HOW TO SELF TAPE: GROVER’S PERFORMANCE TIPS
In last week’s DanceBlast, we introduced new content on How to Self Tape for audition submissions. With the help of A4D founder and award-winning choreographer Grover Dale, we’ll explore more details on creating a self tape that will capture the attention of casting directors and choreographers.
VIDEO SUBMISSIONS FOR DANCERS?
By GROVER DALE
A4D’s audition calendar is loaded with ‘audition combos’ posted by casting directors. Shows, tours, cruises, TV jobs, you name it. Dancers are expected to learn the moves, record them, and submit performances. Within days, the outstanding submissions are chosen. The dancers are either booked or called in for an in-person audition.
Easy, breezy, right? Well, almost.
Sure, video submissions are new options for dancers. Casting directors supply the choreography and the music, but few, if any, provide the motive driving it. The fuel that drives the dance is essential. That option is entirely in your hands. Before activating your camera and recording your ‘go’ at the combo, you need a way of celebrating the movement. How in the heck do you do that?
A4D has answers for you to think about. Motives like these can lift the choreography into a state of shining. Give it a shot.
Motivate & Celebrate!
1. I’m filled with personal pride for the country I live in.
2. I’m filled with personal delight for the steps I'm doing.
3. I’m filled with personal relief for the grades I just earned.
4. I’m filled with personal satisfaction for the job I just got.
‘I like it. A beautiful idea, Grover.
Kids need to discover the ‘why!’
– Vincent Paterson, celebrity choreographer and
acclaimed author of Icons & Instincts
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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: AND THE WINNER OF SEASON 17 IS ...
The Season 17 finale of So You Think You Can Dance was packed with tons of dance. Brian Friedman was back with a great opening number where all three judges performed (for a few counts) alongside the Top 12 dancers. Keaton and Alexis each had to perform a duo with their choice of partners from the Top 12, a solo, a number with an All Star, and a duo with each other. First up was Alexis who chose to dance with bestie Carter. Sasha Farber and Emma Slater choreographed a powerful Samba that set the tone for the evening. Then Keaton chose to partner with the quirky Anna who blew the judges away with her audition. They performed a Contemporary piece choreographed by Talia Favia. Talia sensed romantic vibes between Keaton and Anna, and sure enough, they revealed they are an actual couple! Next, All Star Lex Ishimoto and Keaton performed a Kika Kljun Hip Hop number. Alexis then performed a stunning Contemporary piece with All Star Jason Glover. Robert Roldan choreographed another amazing piece that was the best of the night. Keaton performed a powerful solo, but Alexis had a better performance with hers. Finally, Alexis & Keaton performed a Brian Friedman piece that was another highlight of the night. There was another promo of next season’s auditions and then it was time for the audience to vote. In the end, Alexis was rightfully crowned America’s Favorite Dancer and will receive prize money of $100,000. What a great ending to a fantastic season!
JANE LYNCH TO DEPART FUNNY GIRL EARLY; LIZ McCARTNEY SET AS MRS. BRICE AHEAD OF TOVAH FELDSHUH
Emmy winner Jane Lynch has shifted her final performance date as Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway. The 2022 Emmy nominee will now take her final bow at the August Wilson Theatre on August 14. She was originally announced to play her final performance on September 4. Current standby Liz McCartney will take on the role from August 16 through September 4. Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will be play Mrs. Brice opposite Lea Michele as Fanny Brice beginning on September 6. McCartney has served as a standby for Mrs. Brice, Mrs. Strakosh, and Mrs. Meeker in Funny Girl since its opening. She has 11 Broadway credits to her name, including My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Funny Girl has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and a book by Isobel Lennart. Tony winner Harvey Fierstein revised the book for this revival production. Directed by Michael Mayer, the musical follows Fanny Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfield. While she was cheered on stage as a great comedian, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. The production features choreography by Ellenore Scott with tap choreography by Ayodele Casel.
TONY WINNER LILLIAS WHITE TO PLAY HERMES IN HADESTOWN ON BROADWAY
Tony winner Lillias White will take on the role of Hermes in the Tony-winning Hedestown musical at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on September 13. She will be the first female-identifying actor to play the role. White takes over the role from T. Oliver Reid, who will play his final performance on September 4. A Tony winner for The Life, White was seen as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago. She has appeared on Broadway in Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Fela! The musical, written by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, opened on Broadway on April 17, 2019 and tells the story of two intertwining mythic tales on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Hadestown won eight 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
CRYSTAL LUCAS-PERRY & CAROLEE CARMELLO SET FOR BROADWAY’S 1776
The Broadway musical revival of 1776 set to play at the American Airlines Theatre will begin performances on September 16 with opening night set for October 6. Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus co-direct the production which features music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone based on a concept by Edwards. Lucille Lortel Award Winner and Antonyo Award Nominee Crystal Lucas-Perry leads the company as John Adams in her Broadway debut. Three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello joins the cast as John Dickinson. She appeared as Abigail Adams in the 1997 Broadway revival of 1776. This revival features choreography by Page and marks the second Broadway revival. The first, a Tony-nominated 1997 mounting, was also produced by Roundabout. This revival will embark on a national tour in February 2023.
BROADWAY & SMASH SCRIBE THERESA REBECK BOARDS CINDI LAUPER-SCORED WORKING GIRL MUSICAL
Playwright Theresa Rebeck, known for creating the NBC series Smash as well as penning many plays, has joined the creative team of the Working Girl musical. This will be her first musical. She will step in for book writer Bridget Carpenter, joining Cyndi Lauper and director Christopher Ashley on the creative team. Rebeck’s work has been represented on Broadway with her plays Bernhardt/Hamlet, Dead Accounts, Seminar, and Mauritius. Her play Mad House is currently having its world premiere in London’s West End. The film Working Girl, directed by Mike Nichols, premiered in 1988 and went on to receive the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Working Girl featured Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Jeffrey Nordling, Olympia Dukakis, and David Duchovny.
Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders, starring Tony winner Audra McDonald will be the first show to play the newly renamed and renovated James Earl Jones Theatre, formerly known as the Cort Theatre, when it begins performances on November 11 ahead of opening on December 8. Tony winner Kenny Leon will direct… Actress Anne Heche is reportedly in extreme critical condition after a fiery car crash last weekend. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident…
GABY ALBO & SAMUEL GARNICA TO LEAD ON YOUR FEET! NATIONAL TOUR AS GLORIA & EMILIO ESTAFAN
Gaby Albo and Samuel Garnica will star in the national tour of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet! Directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, the tour will visit over 70 cities. Albo made her stage debut in A Chorus Line in Mexico followed by appearances in Aladdin, Cats, Mentiras, and the North American tour of West Side Story. In 2017, she was a semifinalist on The Voice in Mexico. A native of Venezuela, Garnica’s New York stage credits include The Laurel of Apollo, Foreign Exchange III, Bethlehem, Fuego en Granada, Clandestino, and Así Que Pasen 5 Años. On Your Feet! played Broadway’s Marquis Theatre November 2015 to August 2017 and features Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get On Your Feet, Don’t Want To Lose You Now, 1-2-3, and Coming Out of the Dark.
POSE STAR ANGELICA ROSS TO PLAY ROXIE HART IN CHICAGO ON BROADWAY
Screen star and human rights advocate Angelica Ross will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago, becoming the first openly trans woman to play a leading role on Broadway. Ross will take her first bow at the Ambassador Theatre on September 12 through November 6. Known for her role as Candy on Pose, Ross has appeared on American Horror Story: 1984 and Double Feature. She has executive produced and appeared in the Emmy-nominated web series King Ester and in the short film Missed Connections, which went on to be an official selection at the Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival, the La Femme International Film Festival, and the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. Chicago’s is choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, GREASE MOVIE ICON, DIES OF BREAST CANCER
Olivia Newton-John, best known to theatre fans as the star of the 1978 film adaptation of the musical, Grease, passed away at home after a 30-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 73. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease earned her a Golden Globe nomination as Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. This film’s best-selling soundtrack featured the duets You’re The One That I Want and Summer Nights, with Travolta, and her mega hit, Hopelessly Devoted To You. Grease remains the most successful movie musical in history. With more than 100 million albums sold, Newton-John’s accolades include four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music, American Music, and People’s Choice Awards, ten #1 hits including Physical, (which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks as the #1 single of the ‘80s), and over 15 top 10 singles.
Actress Jennifer Butt has died at age 64. Jennifer originated the role of Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables on Broadway in 1987, a role she later reprised on tour. She also appeared in The Women on Broadway in 2001. She played Jellylorum on the first national tour of Cats. Jennifer appeared on the small screen in The Client, Beverly Hills 90210, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Providence, The Ransom of Red Chief, Howie Mandel’s Sunny Skies, and more… Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton celebrated seven on Broadway on August 6. The musical can also be viewed on Disney+. Currently led by Miguel Cervantes in the title role, the production grossed $2,219,057 and reached 101.14% capacity last week…