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At this point it’s easy for self-doubt to creep in and it’s easy to spend more time talking yourself out of going to the audition than getting ready for it.
If that sounds familiar, what you're feeling has a name. It's called impostor syndrome or chronic self-doubt—a feeling that you haven’t earned your success. Researchers believe more than 70 percent of working professionals have suffered from it at one point or another.
At Answers4dancers, we know many performers struggle with self-doubt and we offer 3 key takeaways that you can use today to become more confident—and more resilient—using body language. Walk in the door of your next (or even first) audition and take these tips with you.
Step One: Change your outlook in two minutes by changing your posture. Step Two: Notice the effect your body language has on others. Step Three: Become the change you hope to see in yourself.
Details on how to use these simple steps at your next audition are right here on A4D. Give these tips a try and walk in more confident and ready to show you have what it takes to book the job!
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WORLD OF DANCE FINAL WEEK OF QUALIFYING ROUND Time was up this week for performers who wanted a chance to advance to The Duels on World of Dance. This was the final Qualifiers round. Here are a few of the dancers we met: Contemporary duo Denise and Josh (Junior Division) were praised for their emotional performance. Derek loved the way there were pauses in the dance and creative tricks. Jennifer cautioned Denise she has to match the intensity of her partner, but they advanced with an average score of 91.0. We saw the return of several contestants from prior years. With Kozmic Edge (Junior Team Division) we saw Victoria Caban, who competed last season as a flamenco dancer, and now she’s with a hip-hop troupe. Sadly, their average score of 83.0 was not enough for Victoria and her crew to advance. In Unity LA (Upper Team Division) we saw the return of last season’s Ashley and Zack who made it all the way to the Division Finals last year, so they decided that this season they would bring their friends along for the ride. And it was worth it when they got standing ovations from all three judges with an average score of 95.3. One final memorable dance was performed by Derek Piquette (Upper Division) who had been dancing lead roles in Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza, but eventually he started feeling pain in his hips, and he learned he would have to have hip-replacement surgery. After he gets the procedure done he might not have the same range of motion. Since this might be his last chance to dance at his best, he decided to fight through the pain and received an average score of 91.3. Next week begins The Duels and the field will be cut in half.
HUGH JACKMAN WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY IN THE MUSIC MAN Tony winner Hugh Jackman will head back to Broadway next year taking on the role of Harold Hill in a new production of Meredith Willson's Tony-winning musical comedy, The Music Man. Directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks, choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, and music-directed by Patrick Vaccariello, previews will begin on September 9, 2020 with an opening night set for October 22 at a Shubert venue to be announced. Jackman earned a Tony Award for his Broadway-debut turn portraying the late, legendary entertainer Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. He earned an Olivier nomination for his performance as Curly in an acclaimed West End revival of Oklahoma! In addition to his Oscar-nominated turn as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, he has been seen on-screen in the Wolverine film series and the movie musical The Greatest Showman. Jackman won an Emmy Award as host of the 58th Annual Tony Awards and will soon launch an international concert tour set to kick off in Hamburg, Germany. This will mark the third Broadway revival of The Music Man. The most recent production in 2000, starred Craig Bierko opposite Rebecca Luker. There was a 1980 revival that featured Dick Van Dyke and Meg Bussert, and the original 1957 staging starred Robert Preston and Barbara Cook. A 1962 film adaptation featured Preston reprising his Broadway turn alongside Shirley Jones and a 2003 TV movie starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.
MerBRITNEY SPEARS MUSICAL ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME SETS PRE-BROADWAY RUN A new Broadway-bound musical comedy based on classic fairy-tale stories and set to the smash-hit music of Grammy-winning superstar Britney Spears will have its world premiere this fall at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago. Titled Once Upon a One More Time, the musical will begin previews on October 29 with an opening night of November 13 for a limited engagement through December 1, before heading to Broadway. In Once Upon a One More Time, Cinderella, Snow White, and the other fairytale princesses gather for their book club when a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation. The musical features an original book by Jon Hartmere with direction by Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi, and choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid. A previously in-the-works Britney Spears musical was to be directed by two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell.
FULL CAST SET FOR AHRENS & FLAHERTY’S MARIE, DANCING STILL - A NEW MUSICAL Complete casting has been announced for Marie, Dancing Still - A New Musical, set to play Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre from March 22 through April 14. Originally titled Little Dancer and formerly renamed Marie, the musical is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman with music direction by Shawn Gough. The principal players are Tiler Peck, Terrence Mann, Karen Ziemba, Louise Pitre, Dee Hoty, Jenny Powers, Christopher Gurr, Noelle Hogan, and Kyle Harris. Featuring a book and lyrics Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the musical is based on the true story of a young ballerina (Peck) who, after posing for Edgar Degas (Mann), became the most famous dancer in the world.
ANNA D. SHAPIRO TO DIRECT BROADWAY-BOUNT DEVIL WEARS PRADA MUSICAL Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro has been named director of the Broadway-aimed new musical The Devil Wears Prada. The tuner, featuring a book by Paul Rudnick, music by Elton John, and lyrics by Shaina Taub, is based Lauren Weisberger's bestselling 2003 novel, which was turned into a smash 2006 film. Shapiro earned a Tony Award for her direction of August: Osage County, with other main-stem credits including The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Of Mice and Men, This Is Our Youth, Fish in the Dark, and Straight White Men. The Devil Wears Prada follows Andy Sachs (played by Ann Hathaway in movie version), a smart but drab aspiring journalist who gets sucked into the glamorous world of the elite fashion magazine Runway and the servitude of its cutthroat editor, Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep in the film).
Multi-Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles has landed the sweetest of small-screen gigs. The Tony-nominated Waitress songwriter has been selected as the musical guest for the April 6 edition of NBC's Saturday Night Live. The episode will be hosted by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington…
MEGAN HILTY & JESSIE MUELLER TO PLAY PATSY CLINE & LORETTA LYNN IN TV MOVIE PATSY & LORETTA Tony nominee Megan Hilty and Tony winner Jessie Mueller have been cast as country music legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn in the new Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta. Neil Meron, who worked with Hilty on Smash, will co-produce the film, to be directed by Callie Khouri (Nashville). Patsy & Loretta will follow the untold friendship between the two music stars, leading up to Cline's untimely death in a 1963 plane crash. Hilty is a Tony nominee for Noises Off, most known for her turns in Broadway's Wicked and on TV's Smash. She's no stranger to country music, having originated the role of Doralee Rhodes in Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 musical. Mueller won the Tony Award for her performance as Carole King in Beautiful. Her Broadway credits also include Tony-nommed turns in Carousel, Waitress, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Patsy & Loretta will be filmed on location in Nashville, with a premiere scheduled for late 2019.
KRYSTINA ALABADO IS THE NEW GRETCHEN WIENERS OF BROADWAY’S MEAN GIRLS The Tony-nominated hit musical Mean Girls welcomed Krystina Alabado in the role of Gretchen Wieners on March 12. Alabado replaced Tony-nominated original cast member Ashley Park, who played her final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on March 10. Alabado has appeared on Broadway in American Psycho and American Idiot. Her national tour credits include Evita, American Idiot, and Spring Awakening. With a book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, Mean Girls features direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw and musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The show began previews on March 12, 2018 and officially opened on April 8.
GIZEL JIMÉNEZ’ BROADWAY DEBUT AS NESSAROSE IN WICKED Multi-talented stage star Gizel Jiménez stepped into the hit Broadway musical Wicked in the role of Nessarose on March 12. Jiménez made her Broadway debut, succeeding Kristen Martin, who played her final performance in the hit musical on March 10. Jiménez has appeared off-Broadway in Avenue Q, Miss You Like Hell, Party People, and Rosario and the Gypsies. She was also seen on tour in West Side Story. Wicked features a book by Winnie Holzman, a score by Stephen Schwartz, direction by Joe Mantello, choreography by Wayne Cilento, and music direction by Stephen Oremus.
Broadway alum and former Glee star Lea Michele was married to Zandy Reich on March 9 in Northern California. In addition to her breakout turn as Wendla in Spring Awakening, Michele has been seen on the Great White Way in Fiddler on the Roof, Ragtime, and Les Misérables. She earned a Primetime Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nods for her turn as Rachel Berry on Glee. Reich is the president of AYR clothing company…
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SEEKING SINGERS AND DANCERS
Singers By Appointment Only - March 27 & 28
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Dancers - March 28 Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
DANCERS: Female & Male Identifying and non-binary Dancers • 10AM
NORWEGIAN CREATIVE PHILADELPHIA MARCH 14-15, 2019 Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA