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Dancers Of Tomorrow
You admire dancers. The way they move and spin. Their grasp of rhythm. Their grace. Youíve been taking dance classes for as long as you can remember. Now, you want to take it to the next level and become a professional dancer.
There are many things a professional dancer can do and it all depends which type of dance you specialize in. You can become a performance ballet dancer and go to auditions to land parts. You can join a dance group. You can take up popular dance and be in music videos. And these are just a few examples.
Here is more information on what you need to know to become a dancer.
Choose a focus. Which kinds of dance do you like the best? You can either choose to be a specialist or a generalist. If your sole purpose is to be a belly dancer, or a ballet dancer, for example, then there is no need for you to learn jazz or hip hop dancing. However, if you want to be in musicals, you may need to learn some general skills.
Set goals. This is an important step for any career. Here is where you define exactly what kind of dancer you want to be and what it will take to get there. Be as specific as possible when setting these goals. Goals are your roadmap. If you donít bother to do this, you run the danger of not achieving your dream.
Take classes. In the beginning, the most important thing you can do is learn new skills and get in shape. Dancers have toned, flexible bodies. This one trait is common no matter which type of dance you decide to pursue. Take as many classes as you want. The more skills you learn, the better.
Practice makes perfect. Even when you arenít taking classes, make sure you practice each day. Practice your moves as long as you can, for at least an hour. (Or more if you have the time). Even if you canít squeeze in an hour of practice time, do something each day. A big part of this business is going to auditions and getting parts. Youíll have an advantage if you practice as much as possible.
Perform and audition. As mentioned, a big part of this business is to go to auditions and land parts. But, there is also another aspect. You can certainly take it upon yourself to get business. For example, if you are a belly dancer, you would go through the same process bands do to land a gig in a restaurant or club. And, if it has been a while between jobs, donít let your performance skills get rusty. Find reasons to get up in front of people. You donít want to let your stage presence skills get rusty.
Go to school. If you are truly serious about performing dance for a living, you may want to attend a performing arts high school and/or university. This is not a necessary step for success, but the opportunities you will have while in school can be very helpful. Teachers no doubt have connections and you will be presented with plenty of opportunities to perform and hone your craft.
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