Starting Your Career as a Dancer

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In Starting Your Career as a Dancer, author Mande Dagenais explains what it really takes to get into the business, be in the business, and survive in the business. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts as a dancer, teacher, choreographer/director, and producer, Dagenais offers insider advice and shares her vast knowledge while answering questions asked by professionals and beginners alike. Aspiring dancers will learn about different markets, venues, and types of work for ...

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Overview

In Starting Your Career as a Dancer, author Mande Dagenais explains what it really takes to get into the business, be in the business, and survive in the business. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts as a dancer, teacher, choreographer/director, and producer, Dagenais offers insider advice and shares her vast knowledge while answering questions asked by professionals and beginners alike. Aspiring dancers will learn about different markets, venues, and types of work for dancers, and what to expect from a dancing job, while experienced dancers will appreciate helpful tips on where and how to find work, business management, and career transition. Covering topics ranging from audition dos and don’ts to injury prevention, this is absolutely the most comprehensive and practical guide you will find to the dancer’s profession.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581159066
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Series: Starting Your Career Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 390,188
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mande Dagenais is a seven-time award-winning author. Her work as a choreographer, director, and producer has been appreciated by millions of people around the world. With over seventy stage shows to her credit, she has received accolades from some of the industry’s most discriminating critics and performers. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Lou Paciocco xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Born to Dance-Turning Dreams into Goals into Commitments 1

Chapter 2 Inspiration-Trusting Personal Heroes and Mentors 11

Chapter 3 Triple Threat-Training + Versatility = Options 25

Chapter 4 Dancing for a Degree-To College or Not to College? 37

Chapter 5 Leave Your Attitude Where It Belongs-At the Door! 51

Chapter 6 Markets and Venues-Where and How to Find a Gig 57

Chapter 7 The Audition-What It Takes to Get the Gig 83

Chapter 8 It's Showtime, Folks!-Let the Fun Begin 97

Chapter 9 Fit to Dance-You Are What You Eat 107

Chapter 10 Let's Get Physical-Injury Recognition and Prevention 125

Chapter 11 In Perfect Balance-Mind Over Matter 145

Chapter 12 No More Starving Artist-The Business of Being in "the Biz" 151

Chapter 13 United We Stand-Union or Non-Union? 185

Chapter 14 Money Makes the World Go 'Round-You Are Your Business 195

Chapter 15 Life after the Stage-Career Transitions 211

Chapter 16 The Grand Finale-Summary 259

Afterword 267

Contact Information 271

About the Author 273

Special Contributors 275

References 277

Index 279

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Dancers and performing artists - you must own this book!

    Look no further, if you are interested in a career in dance and the performing arts you absolutely need this book! I just finished reading Starting Your Career as a Dancer. As an ex dance teacher and professional dancer this book would have been a tremendous and invaluable tool for myself and my students! Mande covers the business of dance and aspects of show business that one can only know through experience. She shares her extensive knowledge and insider look at the reality of this business... A must!

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