Calling All Triple Threats: Broadway Audition Alert

Have you dreamed of being on Broadway since before you can remember? This could be your chance. School of Rock (aka that hilarious old Jack Black movie with kids so cute you can't help but watch each and every time it's on TV) is coming to The Great White Way in November, and the show needs to fill some very important roles. School of Rock—The Musical is holding open auditions for kids ages 9–15 in L.A., NYC and online.

Which role do you want?

The show's audition notice specifies that hopefuls must be able to sing and act, and playing an instrument is a plus. But I'd suggest the casting agents add dance to that list, too. JoAnn Hunter is choreographing—and one glimpse at her dance-tastic resumé will make you want to jump to the front of the audition line. Hunter has performed in shows such as Thoroughly Modern Mille, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees and How to Succeed in Business..., and she was the dance captain for Chicago's revival.

And get this: Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical bigwig behind Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more, is composing the score and adapting some of the film's music for the stage.

Auditions will be held in L.A. this Saturday, January 17, and in NYC the following week. If you can't make it in person, the show will start accepting video auditions soon. Click here for details.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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