The Year-Long Audition

Artistic directors who hire straight from cattle calls are becoming an increasingly rare breed. Today, networking and building connections before the audition have become the far more common routes to a job. But how do you do that successfully? Our sister publication Dance Magazine has a great story this month with advice from five directors on how dancers can take charge. Dwight Rhoden, co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet tells writer Elena Hecht, "I like proactive dancers, people who go for what they want. I prefer them to be really frank, just kind of blunt...I like to know exactly how they feel."