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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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.

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    1 Thing You Must Do After a Bad Audition

    Backstage Expert Erika Shannon lucked out on her first day in NYC with three dance auditions—until the last audition went horribly wrong.

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    5 Key Tips to Your Next Dance Audition

    Dance auditions may seem more intimidating than acting auditions for "non-dancers," but Backstage Expert Erika Shannon's tips might help take some of the anxiety out of them.

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    Do Child Actors Even Need an Agent?

    With so many opportunities available to savvy young performers, an agent might not even be necessary to the team. Backstage Expert Denise Simon explains when the time is right to bring one onboard.

  • News

    WATCH: Jimmy Fallon and Dakota Johnson Play ‘The Acting Game’

    Check out “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson and Jimmy Fallon have fun with this hilarious improv game!

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    Should Child Actors Be on Social Media?

    Should child actors have a social media presence, or does that put them in the path of predators? Backstage Expert and acting coach Denise Simon explains when it's appropriate for a young performer to be on social media.

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    Should a Child Actor Get Braces?

    Braces are often a necessary evil—but will they prevent working child actors from continuing to book work? Backstage Expert Denise Simon weighs in on when it's time to visit the orthodontist.