Calling all aspiring professional dancers: Ever wish there was a pre-set, universal path to success in show biz? You’re not alone. And while there are no guarantees for the performing artist, this new book by Broadway veteran Adam Cates is a great place to start. The Business of Show: A Guide to the Entertainment Business for the Performing Artist has all the information you need—from training and auditions to self-promotion and contract negotiations. Dancers who’ve made it big (and the directors, choreographers, artistic directors, producers, agents and casting directors who’ve helped them get there) offer an insider’s glimpse into the confusing yet exhilarating world of show biz.
A crumpled, torn magazine photo of a ballerina sparked a 4-year-old orphan’s dream of becoming a professional dancer. That orphan was Michaela DePrince, now a rising talent at Dutch National Ballet. (You may know her from the 2011 documentary First Position.) DePrince’s new memoir, Taking Flight, recounts her incredible journey from war-torn Sierra Leone to the ballet world. There are moments that will leave you in tears—yet her inspiring story (co-written with her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince) is one you’ll never forget.
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This fall, add a touch of elegance to your ballet wardrobe with a Flocked 3/4 Sleeve Leotard from the Ashley Bouder collection for Discount Dance Supply. The mesh neckline with stenciled-flower detailing will emphasize your épaulement, while the ballet-cut line will give you that coveted legs-for-days look.
Nothing shows off a luscious port de bras quite like a low-back leo. Danskin’s Lace-Back Leotard from their New York City Ballet line takes this classic look to a whole new level with black lace. Pair it with their NYCB Lace Wrap Skirt, and you’ve got an outfit sure to stand out.
Want to rock this look at your next contemporary ballet rehearsal? We’re giving away one leotard and wrap skirt for free. Click here to enter.