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Inside a Rockette audition (Amanda Schwab/Starpix)
Let's be real: Auditions can be rough. No matter how prepared you are, a lot of variables go into every audition—which means even the best of us mess up sometimes! Here are 7 audition fails every dancer has experienced at one point or another.
No matter what you're auditioning for—whether it be a company or Broadway show—you're bound to run into a few of the same types of people over and over. Here are eight dancers you're pretty much guaranteed to see at every audition.
Choreographing a Broadway show is a dream for many. Of course, it takes years of hard work, determination, and drive to make it to the Great White Way. But here are 6 choreographers we think are more than worthy of having their name on a Broadway marquee.
Another year, another live musical coming to our television screens! We're SO HERE for "Rent: Live," airing on Fox this Sunday. Of course, we're looking forward to hearing the iconic songs—and watching the A-list lead cast. But what we're most excited about is the stellar group of dancers in the ensemble. Here are 7 to look for during the broadcast, including some very familiar faces.
Season 15's Top 10 in a Luther Brown number (Michael Becker/FOX)
"So You Think You Can Dance" is back for a 16th season, and we are SO HERE FOR IT! Especially because there are tons of gorgeous dancers we're obsessed with RN and would love to see up on that "SYTYCD" stage. Here are nine people we hope are planning to audition.
Every day is another day closer to the new West Side Story film remake and TBH, we can barely contain our excitement! Who will star in those dance-tastic roles? Here are 10 dancers who need to be cast in it.
Winter break is finally here! After months of hard word between school and The Nutcracker, now is officially our time to kick back and relax. But as dancers, we always have a checklist of things to get done. Here are 8 things that you should totally do before school picks back up again.
Receiving an Emmy or Tony Award for your choreography is a HUGE deal. Tbh, being handed one of those famed statues is probably one of the most iconic moments that can happen in your career. From Travis Wall, to Mandy Moore, to Justin Peck, some of our faves have gotten major accolades in recent years, but here are 9 otherswho need to be honored ASAP!
From beauty gurus, to pranksters, to documentary makers (aka Shane Dawson), YouTubers are all the rage nowadays. And thankfully, some of our favorite dancers have hopped on the YouTube train themselves! Here are 8 of them you need to start watching—basically every second of every day.
As dancers, we're a group of super-passionate people. And because of that, we can sometimes snap when people judge us unfairly or do something we just can't stand. Here are 10 things that make all dancers really angry.
Kent Stowell's snow scene for Pacific Northwest Ballet (by Angela Sterling, courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet)
Nutcracker season is upon us, guys, and the time has come for never-ending rehearsals and like 10 shows a day. So sure, there's a lot of emphasis on all the negative aspects of performing in the show and how to survive this nutty season, but let's be real: There's also a ton of REALLY fun things about this holiday classic. Like getting to dance in the most dreamy costumes you can imagine. Here are the 7 absolute best parts of dancing in a production of The Nutcracker.
If there's one thing we learned from the musical episode of "Riverdale" last season, it's that more television shows should follow along and have at least one dance-tastic episode. Sure, sometimes these can flop, but most of the time they only make us love the show even more. Here are 8 series that we think need an episode filled with dancey goodness RIGHT NOW.
Finding the perfect song to choreograph to can sometimes be a very tricky task. But thankfully, our queen Ariana Grande is constantly releasing dance-worthy bops. Whether from her hit albums Dangerous Woman and Sweetener, or her most recent, thank u, next, there are a ton of songs from the "God is a Woman" singer that need to be on your dance playlist STAT. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Cathleen Meredith is a plus-size performer who's started her own talent agency for fellow plus-size dancers (photo by Elliott Ashby, courtesy Meredith)
For Decades, Thin has been very In in the dance world. The stereotype is especially prevalent in ballet, where young dancers can feel huge pressure to be as skinny as possible. But dance's body-diversity problem isn't limited to the realm of leotards and tights—it's an issue that dancers of all genres encounter. Those who don't fit the thin ideal often find themselves shut out of professional dance, sidelined not because of a lack of talent, but because of a body directors and choreographers deem "too big."
Thankfully, long-overdue change is—slowly but surely—coming. And we'd like you to meet five of the gifted, determined, stereotype-shattering performers leading the way. They're living proof that talent knows no size.