Few dance jobs are as thrilling as being a backup dancer for a major pop star (just ask our May/June 2013 cover stars!). The guaranteed high-octane atmosphere, the costumes, the hair and makeup, the top-notch choreo—we could go on and on. So it's obviously a dream job, but how do you get it? Luckily, one backup dancer shared her journey. Pam Chu spoke with Cosmopolitan Magazine about her path to becoming a backup dancer for Britney Spears. There were lots of great takeaways, including how to know what judges are looking for at an audition, and how to handle any situation:
"At the audition, I remember having a feeling like, I want to get this. You have to psych yourself up and you have to believe you can get it. You have to have that confidence without being arrogant. From the way the choreographers were teaching, I knew they wanted people who had technique, style, and would dance full out all the time. I knew not to sit down in the audition — ever. We were there for nine hours."
Chu working it during a performance. (Photo by Denise Truscello)
(Photo by Denise Truscello)
Chu's journey is anything but ordinary, with lots of varying dance jobs prior to landing the Britney gig. Her story goes to show that when it comes to your career, every experience is a valuable one, even if you may not realize it at the time. Check out the full story here!