private apartments. For complete details on all these auditions and access to plenty more opportunities, please visit the Member Audition Pages at www.answers4dancers.com.
Looking for nearby audition opportunities? Our list for next week offers 14 different locations:
In addition to New York City and Los Angeles, our best options for you are located in Arlington Heights, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Addison, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Irvine, CA; La Mirada, CA; Sewell, NJ; Waterbury, CT; Phoenix, AZ; Toronto, ON; and Westchester, IL. Be sure to check the auditions postings often. New opportunities are added all week long!
CARNIVAL ENTERTAINMENT - WEST COAST AUDITIONS OPEN CALLS SEATTLE • SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 The Studios, Times Square Building 1801 5th Avenue Seattle, WA SINGERS WHO DANCE, Sign in 8:30am, 9:00am-1:00pm DANCERS WHO SING, Sign in 12:30pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm
We are looking for high-quality triple-threat performers with contemporary vocal and dance experience. We offer competitive rates, preferred living accommodations, and other benefits.
SINGERS WHO DANCE & DANCERS WHO SING - Requirements: Please bring a current head shot and resume. For requirements on what to prepare for auditions, Click here for details.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SAN FRANCISCO on Sept 16 & LOS ANGELES on Sept 18.
NORWEGIAN CREATIVE STUDIOS OPEN CALL AUDITIONS In Motion Performing Arts Center 4700 Biscayne Blvd. 2nd floor, Miami, FL 33137
DANCERS 10am Sign In | 10:30am OPEN CALL Seeking strong dancers with experience in multiple dance styles. You'll learn a variety of combinations. May be asked to tap. Must have an athletic/toned body. Males should have a strong physique and be able to perform shirtless when required. Females should have lean silhouettes. Gymnastics, aerial training, tumbling, partnering a plus! Singer/Dancers will sing at singer call.
SINGERS 12:30pm Sign In, 1:00pm OPEN CALL Seeking diverse performers with strong vocal abilities and dynamic personalities for R&B, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Musical Theatre. Prepare 16-32 bars of your BEST ballad and up-tempo vocals. Must bring sheet music in proper key for the accompanist. Males should have a strong physique and be able to perform onstage shirtless when required. Females should have lean silhouettes. For movement callback wear form fitting dance attire that shows silhouette. Click here for full audition details.
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What are choreographers looking for? It's one of the top questions any dancer asks when entering the audition room. For exclusive insights from top choreos in the biz, visit our "See What Choreos Want" section. Rob Marshall, Wade Robson, and Liz Imperio start off this series. To view these pages, simply use the images below.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RECAP -TOP 10 PERFORM & 2 MORE DANCERS GO HOME It’s a whole new ballgame on SYTYCD now that the top 10 dancers have been revealed. The choreography was stepped up this week and so was the judges’ feedback. On this episode, we really got a chance to take a closer look at each dancer and see who makes the best case to be named 'America’s Favorite Dancer'. Team Street's JJ was injured and could not perform. This week ushered in the return of the All-Stars! (finally). Throughout the show, the bottom 4 dancers were revealed. There were no debates and no twitter save; whoever was in the bottom would be sent home. All of the solo performances were based on the music of Fox’s new mega-hit Empire. The absolute standout performance of the night went to Gaby and All-Star Joshua (to a Pharcyde and Phoenix hip-hop routine) with a Geisha-vs-Ninja inspired dance. The staging to the costuming to the makeup were all spot-on in a memorable dance that sent Gaby ahead of many of the other contestants. The bottom four dancers were Megz, Edson, JJ and Derek. Who went home? Edson Juarez from Team Stage and the already injured Jessica ‘JJ’ Rabone from Team Street. See you next week!
GOOD MORNING AMERICA REVEALS RETURNING PROS FOR SEASON 21 OF DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 21 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars will see the return of many popular pro dancers, including past mirror ball champions Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff. The upcoming season’s roster of pro dancers was revealed on August 19 on Good Morning America. Smirnoff had been absent from the prior season’s show, which was won by Val Chmerkovskiy and celebrity partner Rumer Willis. In addition to Hough, Ballas, Smirnoff, and Chmerkovskiy – the defending champion, returning pros include Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd and Witney Carson for a total of nine pros. Long-time DWTS pro Tony Dovolani was M.I.A., as was Aussie sweetheart Kym Johnson. Perhaps additional pros will be added in the days leading up to the celebrity cast announcement on September 2 on GMA. The new season will premiere at 8pm ET on Monday, September 14, on ABC.
SARA BAREILLES WILL SERVE UP WAITRESS ON BROADWAY After its current run at the American Repertory Theater, Waitress is heading to Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre this season. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, the show features a score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. Broadway previews will begin in March 2016, with opening night set for April. Exact dates will be announced later. The ART production stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller, along with Keala Settle, Jeanna de Waal, Eric Anderson, Joe Tippett and Drew Gehling. The production will close at the Cambridge venue on September 27. Waitress is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly.
RACHEL TUCKER AND JONAH PLATT SET TO STAR IN WICKED ON BROADWAY Rachel Tucker, the U.K. Wicked favorite, who made her Broadway debut last season in The Last Ship, joins the Broadway cast of Wicked in the role of Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre on September 15, taking over for Caroline Bowman. Also joining that day is Jonah Platt, who steps in for Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero. Tucker first hit the scene as a semi-finalist in the reality competition I’d Do Anything, a BBC series searching for a Nancy in the West End’s Oliver!. Platt has appeared on the Los Angeles stage in Scream: The Unauthorized Musical Parody, American Idiot, Hair, Floyd Collins and Bare.
ALLISON CASE, AMY SPANGER, RICK HOLMES & NATALIE VENETIA BELCON SET FOR MATILDA ON BROADWAY Allison Case will take over as Miss Honey, with Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood, Rick Holmes as Mr. Wormwood and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps in the Broadway production of Matilda beginning September 9. They are set to replace Alison Luff, Lesli Margherita, Matt Harrington and Karen Aldridge, respectively. Case originated the role of Crissy in the Tony-winning revival of Hair. Spanger’s Broadway credits include the original casts of Elf, Rock of Ages, Wedding Singer and Kiss Me Kate. Holmes recently appeared on Broadway in The Visit. Belcon’s Broadway credits include the original cast of Avenue Q and Rent.
Dancing With The Stars judge, Julianne Hough is engaged to ice hockey player Brooks Laich… Broadway Balances America, returns on August 25 as part of the six-part series, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television with an exclusive look at the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella…
HAMILTON'S LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA & FROZEN'S ROBERT LOPEZ & ANDERSON-LOPEZ TO MAKE DISNEY MAGIC Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez (Frozen) will compose music for two new Disney animated films, Moana and Gigantic. Miranda and Mark Mancina, who provided arrangements for The Lion King on stage and screen, will collaborate. Moana is set to premiere next year and features the voices of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Broadway alum Alan Tudyk. It's the story of a princess who sets out on a daring mission. Gigantic, set for release in 2018, is based on Jack and the Beanstalk. Miranda joins a long line of stage composers and lyricists who have written for Disney films, including the Lopezes, Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
NE-YO, ELIJAH KELLEY & COMMON JOIN NBC'S THE WIZ LIVE! Recording artist Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley (Hairspray) and Common (Glory) are joining The Wiz Live! The new cast members join a trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion (Grier appeared in the 2006 La Jolla production as the Wiz), Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley will play good witches Glinda and Addaperle and newcomer Shanice Williams takes on the role of Dorothy. No word if this cast is on board for the show's Broadway revival, set to open in the 2016-17 season.
EMMY WINNER WAYNE BRADY TO STAR IN KINKY BOOTS ON BROADWAY Emmy winner Wayne will take over the role of Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Tony winner Billy Porter will play his final performance at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 20. Brady received Emmys in 2003 for Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Wayne Brady Show. He made his Broadway debut in 2004 as Billy Flynn in Chicago and also appeared in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. He is currently the host of the CBS reboot of Let’s Make a Deal. Kinky Boots features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein and won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical.
Small world; incoming On the Town headliner Misty Copeland has announced she’s engaged to Taye Diggs' cousin, Olu Evans... Big screen adaptation of Matilda musical may start shooting in 2016...