More Outrageous Audition Stories!
The most outrageous thing I was asked to do at my Cirque du Soleil audition was to learn four different combinations in four different styles, and then improvise to three different songs—all in just a few hours. It was difficult to completely change my train of thought and motion so many times in a single audition. —Allison Ulrich, cast member in Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS
Lesson learned: Stay focused on what is given to you at a specific moment and don’t get distracted by what has already happened.
A few summers ago I flew to NYC for New York City Dance Alliance Nationals. About an hour after I landed I got a call for an audition for West Side Story. I didn’t have time to run back to my hotel and get my headshots, sheet music or heels—I only had dance clothes, so I was just going to go without everything else in order to make it on time. When my agent called, I was told there would be no singing that day, just dancing (which is good because I’m not the best singer!). I got through all the dance cuts that day and when I thought it was over they asked me and two other girls to stay and sing. So I decided to channel my alter ego: a pop star. My former teacher Denise Wall told me if I didn’t have a song prepared, I should sing in a different voice because it would be better than my serious one. I sang “All That Jazz” like Britney Spears. The folks running the audition had no idea what to do with me. I ended up getting another callback though! —Jamie Goodwin, "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 3
Lesson learned: Become a triple threat! Take acting and voice lessons and add to your skill set by taking classes in other disciplines.
From top to bottom photos by Julie Aucoin; Courtesy Jamie Goodwin
The coolest place she's ever performed:
I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!
Something she's constantly working on:
My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'
My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.
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For an aspiring ballerina, there's no more exciting place to be than the ABT Studio Company, the pre-professional arm of American Ballet Theatre. The NYC-based troupe of 16- to 20-year-old dancers trains hard and performs harder, putting on multiple shows over the course of each season. We followed ensemble member Léa Fleytoux, a gifted 18-year-old from Paris, France, on a performance day to get an inside look at what it's like to live the Studio Company life.
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!
In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance," she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. Dance Magazine caught up with her to find out how she's balancing all of her dance projects.
Marzia Memoli may be the Martha Graham Dance Company's newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Memoli started studying at age 16 at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Later, she attended the Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland, before heading to NYC in 2016 to join MGDC. This month, she'll perform The Rite of Spring in the Martha Graham Studio Series in NYC, and tour with the company in Florida. Read on for the dirt.
The union of dance royalty isn't something we take lightly—especially when it's between legendary hip hopper WilldaBeast Adams and dance phenom Janelle Ginestra. (#RelationshipGoals much?) So when we heard we were invited to their Big Day we sort of lost it. (I mean, what does one wear to the wedding of two dance icons? Better yet, what kind of dance moves does one practice for the reception?) Ok, so we might be getting a little ahead of ourselves, because we'll all be able to watch the wedding from the comfort of our own wifi. In true immaBEAST fashion the dance moguls decided to share their special day with devoted fans by streaming it online.