Ooh la la! Enjoy an intoxicating adventure through the City of Lights with high-kicking dancers direct from the legendary Moulin Rouge performing the can-can, and the jazzy French cabaret sounds of Paris Combo, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a dazzling fireworks display.
Artists: Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Paris Combo, special guest; Dancers from the Moulin Rouge, special guest
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33 NEW AUDITIONS ADDED TO ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM! NYC is the place to be, announcing 13 new opportunities for dancers, the States 9, L.A. 4, and the Internationals 3. Dance Companies add 3 new postings, and Choreography jobs 1. Additionally, 6 Teaching jobs have been posted, and 4 Managerial & 1 Internship position. 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 Lion King, Bway & National Tour, seeking male & female ensemble dancers, modern/ballet dance background, late teens to early 30's, all cultural backgrounds encouraged to audition, $1653/wk min. A Wonderful Life seeking male & female singer-dancers, supporting roles will be cast from ensemble, as will understudies for principals, contract.
In the West, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers seeking male dancers 18-30 years of age, all heights, to play The Suitors, will be involved in stage fighting, stipend provided. Legally Blonde seeking actors who sing and dance for all roles, $540/wk. For information and details on these and access to plenty more opportunities, please visit the Member Audition Pages at www.answers4dancers.com.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES - LAS VEGAS AUDITIONS STRONG MALE & FEMALE SINGERS OPENCALL: Tue, Sept 20, 10am. Prepare 16 bars contrasting styles with sheet music or CD, no acappella. Strong R&B / Rock & Roll style in at least one selection; females comfortable belting to D. STRONG MALE & FEMALE DANCERS OPEN CALL: Wed, Sept 21, 10am. Dress in close fitting dance attire; technical exercises & contrasting combinations will be taught at audition. Headshot & Resume. Backstage Dance Studios, 3425 Backstage Blvd, LV, NV 89121. www.carnivalentertainment.com
Pictured are Melanie Moore and Marco Germar / finalists of SYTYCD season 8
FROM A CASTING PERSPECTIVE... By Grover Dale
Outstanding dance ability will get you noticed...but chances are...booking the jobs you really want...will depend on the emotional wattage you bring to the choreography you're asked to perform. Bam! Knowing the right moment to ramp up the sizzle, the burn, the mighty jab, the charm, the sassy stride, the explosive leap, or the heart-stopping melt...is the extra ingredient that may account for the excitement that hovers around exceptional performers. Okay...it's an extra ingredient...but how does it reveal itself?
Have you ever watched a performance and found yourself drawn in...not by the steps...but by what the dancers convey inspite of the steps? Call it charisma, star quality, inner glow, outer fire, or whatever you like...it grabs us and commands our attention. It's almost a physical presence, a spark that empowers even the simplest piece of choreography.
Who among us will ever forget the gravity-defying leap that led America's favorite dancer Melanie Moore to arrive inside the protective arms of All-star Neil Haskell? What kind of talent gives birth to these moments? Can anyone tap into it?
Charisma requires that you acknowledge a new, larger set of possibilities. It means looking beyond the triple pirouettes, fouettes, split leaps, and behind-the-ear extensions that you worked hard to acquire in class. And it means drilling down and embracing the authentic voice inside that suggests your capacity for creative self-expression reaches beyond anything you've ever imagined. It's your own brand of performance power...and I'll welcome the day...I get the opportunity to open that door for you. (workshop details coming soon. FREE to members. Non-members: $50)
Members have exclusive access to the 12 videos that inspired 'Performance Power' featuring exceptional dancers like Melanie Moore, Marco Germar, Twitch Boss, Sasha Mallory, Alex Wong, Billy Bell, Kent Boyd, Neil Haskell, Jillian Meyers, Tony Testa, Tim Stickney, Li'l Buck, and Maya Plisetskaya.
DANCE AGENTS 60 TURN-ONS, TURN-OFFS & REALITY CHECKS! Mailed out to members today...the inside scoop from these top agents and personal managers in NYC and LA: Brendan Filuk (bloc), Alison Diaz (bloc), Bill Bohl (DDO), Terry and Lisa Lindholm (Go2Talent), Brian Gendece, Michelle Zeitlin, Tim O'Brien (Clear Talent), JC Gutierrez (MSA), Chantelle Ameli & Jacquelyn Sutkowi (DDO).
JULY/AUG BOOKINGS UP 95% OVER PREVIOUS MONTHS The last 2 weeks delivered 13 member bookings. At press time, Jessie Douglass-Smith booked a European commercial narrowly missing the op to be included in this image.
Members pick 'em on the Calendar and the Big List! Stats reveal the most popular for this week:
1. Symphony For The Dance Floor 2. Legally Blonde - North Shore Music Theatre 3. West Side Story National Tour - Dancers 4. Tokyo Disney 5. Leesaar The Company
GAGA, PERRY WIN BIG AT VMAs BUT BEYONCE STEALS THE SHOW Lady Gaga picked up 2 awards and Katy Perry 3, but it was Beyonce showing off her baby bump that stole the show at MTV's Video Music Awards. Beyonce first appeared on the red carpet and used her arms to outline the baby bump. She later performed "Love On Top," telling the audience, "I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me." Lady Gaga opened the show singing "You and I" and dressed in drag as her male alter ego, Joe Calderone. She stayed in the fictional character throughout the program and accepted awards for Best Female Video and Best Message Video for her song, "Born This Way." The other big winner of the night was Katy Perry, who took home Video Of The Year, the night's top prize, with her triumphant song and video for "Firework." Britney Spears took home Best Pop Music Video for "Till the World Ends." Frank Gatson Jr., Sheryl Murakami, and Jeffrey Page won for Best Choreography for Beyonces' "Run the World (Girls)."
PERRY SETS ANOTHER CHART RECORD Katy Perry has landed another chart record after becoming the first artist in the 15-year history of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart to land 4 number ones from the same album. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) has jumped up a spot to number one on the new countdown to give her the record. California Gurls, Teenage Dream and Firework also hit the top spot from the Teenage Dream album, while a 5th single, E.T., made it to number 2. The 5 singles from Teenage Dream have also topped Billboard's Pop Songs chart, making the album the only release in that countdown's 19-year history to boast the feat.
NEW DWTS CAST REVEALED The new cast of "Dancing With the Stars" has been revealed, and the 13th season of the hit show will feature a mix of actors, athletes and TV personalities. Set to tango and quickstep with professional dance partners will be basketball star Ron Artest; World Cup soccer player Hope Solo; reality stars Robert Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari and Chaz Bono; TV personalities Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Ricki Lake; singer-actress Chynna Phillips; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis (George Clooney's ex-girlfriend). The season premiere is Sept 19, and the first celebrity contestant will be eliminated on the following day.
NIGEL'S EMMY PICKS "It's a bit like deciding which child gets the sweets!" So says American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance exec producer Nigel Lythgoe when asked which of his 2 popular shows he wants to win the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Emmy on Sept 18. "I guess I would prefer American Idol because it's been around for so long and it's so deserving of an Emmy." Idol has been nominated 9 times but has never won. "You could sort of say it may be because the voters believe that it has such huge success, it doesn't need to win. It's got the viewers," Nigel says. "It's very nice to be nominated, but we'd much prefer to win." Don't fret, SYTYCD fans, Nigel is hoping your fave show is showered with some Emmy lovin', too.
JANET WILL NOT ATTEND Janet Jackson said she won't attend a planned tribute concert for her older brother Michael in Wales because the show coincides with the trial of a doctor charged in the King of Pop's death. The singer did not criticize the show, as her brothers Jermaine and Randy have done, but cited the court case as her reason for not attending. "Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me."
GAGA & PERRY ON CHINA BAN LIST Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are among the artists who find themselves on a new 'banned' list in China, having run afoul of China's Ministry of Culture officials, who have branded their songs vulgar. Songs like Perry's Last Friday Night and Gaga's The Edge of Glory, Judas and Hair are among the tracks the Ministry is keen to keep away from Chinese youngsters. Chinese website bosses have been told they must remove the songs by Sept 15.
TIMBERLAKE & BIEL BACK ON? Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake appear to be close again after splitting earlier this year. They were spotted hanging out at a favorite Toronto, Canada cafe over the weekend, enjoying romantic rendezvous at Ella's Uncle coffee shop 3 times. An eyewitness relates, "They seemed so comfortable, happy and at ease (and) they literally couldn't stop staring and smiling at each other. Justin seemed completely smitten with Jessica, and she had this permanent smile on her face, and they joked around with each other."
'PHANTOM' BIDS FAREWELL TO ORIG CAST MEMBER Saturday night's performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway will be perhaps most memorable for someone who's seen the show a lot. It will be the last one for actor George Lee Andrews, who will have wrapped up his 9,382nd show over 23 years. The show helped him capture the Guinness World Records title for the most performances in the same Broadway show. 68-year-old Andrews will not be continuing in the role of Monsieur Andre. Aaron Galligan-Stierle, who is Andrew's son-in-law, will take over the part beginning Sept 5.
GAGA ON FORBES' MOST POWERFUL Lady Gaga has landed on Forbes' annual World's100 Most Powerful Women list. While she came in at No 11, no entertainment related celebs made it into the top 10, which was dominated by the likes of Hillary Clinton (No 2) and Michelle Obama (No 8), with German Chancellor Angela Merkel holding down the top spot. But Gaga did beat out pop culture folks Oprah Winfrey (No 14), Beyoncé (No 18), Angelina Jolie (No 29), Ellen DeGeneres (No 55), Gisele Bündchen (No 60) and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. "Lady Gaga wears the crown of Forbes 2011 Most Powerful Celebrity," the mag stated. "It's a title she's made good on both in dollar signs and massive constituency. She raked in $90 million over the past year. In July, Gaga became the first Twitter user to reach 12 million followers ...[and] her Facebook page has 36 million fans."
RIHANNA ADDS TOUR FOOTAGE TO VID Rihanna has given her fans a behind-the-scenesglimpse of her recent tour in her new music video, having wrapped her North American Loud trek last month, ahead of taking the shows to Europe. Rihanna amassed hours of footage on the road, and she's compiled the best bits to form the promo for her new song Cheers (Drink to That). In the video, the star can be seen performing for fans, hugging pals backstage, and unwinding in a swimming pool.
'FOLLIES' TO OPEN ON BWAY When former members of the "Weismann Follies" reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, 2 couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present, both good times and bad. Originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince, it opened in 1971, and echoed the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between the 2 World Wars. The score features some of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs, including "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You?," and "Losing My Mind." Directed by Eric Schaeffer, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, FOLLIES will officially open on Sept 12 at the Marquis Theatre.
BWAY CLOSED FOR THE WEEKEND Tropical Storm Irene forced Bway theaters to scrap a potentially lucrative late summer weekend. When the hurricane's threat prompted city officials to shut down the public transportation system, theater producers threw in the towel for matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday. Depending on the show, theaters lost revenue for up to four performances. The cumulative loss has been estimated at approximately $8 million.
IF BRIT WASN'T FAMOUS... What would Britney Spears be doing today if she weren't a pop star? Teaching! In an interview with PopJustice.com, the 29-year-old mother of 2 opens up about the career choices she might've made if she hadn't reached international stardom at a young age. "I'd probably be a teacher. I love kids, and even in what I do now one of my favorite parts of my day is getting to meet my fans before the show. Especially the little ones...I'd specialize in reading and history," she says, adding that her favorite historical period is the 1920s.
NEXT GIG FOR GAGA It was just a matter of time before rumors wouldstart buzzing that outrageous fashionista Lady Gaga is creating her own fashion line. The superstar is collaborating with her look-alike little sister, Natali Germanotta, on the new venture. Baby Gaga, as she's also known, studied at New York City's Parsons, the New School of Design, so aside from being Mother Monster's flesh and blood, she's qualified for the job. But before you expect to see Gaga's horns and foot-tall shoes hitting store shelves, word is, the clothes will be "relatively normal and wearable."