Key dance skills needed for musical theatre performers

Key dance skills needed for musical theatre performers

How many dance classes do I really need? Will I be able to squeeze by if the director likes my acting or singing? I don't have a serious dance background, but I'm teachable.... does this sound familiar? Let's be honest, being a triple threat is an ideal that many of us will be able to convincingly pull off, but underneath the facade, we all started from one core skill, and for two thirds of us it's singing or acting rather than dance. If you're primarily a dancer by trade, congratulations!, but this post is not for you. The rest of us who come to musical theatre from a strong singing or acting background will need to develop our dance skills enough to the point where we can impress in auditions and learn quickly in rehearsals. So what skills do you need to be considered "good enough"? Here are a few core elements for success:

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Exposure therapy for performance anxiety in musical theatre

Exposure therapy for performance anxiety in musical theatre

In a previous blog post we discussed performance anxiety in musical theatre settings, otherwise known as stage fright, along with the symptoms of anxiety and a few initial steps to work toward reducing it. In order to grow past performance anxiety over the long run, you must expose yourself - you must perform, perform, perform, and this is known as exposure therapy. However, there is an art to exposing yourself to your fears and it should be done  in careful, small, planned doses. Where many people go wrong is exposing themselves into a high stakes performance with no build up, which usually results negatively and makes future performance anxiety even worse. Exposure will be most effective and fun for you in small steps that gradually lead up to a major milestone.

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Best musical theatre podcasts

Best musical theatre podcasts

Merry Christmas folks, here's my gift to you: I've done the tough work on your behalf, and found the best podcasts out there for musical theatre professionals, students and enthusiasts. After listening to more than 20 different shows, I regularly tune into these six because of the quality of topics, the excellent formatting, and the actionable information I walk away with. Pick the ones most relevant to you, or listen to them all to get a well rounded musical theatre education:

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Staying fresh between acting jobs

Staying fresh between acting jobs

We all know the feeling: your show ended 3 weeks ago, you don't have anything else lined up yet, and you're back into the grind of working at your day job. Or maybe you just got rejected at an audition. You're not motivated to practice, because there's nothing on the horizon. You scan audition postings, and nothing stands out. You wonder if you'll ever make a living performing, and if you'll be stuck at this day job for the rest of your life. You're officially in a RUT. What's a musical theater performer to do?

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