Auditions: Part 2

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Yes, your job as a dancer is to perform, but to get there, the first step is to attend an audition. Your audition is what constitutes whether or not you get work. Essentially part of your job is that audition. On this episode, with our guests Liz Picini and Elle-May Patterson, we talk about what happens during an audition. How early do you get to an audition? How do I prepare for an audition? What's going to make me stand out? How do I deal with the pressure of an audition and still show them I'm an awesome dancer? We touch on all these questions in this episode of Auditions: Part 2 of Beyond the Mirror.

More About Our Speakers...

Lizz Picini moved to New York City just one week after graduating from Towson University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. After completing the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester she began actively training and working at Broadway Dance Center while assisting various choreographers. She now has the privilege of teaching at Broadway Dance Center. She is represented by Clear Talent Group in New York City and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. Lizz is thrilled to be playing the Girl-in- the-Green- Dress/Dance Captain/Associate Choreographer at The Wick Theatre’s upcoming production of Singin’ in the Rain. Additionally, some of Lizz’s favorite past roles include Tess in Crazy For You, Gertie Cummings/Dance Captain inOklahoma! and Dawn/Dance Captain in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, all at Merry-Go- Round Playhouse. Lizz also served as the Associate Choreographer, while playing the role of Ruth, in Ogunquit Playhouse’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other performing credits include Disney’s world premiere musical When You Wish at Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Beauty and the Beast and Sister Actalso at Tuacahn Amphitheatre, On The Town at Merry-Go- Round Playhouse, and West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse. On the creative side, Lizz served as Associate Choreographer to Richard J. Hinds at Merry-Go- Round Playhouse’s 2017 season opener, Guys and Dolls, as well as Assistant Choreographer to Molly Smith (Dir.) and Parker Esse (Chor.) at Glimmerglass Opera House’s season opener, Oklahoma!

Elle-May was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She then went on to complete a BA (Hons) degree for Musical Theatre at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. For the last two years, Elle May has been living and working in New York City. Recent credits include Cabaret, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Elton John’s ‘Life Ball’ in Vienna, Austria, The MTV Video Music Awards, and a dancer with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. She was recently the Assistant Choreographer to the renowned duo ‘The Squared Division’ for the first season of Asia’s Got Talent, and filmed Rachelle Rak’s new pilot series ‘The Collaborators’ in New York. Additionally, she played "Kylie" in the AFI Award winning film "The Black Balloon" and has appeared in several television commercials.

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