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    Wesla's More

    "Kids don't want to hear about me," Wesla Whitfield says of the many students she's been teaching for the past four years at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif.

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    Narrating vs. Announcing

    To discuss the differences between narrating and announcing, I went to Randy Thomas, one of America's most recognizable female voices.

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    Clicks and Tricks

    If your interest in dance books tends toward the visual or the practical, you may want to check out the latest crop. It includes two artsy photography books, one about social dancing and the other featuring photos by Mikhail Baryshnikov (yes -- by, not of).

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    Ear Training With Bruce Arnold

    The ability to accurately hear and analyze music is one of the hallmarks of a great musician. Most music students develop it through ear training. But traditional methods can leave them frustrated when they try to apply the concepts they've learned to actual music.

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    Agnes Is at It Again

    "Agnes de Mille's work represents an important period of American choreography that has been lost," says choreographer Liza Gennaro, daughter of Broadway and television choreographer Peter Gennaro. "What she did in terms of movement innovation and finding a movement language for a character is something you rarely see in ...

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    Dating Famous

    She bats her perfectly mascara'd eyelashes, as if she'd been planning this moment her whole life. She then asks my boyfriend for his autograph. Great. Models are fighting over my boyfriend. Right in between the cookbooks and self-help.

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    Instincts

    I finally drummed up the courage to ask him what I really wanted to know: Why he had cast me out of all the dozens of young women he'd seen at the casting calls. "Because you were the only one who trusted yourself in the audition," he said.

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    Intimate Acting

    Just like fashion and car design, commercial styles have changed over the decades. And since 1953, the year of the first Screen Actors Guild commercials contract, actors have been adapting.

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    Northern Exposers

    Casting directors Kathy Mooney and Janet Pound came together last May to form Michigan's Pound & Mooney Casting. Their credits include the Michigan casting for Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino and the upcoming films Whip It!, directed by Drew Barrymore; Youth in Revolt, starring Michael Cera; Demoted, with Sean Astin ...

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    Replacing in a Role

    Actors replace other actors in long-running shows in a variety of circumstances, most of them fraught in one way or another. Some actors follow the role's originator, others have to play iconic characters, and still others must tackle particularly difficult parts.