Musical theatre audition tips part 4: rocking the dance call

Musical theatre audition tips part 4: rocking the dance call

Welcome back to part 4, the final section of MTU’s audition tips series: rocking the dance call. This post discusses the elements of the dance portion of your musical theatre audition, what to expect and how to stand out against the crowd. How a dance call works: usually if you are attending a dance call, it is because you are at a large open call audition or you are being considered for an ensemble role in a show, so you'll be asked to attend a dance call with 50-100 other people. The show's choreographer will teach the entire group a short combination, after which he/she will call you up in small groups of 4-6 while he/she evaluates, along with the rest of the creative team.

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Dance class etiquette 101

Dance class etiquette 101

Those that come to musical theatre primarily from a dance background are lucky - they know where to stand, how to act, and what to do when taking a dance class. The rest of us have probably dabbled in and out of dance classes for years, getting by with enough dance training to avoid tripping over our own feet during the dance break in a show, but don't have enough experience in dance classes to understand the sacred, unwritten rules of dance etiquette. Nobody likes it when someone walks in and stands right in front of you, isn't watching where they are going and slams into you, or enters late and forces the instructor to repeat themselves

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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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