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  • Advice

    2 Quick Fixes for Dance Audition Jitters

    Nerves can overcome anyone and derail even the audition for which you prepped extensively. Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call) shares a few tips and tricks to relax enough so that you can put all that pre to good use!

  • News

    The DC Tap Fest Is Back for Another Year

    Sisters Chloé and Maud Arnold started the DC Tap Festival to unite the tap dance community, as well as teach and showcase the art of tap. The eighth annual event is happening March 17–20.

  • Interview

    6 Ways SITI Company Produces Impeccable Performers

    Two members of the ensemble-and-movement-based theater company tell Backstage how collaborators can survive—and thrive—in the performing arts world.

  • Advice

    21 Bag and Smartphone Essentials for Dancers

    All dancers have one thing in common: They need a fully stocked dance bag for the everyday and the unexpected. In addition to the standard necessities of wallet, cellphone (plus charger!), and keys, here are some other essentials.

  • Advice

    3 Simple Stretches to Increase Flexibility

    Staying flexible is important—and not just in the way you think about your work and career. That’s why we asked Backstage Expert Erika Shannon to demonstrate a few simple stretches to keep us all loose and ready to dance!

  • Advice

    The 1 Most Important Dance Class Everyone Should Take

    According to Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call), there’s no more powerful tool for building a dance career than ballet. So whether you think a barre is for happy hour or you can already plié like Margot Fonteyn, find a class that will help you ...

  • Interview

    The ‘How’ of Bringing Dance to a TV Drama

    If you didn’t see the Feb. 3 episode of the ABC drama “American Crime,” you missed a notable development in the history of dance on television. We talk to the Texas-based choreographers who incorporated dance into the network’s emotionally moving narrative.

  • Advice

    3 Exercises Anyone Can Do at Home

    Sometimes making it to the gym or class can be impossible. That’s no excuse for not keeping fit, though, especially when working out can be as simple as one, two, three! Backstage Expert Erika Shannon shares three simple, effective exercises you can do in the comfort of your own ...

  • Advice

    4 Moves Even Non Dancers Can Master

    Not every dance audition will require a full-on tap solo, and Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call) is here to demonstrate a few basic steps that can help even those with two left feet navigate their next dance call.

  • Advice

    What to Wear to a Dance Audition

    Backstage Expert and movement coach Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call) weighs in on what you should (and shouldn’t!) wear to a movement audition in this new Set the Scene video.