A couple of Sundays in October I had the opportunity to work with several dancers in NYC and some wonderful dance wear companies to shoot for my leotard guide. A big thanks goes out to all those who donated their time, I hope a good time was had by all and that you enjoy your pics!
Marketing. It’s a vague, distant word for many dancers, something that companies and corporations do, right? Not any more. So many businesses and dance companies fail every year (the statistics are pretty depressing so we won’t go there). I have a hunch that often this has to do with more energy and resources allocated to … Read more
Updated 2018 Now, I’d like to stress that we are not advertising for anyone, and we are not getting paid by anyone to push their products. This is a list of remedies and trending products that we have researched for clients, found through the dancers and vendors we’ve worked with, or have sourced as a … Read more
The audition photo bookings are coming in and we are moving into high gear for the height of dance audition photo shoot season. Let’s get right to the point, then! I get so many questions about dance auditions and marketing for dance companies and for dancers at all phases of their careers. You know me, I’m highly … Read more
I hope that those of you who have downloaded my Leotard Guide are finding it helpful. Here is a quick excerpt that focuses on the trick to finding the balance for your hip-to-shoulder ration. Balance is key when it comes to getting a good photo in the right leotard. Request your own free copy of … Read more
I’m thrilled to announce that the Rachel Neville Leotard Buying Guide 2013 is now available. 14 volunteer dancers and 5 dance wear companies, helpful information, photos, advice and more. The 2013 Leotard Buying Guide is ready for you, just in time for audition photo shoots, auditions and (ahem) the holidays! The Leotard Buying Guide is … Read more
For the last few weeks I’ve been starting work on a new, much more extensive Leotard Buying Guide. Over the last several years I’ve realized that I spend a significant amount of time with my clients talking about leotard styles, colors and what looks best for their individual body shape/type. We talk about what to … Read more
I wanted to blog this week about my shoot with Emma Powers, a dancer who came to New York over the holidays from Oregon Ballet Theatre to shoot as well as take classes and see some family members in Philly.
Throughout this post series I’ve talked quite a bit about what you want the company director/viewer of your audition images to know about you in the very few seconds they have to look at your images. It’s not just enough to give a sense of your line and body shape, what your facilities are, but that you give a sense of who you are as a dancer, what you can offer and bring to their work/company/choreography.
I think Emma really was able to nail it in our shoot. In particular she was able to make her facial expression and personality shine, through her choices in color/style, and what she brought to the shoot in her manner and being. The shot in particular of a simple passé is one of my favorites this season: it’s simple, delicate, and while it doesn’t express the traditional tricks and leg height it really speaks to her love of her work and her joy in movement.