"Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham
In Starting Your Career a a Dancer (Allworth Press), author Mande Dagenais explains what it really takes to get into the business, be in the business, and survive in the business. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts industry as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, director, and producer, Dagenais offers insider advice and shares her vast knowledge while answering questions asked by professionals and beginners alike.
Starting Your Career as a Dancer is a book for new and seasoned dancers of any style. This career bible radiates inspiration while dishing practical advice on everything from gigs to nutrition to finances.
Other topics include:
- Different markets, venues, and types of work for dancers
- Audition do's and dont's
- What to expect from a dancing job
- Injury prevention
- Psychical conditioning
- Business management
- Career transition
Mande Dagenais has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Silver IPPY Award in Performing Arts. Her work as a choreographer, director, and producer has been appreciated by millions of people around the world. With over seventy stage shows to her credit—including ten years of performances at the famed La Cage Aux Folles Los Angeles—she has received accolades from some of the industry's most discriminating critics and performers.