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  • Advice

    1 Quick Post-Rehearsal Stretch

    Backstage Expert Erika Shannon (Don’t Dodge the Dance Call) shows you a quick stretch that will help keep you in tip-top shape after auditions and rehearsals.

  • News

    WATCH: Talented Kids Audition for Ellentube’s First Original Series

    Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellentube is entering new terrain with its first original series “tWitch and Allison’s Dance Challenge,” a competitive series spotlighting young dancers that’s hosted by the Ellen Show’s resident DJ Stephen Boss, a.k.a. tWitch, and his wife Allison Holker.

  • Advice

    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!