There's no doubt reality TV has changed the dance landscape in recent years. Shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and America's Best Dance Crew have had a profound impact on the industry. We've come to know so many dancers and choreographers by name.
For the last five years running, SYTYCD alum and choreographer Travis Wall has been nominated for Best Choreography by the Television Academy for his outstanding work on SYTYCD. In a fascinating article, 'A Dance Baby Comes Into His Own,' written by Debra Levine and shared with A4D, we learn about Travis' journey that began while he was still in diapers to his current-day fame.
Travis' take on how reality dance TV has shaped people's perception of dance? 'Not only is it giving opportunities to dancers and choreographers to reach a large audience, it is bringing new eyes to dance that probably never saw it before. It’s giving dance a larger audience.'
To read the full article, click here. Watch for more on Travis Wall in next week's DanceBlast.
77 NEW AUDITIONS ADDED TO ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM! The official end of summer brings us 77 new audition opportunities for dancers. States lead the way with 32, NYC has 21, LA has 10, and Internationals have 4. There are also 10 for Teaching, 7 Dance Company, 6 Managerial and 4 Internship 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 Spongebob Musical seeking principals who sing and dance for various roles, all ethnicities, prepare a brief uptempo pop/rock or contemporary musical theater song that shows range and reflects character you’re auditioning for, Contract: Production (League); $1861/wk min. Akhenaten the Musical seeking m/f Equity dancers who sing well, strong ballet and jazz, all ethnicities, dancers wear black form fitting clothing, ladies heels/character shoes, men dance shoes, no sneakers, vocal auditions at call backs, Contract: Developmental Lab Agreement; $1000/wk min. A Christmas Story seeking m/f strong dancers who sing extremely well for various roles, ladies character shoes, men character/jazz shoes, Contract: Eq COST Tier 4; $824/wk min.
In the West, My Heart is the Drum seeking AA dancers who sing for various roles, modern/contemporary, African, Caribbean, and ballet a plus, by appointment, Contract: Village Theatre Special Agreement; $657/wk min. Alvin & The Chipmunks Live On-Stage seeking dancers who sing and act for various roles, all ethnicities, also seeking excellent contemporary pop singer with acting skills, be prepared to dance and read sides, prepare 32 bars uptempo pop rock song, no musical theatre, $600/wk. for performances; $550/wk. for rehearsals. Per diem and housing for tour dates. 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 Fairfax County, VA; Portland, OR; Oakbrook, IL; Covina, CA; London, UK; Naples, FL; San Diego, CA; Westchester, CA; Atlanta, GA; Milton, GA; Anaheim, CA; and Honolulu, HI. 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.
USE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF DANCE TO FREELANCE TEACH
Use your knowledge of Dance to freelance teach classes in a Pattern Based Contact Improvisation technique, based on Social dancing and adding improvisations / moves based on musical syncopation and variation, and on steps from Hip-Hop, Blues, Samba and Chorinho, etc. to engage non-Dance "20 / 30 Somethings" as new types of students.
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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. In this installment, Marty Kudelka, Mia Michaels, and Dan Karaty are featured. To view these pages, simply use the images below.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RECAP -TOP 6 PERFORM & WHICH DANCERS ARE IN THE QUARTER FINALS? We’re one week away from the final performance round. At the top of the show we learned that America had voted and Team Stage came back strong with 55% of the votes. The contestants performed two dances each: One with an all star and one with a fellow contestant. The standout performance of the night was by Jaja and Alex Wong. Tessandra Chavez choreographed the number where Jaja portrayed someone with early onset Alzheimers and we watched her going in and out of recognizing her love, Alex. Jaja has a way of giving herself over to the choreography and she becomes vulnerable even when she’s far outside her comfort zone. The accolades she received from the judges makes it seem like Jaja will be the inevitable winner, but time will tell. There will be a combination of votes from this week and next week to determine the winner, so a strong performance next week will make all the difference. Tonight we found out that Team Street’s Megan ‘Megz’ Alfonso and Team Stage’s ballet dancer Jim Nowakowski fell short of the quarter finals leaving Street’s Jana ‘JaJa’ Vankova and Virgil Gadson as well as Stage’s Gaby Diaz and Hailee Payne still in the running to become ‘America’s Favorite Dancer.’
DANCING WITH THE STARS ANNOUNCES CAST FOR SEASON 21, ONE PRO IS OUT The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars’ 21st season and their Pro partners was announced on Good Morning America on September 2. The pairings are reality star Tamar Braxton and current champ Valentin Chmerkovskiy, actor Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya, singer Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess, celebrity cook Paula Dean and returning pro Louis Van Amstel, Triple-Crown jockey Victor Espinoza and the returning Karina Smirnoff, singer Andy Grammer and Allison Holker, Vine star Hayes Grier and Emma Slater, Aussie sweetheart Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, music icon Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe, reality star Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani, the show’s first competing married couple Alexa Penavega and Mark Ballas and Carlos Penavega and Witney Carson. The big surprise? Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos who recently found himself in the news after helping to avert a massacre aboard a Belgian train, is paired with pro Lindsay Arnold. Sadly, Pro Peta Murgatroyd had to pull out this season due to an ankle injury requiring surgery. Tune in on the season premiere on September 14.
CRAIG BENNETT & RACHEL ZATCOFF SET FOR PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ON BROADWAY Craig Bennett and Rachel Zatcoff have been tapped for The Phantom of the Opera as Monsieur Firmin and the Christine Alternate. Bennett, an original star of the new Phantom North American tour, will begin performances on August 31, succeeding Tim Jerome. Zatcoff will make her Great White Way debut on September 2, taking over for Kaley Ann Voorhees. Bennett’s Broadway credits include The Last Ship, A Tale of Two Cities, South Pacific and Miss Saigon. Zatcoff previously starred as Maria in the international tour of West Side Story.
BALLET SUPERSTAR MISTY COPELAND BRINGS BOX OFFICE BUMP TO ON THE TOWN American Ballet Theatre prima ballerina Misty Copeland began performances as Ivy Smith in the Broadway revival of On The Town on August 25, and in her first week at the Lyric Theatre, the show rose to 79.7% capacity in the colossal Lyric Theatre and grossed $914,434—over $500,000 more than the previous week. These numbers will allow the dance tuner to end on a high note. The production is set to close on September 6. Misty Copeland officially made her Broadway debut in On the Town on August 25.
DEAN JONES, ORIGINAL BOBBY IN COMPANY & LOVE BUG STAR DIES AT 84 Dean Jones, a Broadway alum who created the role of Bobby in Company, died on September 1 following complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Following his service in the Navy during the Korean War, he joined the Bird Cage Theater at the California amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm; the same stage that launched the careers of Steve Martin and Lauren Tewes. Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 opposite Jane Fonda in There Was a Little Girl. He went on to appear in numerous Disney films including That Darn Cat!, The Ugly Dachshund, and The Love Bug, in which he played Herbie’s driver. He reprised his performance in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and in the TV series Herbie, the Love Bug. He was named a Disney Legend in 1995.
Stage and screen alum Joshua Park, Broadway's Tom Sawyer, 38, died after a brief illness. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer musical featured Kristen Bell, Jim Poulos and Tom Aldredge. It played the Minskoff Theatre for just over two weeks after opening, however Park received a Theatre World Award for his performance... Megan Fairchild will step in for Misty Copeland for the final performance of On The Town...
THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, WITH SONGS BY STEVEN TYLER AND CYNDI LAUPER SETS WORLD PREMIERE Aerosmith, David Bowie and more are aiming to bring Bikini Bottom to Broadway in the 2016-17 season. Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with a book by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision by Tom Kitt, the previously rumored The SpongeBob Musical will make its world premiere on June 7, 2016 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Along with original tunes by Bowie and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the musical event will include songs by Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I.
MAMMA MIA! TO CLOSE ON BROADWAY AFTER 14 YEARS Mamma Mia! will be officially retired from its home at the Broadhurst Theatre September 5, after a 14-year run and 5,765 performances. It is the eighth-longest running show on the Great White Way. Producer Judy Craymer conceived of the show in the 1980s and approached members of ABBA. Instead of doing a musical about the band, she insisted their songs help tell an original story. Craymer teamed up with playwright Catherine Johnson and a story set on a Greek island was born: A young woman who is about to be married wants her father to give her away. The musical also prompted Craymer to produce a movie version starring Meryl Streep that boosted the show's box office.
LES MISERABLES CAST MEMBER KYLE JEAN-BAPTISTE DIES AT 21 Les Miserables cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste tragically died on August 28 after falling off his mother's fire escape. He was 21. The marquee lights of the Imperial Theatre, were dimmed on September 1 following the evening performance. Baptiste made history at the Imperial on July 23 when he became the first African-American actor, and the youngest person ever, to play the lead role of Jean Valjean on the Great White Way. A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Baptiste attended Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio where he starred in numerous productions. The day after his graduation, he was hired to join the ensemble of Les Miserables and understudy the role of Jean Valjean. He began performances on June 23. Baptiste had been scheduled to depart Les Miserables on September 6 to board the new Broadway production of The Color Purple.
Boston’s historic Colonial Theatre, a staple of the city's theater district since 1900, will shut down for at least one year... 54 Below renamed Feinstein’s/54 Below after the cabaret staple...