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    How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Audition Today

    Minimize the stress of an audition day by preparing beforehand. The best ways to prepare for an audition in advance include packing your bag the night before, geting a good night's sleep—and a few other things that come highly recommended by Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge ...

  • Advice

    10 Dance Conservatories to Consider for College

    Dance is your calling, and you’re ready to pirouette into a higher level of education. Where should you go?

  • Advice

    Important Stretches for Any Dancer

    Yes, stretching can be deeply dull and the most obvious thing to skip over. But it’s also one of the most vital aspects of any physical activity—particularly dancing in an audition situation. That’s why we asked Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call) to ...

  • 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.