Broadening Your Horizons

Auditions are stressful enough as it is. But adding in the prospect of putting ourselves out there overseas is even more daunting. We are very fortunate in the States to have the dance scene that we do. But it can be easy to get stuck in the bubble and neglect the possibilities abroad, especially in … Read more

Dancers, PLEASE Stretch Your Knees!

So it’s audition photoshoot season right now, and I wanted to just take a moment to talk about a common issue we seem to have with dancers in my studio: Knees!!! You would be surprised at how often we pause a photo shoot to talk basics. Lately, the biggest offender in over 50% of my … Read more

For Photographers: Dancer Headshot Do’s and Don’ts

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It’s that season again when all dance photographers go crazy with audition photos. Whether it is for summer intensives, college applications, or company auditions, headshots, arabesques and body shots could be required.  Submission deadlines are approaching soon, so here we go! I have photographers asking me about headshots all the time. Most commonly, they want … Read more

Do you know what it takes to be a really good dance photographer?

 If you answered this question by saying that knowing how or when to freeze the action or knowing how to light dancers you’d be on par with most photographers who shoot dancers. If you mentioned knowing how to interact with dancers, networking, and ‘creating your style’ or ‘brand’ you’d belong to the second biggest set … Read more

Dance Marketing. Let's go!

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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 producing, only leaving … Read more

Video Launch: Audition and Marketing Videos from Rachel Neville

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our video audition and marketing series for dancers.  Episode 1 is available now and we are busy putting together a library of videos with tips for launching and managing the dance career you have been working so hard to build. Check out Episode 1 now and learn all about the … Read more

Dance Audition Photo Shoot Lessons from Dancer Laura Anne Wallace

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Recently, Laura Anne Wallace came into the Long Island City studio for dance audition photos.  We had a great photo shoot and afterwards had the chance to talk about what the dance audition photo shoot experience was like for Laura Anne, what her dance goals are, and what advice she has to share with her … Read more

Why You Don't Look Like Yourself in Photos – And What to Do

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Have you ever wondered why your pictures don’t really look like you thought you looked in the studio or on stage? Have you ever been in a photoshoot with a pro or a friend, looked at the screen on the phone, the back of the camera or on the computer and thought ‘wow that’s not what … Read more

Fall NYC Dance Audition and Image Workshop with Dance Photographer Rachel Neville

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After successful dance marketing workshops this summer in NYC and San Francisco, I am pleased to announce that the fall edition of my workshop is now accepting applicants. Alexander Mays, Photo Rachel Neville Join me Saturday, November 21st, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at my Long Island City dance photography studio (25-19 Borden Ave Suite 216 Long … Read more

The Techniques You Need Now for Successful Auditions and Dance Careers

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Summers here, let’s rejoice! As July and August shoot dates start to book up I’m thinking more and more about new strategies for helping my auditioning dancers to stand out this next season. I want nothing more than for you all to be successful, and success takes planning. We all know that a dancer doesn’t … Read more