Category Archive: Guidance

On Moving To LA: 3 Crucial Keys To Succeed – Cat Rendic

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From Santiago, Chile, then New York to LA, Cat has earned an established reputation as a successful dancer in the commercial industry. Having toured with Shakira and Britney Spears, and also worked with artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Beyonce, Pitbull, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, and many, many more, she offers these words of wisdom to other aspiring dancers.

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On Moving To LA: 7 Keys To A Dancer’s Success – JC Ryan Carrier

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JC Ryan Carrier from New Hampshire moved to LA to pursue dance, and has worked with Lady Gaga, Lil Kim, Keyshia Cole, Ricky Martin, Ceelo Green, Ke$ha, and Jason Derulo to name a few. Currently expanding into choreography, JC is always striving to grow as an artist, and gives us his top 7 important keys to success.

On Moving To LA: 3 Questions To Consider – Jian Pierre-Louis

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After winning a role in the prestigious Monsters Of Hip Hop show, Jian faithfully and steadily climbed the ladder of success, having worked with some of today’s top artists: Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, etc. From scholarship winner to renowned instructor to touring professional, Jian continues setting his mark in the industry and gives us 3 important thoughts to consider on pursuing the dance dream.

Pursuing The Industry: Plan vs. Persistence – Natalie Gilmore

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Natalie Gilmore, dancer since age 5 and LA resident since 2005, has earned a reputation through her hard work, diligence, and positive mindset. Having worked for artists such as Jay Sean, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne, and most recently Justin Timberlake, she has much insight to offer aspiring dancers.

Hip Hop Audition Wardrobe For Girls 

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Prepping for an audition, and have no idea what to wear?! For girls, getting ready for an audition can be a stressful ordeal. You want to look the part, you want to stand out, but you still want to keep your identity and stay true to you.

A Rollercoaster Called “The Audition”

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Ever wondered what it feels like to audition?! Dancers spend much of their time attending auditions to land a job–just like going to an interview! Here is a personal account of the auditioning experience from a dancer’s point of view. Written by April Rodriguez.

Why Wait For Opportunities When You Can Create Your Own? Advice From Gigi

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“Stay Relevant. Grind & Hustle on a Daily. Manage your Time.”

9 Terms And Agreements For International Dance Instructors

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If you’re planning your own teaching jobs in other countries, protect yourself from misunderstandings by being clear on the following:

“Dancers Who Don’t Dance For Artists, Don’t Matter.”

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I won’t mention who said this or where I heard it (you might be able to guess that it came from someone who does dance for artists) but as someone who’s rarely danced for artists and lives… Continue reading

Hobby vs. Profession

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We live in a generation of self-made stars.  Look on YouTube and you’ll find dancers, singers, make-up artists, actors, comedians, directors… all of them with high hopes to share their talents and to… Continue reading

“I Really Want To Look Cleaner … Do You Have Any Tips On How I Could Improve?” -Advice From Kyle

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tyreshaa-deactivated20120129 asked: Hi Kyle (: I’ve been dancing on and off for a few years now, but I really want to look cleaner and have a more defined, unique style of my own.… Continue reading

“When I’m In Groups… I Get Super Nervous.. I Dont Know What To Do” -Advice From Kyle

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jdotwright asked: Hi Kyle, I’m hoping you can give me some advice. When I’m in groups at the end of class I get super nervous. If I look up or straight ahead I forget the choreo…but then I don’t look confident and that almost seems worse. I don’t know what to do.

5 Ways To Stay Positive In The Dance Industry

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1. Seek and create genuine friendships. No, not for the sake of networking, but to build a network of support in a very unpredictable world. 2. Keep your negative voices quiet. It’s easy to give in, but negativity will cripple you . Welcome experiences with open arms and an open mind… as much as possible.

“The Best Version Of Me” – Kyle Hanagami

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Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of comments these days. Why is everyone saying things now like “That’s not dance” and “you can’t dance unless you can groove” or “that’s not hip hop”. I don’t understand why everyone is such a critic these days. I’ll be the first person to admit when I don’t know about a certain style or genre of dance, but I will also be the first person to ask about it so I can learn…