Hard work and dedication are extremely important on the road to becoming a successful dancer, but there are a few secret ingredients that will also help. Most dancers know that their technique must be perfected with intense training through out their young life, but there are other areas that must also be developed so that a dancer can stand out from the rest. Often times, these little enhancers can mean the difference in booking a job or being passed up for someone else. Technique alone will not be enough to succeed. Dancers must be the full package and with that comes more than just dance.
Stage Presence is one of the most important tools in a dancer’s kit and yet, one of the biggest secrets to success in becoming a working dancer. To develop good stage presence, it is important for dancers to take classes in such areas as musical theatre, drama, acting, etc. Dancers, after all, are also required to be actors on stage. Choreography is meant to evoke a particular feeling in the audience whether it is sad and emotional or energetic and happy. Many dancers will concentrate so much on their dance technique, that they neglect working on their stage presence technique and will then have trouble finding work. Often times, a dancer with better stage presence than technique will be chosen over the dancer with better technique than stage presence.
One of the hardest things for a dancer to do, is to get lost in the characters that they are portraying so it is of great importance that these skills are developed just as much as technique so that the ultimate goal of becoming a professional dancer can be achieved. The term “triple threat” is used a lot in the performing arts world and it definitely brings an advantage to becoming a working performer. Even if a dancer prefers a career strictly in dance, it is helpful to be able to sing and act also in order to be successful. It is not enough just to go out on dance auditions as the competition is fierce and if a dancer wants to be able to build a career in performing, they must broaden their resume. Taking voice classes will also help boost confidence on stage and that confidence can be an advantage when trying to master an audition.
Audition technique is also very important. Being professional and not letting nerves take over the audition can be a difficult skill to develop. It is important to take classes from instructors that have been professional performers at some point so that they can share their audition experiences. Dancers must be proactive in getting as much information from their instructors and choreographers as possible. The hunger and desire to learn and seek out information is necessary in becoming a successful dancer and will help in being set apart from the pack. Audition technique classes may be found by themselves or in a combination with stage presence or acting classes.
Meditation can be a beneficial secret tool in becoming a great dancer. Maybe not in the traditional sense, but it is important for dancers to have an opportunity each day to take a step inside themselves to let go of any fears and uncertainties holding them back. It helps them get in touch with themselves and find ways to bring out certain emotions that can then be brought to the stage. Taking yoga a few times a week and concluding the class with some meditation exercises can really help in developing stage presence by getting in touch with the character in the choreography along with helping in flexibility and posture. Seeking out classes in areas outside of just dance can bring a lot more dimension to a thriving performer.
The final secret to becoming a successful dancer is to take as many classes as possible with a variety of instructors and professionals. Dance styles can vary so much and it is a great advantage to be able to train with different instructors in a variety of styles.
Training should not be just during school months, but should be maintained throughout the summer. The summer is the best time to get a lot of training as it can be done on a full time basis without competing for time with school responsibilities. Dancers that dream of becoming professional performers, may want to consider an alternative education that can offer a flexible academic schedule allowing them more time to work on their craft and even gain opportunities that other dancers in a traditional school setting do not have. This type of dedication and sacrifice can make a world of difference on the path to becoming a successful dancer.
Dancer’s Gallery is a Dance Studio in Cooper City that is proud to offer everything a dancer needs to become a professional. The annual summer intensive program is the perfect addition to the summer line-up for those serious about a career in dance. CAST: Career in the Arts School of Talent is also available to students in grades 5-12 and is located in Cooper City which is in the heart of Broward County and between Miami and Palm Beach. CAST offers a full time and complete performing arts training utilizing a virtual school program for academics. This schedule allows a tremendous amount of flexibility so that students can take advantage of opportunities by professional dancers in a professional state-of-the-art environment. It is a program like no other and is sure to help dancers begin a professional career in performing arts. For more information call Dancer’s Gallery at 954-437-9910 and visit: www.dancersgallery.com or stop by: 12323 SW 55th St. Unit 1010, Cooper City, Florida 33330.