Afra Hines (left, in halter) with the original Broadway cast of "In the Heights" (Joan Marcus, courtesy Barlow-Hartman Public Relations)

Watch Broadway Dancer Afra Hines Dissect Her (Long, Impressive) Resumé

Ever wondered how a professional performer's resumé differs from that of, well, a normal working person? Maybe you're curious about what "AEA" or "SAG-AFTRA" stand for, and why you as a dancer should worry about these acronyms. Or perhaps you're just dying to know how it really feels to understudy a leading role on Broadway. Whatever your burning Broadway questions, the latest episode of Teen Vogue's "Resume Tours" has you covered.


Over the (thoroughly detailed) course of eleven-ish minutes, longtime Broadway dancer and actress Afra Hines (In the Heights, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Hadestown, and the list goes on) breaks down tons of juicy #BTS details on her illustrious career so far. You'll hear some fascinating stories, including: how Hines was recruited to join the Radio City Rockettes, her crash course in playing a man eight times a week, and the challenging career #goals she's currently hustling towards.

Perhaps most of all, you'll come away with great ideas on how to present your own dance experiences on a traditional resumé. Can you say "transferrable skills"?

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Meet the 33 Artists Making Their Broadway Debuts in the “West Side Story” Revival

Everybody's talking about the latest West Side Story revival, set to open on Broadway February 20th. Directed by Ivo van Hove and featuring brand-new choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, it promises to be radically different from the familiar Jerome Robbins production.

In addition to fresh choreography, it'll also feature many, many fresh faces: No fewer than 33 artists are making their Broadway debuts in the show. The diverse group includes 20 college graduates, two siblings, and one winner of "Dancing with the Stars Panamá."

Get to know all of these extraordinarily talented Sharks and Jets as they prepare to take the Great White Way by storm.

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