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How to: Survive a Dance Call

In this new HOW TO series on Bloody Hell Brennan, I’ll be occasionally sharing my vast wisdom about the showbiz industry, hopefully passing on useful tips to fellow performers. In this first  one, I examine How To Survive a Dance Call.

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The phone rings. It’s your agent. ‘FINALLY,’ you think, ‘IT’S NOW! MY BIG BREAK I S FAST APPROACHING.’

“You’ve got an audition tomorrow at 11am. It’s for the West-End show you’ve dreamt of being in ever since you were in the womb.”
“OMGGREATAMAZINGTHANKYOUSOMUCH I’M GONNA BE MARIUS/ELPHABA/SIMBA/MISS SAIGONNNNN [delete as appropriate]”
“It’s at Pineapple. Oh, and the first round will be a dance call.”

KADUNG. That’s the sound of your heart and hopes falling apart quicker than a Primark handbag. As an actor/singer, I know, dance calls are the WORST. So here’s how to survive one if you’re not *technically* a dancer.

  • DANCE CALL VS MOVEMENT CALL
    Dance calls = strong dancers. Movement calls = strong actors/singers. If you’re a little bit ahem, choreographically challenged, you’ll probably be in for what they describe as a MOVEMENT call. Now, regardless