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    1 Exercise to Beat Insecurity

    Movement coach and Backstage Expert Erika Shannon knows that insecurity is a beast—but she has one amazing, easy trick to help overcome your fears and maintain a positive attitude!

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    15 Reasons You Were Born to Be a Dancer

    Being a dancer takes poise, self-awareness, and a ton of hard work. Good thing you were born with a fiery passion for the art of choreography!

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    The Unexpected Dance Style Influencing the Rockettes’ Newest Show

    Choreographer Mia Michaels is bringing a new aesthetic to the traditional Rockettes performance as director of the “New York Spectacular.”

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    How to Become a Dancer

    Like any pursuit in the arts, dancing takes hard work and dedication. To get you started, here are some basic tips.

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    How the Current Fiddler Nailed His First Broadway Audition

    Making his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated “Fiddler on the Roof” revival, Jesse Kovarsky shares how he prepared for—and subsequently nailed—his first Broadway audition.

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    Top Dance Studios in NYC

    New York dancers rejoice! Whether you’re looking for Broadway training, contemporary or ballet, salsa or African, the area’s plethora of dance studios and classes are as diverse as the Big Apple itself.

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    5 Audition Tips From the ‘SYTYCD’ Judges

    Backstage attended auditions for the 13th season of “So You Think You Can Dance” to find out what the judges are looking for in performances, and how this year’s dancers, ages 8–13, are holding up under the pressure.

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    7 Things Your Dance Partner Will Thank You For

    Technical skill is great when it comes to partnered dancing—but there’s a lot more to sharing moves than just rhythm and flair. According to Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call), there are also seven basic requirements to working with someone else body to body ...

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    6 Perks of Being a Broadway Dance Captain

    Associate choreographer and dance captain of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock” shares why you definitely want a job like his!

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    9 Questions With...Keenan Kampa

    As the first American to join Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, Keenan Kampa is now making moves onto the big screen with “High Strung.” Kampa tells us about her fight to be cast, her dream dance partner, and why her peers have called her “White Chocolate.”