In the Fall of 2018, A4D’s Karma Stylz came across a flyer on Central Casting that caught his eye. It was a dancer call for a brand new show on FX centered around the New York Ballroom Vogue Scene.
Knowing he was perfect for the project, Karma began 'playing detective' to find all the inside information. Who were the choreographers? Talent coordinators? Head of casting? This wasn’t as simple as it seemed, since the new show was POSE and Ryan Murphy was heading the project. But that didn’t stop Karma from chasing his dream booking.
Karma picks up the story from here.
'I emailed a professional, but personal letter from my heart. I shared my REAL LIFE contribution and affiliation with the New York Vogue Ballroom scene. Since the show would be centered around the original style of Vogue, I felt It wouldn’t be right for an outsider to represent my community on film. So I did everything in my power to get booked!
I submitted my headshots, a few eye-catching photos, my updated Performance Reel, and included footage to reflect exactly what they were looking for! I wanted in and I promised myself I would do it!
Weeks went by and then I received a text from a Pose Season 1 Choreographer, Danielle Polanco. She let me know I was booked for Season 1!'
But that’s not the end of Karma’s dream story...
When it was time to cast Pose Season 2, The Wonder Woman ... The Queen of Vogue was now the head choreographer. How amazing since Leiomy Maldonado is also Karma’s friend.
And then something magical happened. Another life-changing message.
Leiomy: ‘Hey Luv, Can you choreograph an Oldway Vogue Routine for the Pose Marketing TV Commercial?’
'And of course, I said “YASSSS” because that's what I do every day!'
The commercial shoot and what happened next.
'The Marketing Promo turned out so well that they asked me to come back to appear on Season 2 to play the role of 'Corey' ... You’ll find out more about Corey when Season 2 begins on FX on Tuesday, June 11!
As a dancer, this opportunity means everything! Especially because I’ve been booking jobs on my own since I arrived in NYC in 2015! I moved from Texas to New York, and in just 3 years I’ve found myself on a Time Square Billboard, working with Major Brands, to now seeing my choreography and artistry on TV screens across the world!'
Karma's final thoughts.
'I dreamed about this moment since I was 6 years old when I made a decision to NEVER GIVE UP AT ANY COST and that's just what I did! The major lesson I’ve learned is to be steadfast, unmovable, and faithful to yourself and your craft! If Dance is your story, if it’s really your language, if it’s the thing that brings LIFE to you... honor and cherish that first! The rest will follow.'
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New York City is synonymous with theater and the performing arts. Dance, in all of its forms, has long been a mainstay of its culture. With all of the dance studios to choose from, the task of finding a reliable instructor in a particular price range can be as difficult as learning ballet. This list is from a regular CBS News-New York series, “The Best Of” and features what they have named The Best Dance Studios in New York City. We were thrilled that answers4dancers.com was named on the list! Use this image to read more.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: SEASON 16 PREMIERE RECAP The premiere episode of So You Think You Can Dance Season 16 did not disappoint. This year, all of the auditions took place in Hollywood, with the contestants traveling to Los Angeles for tryouts instead of the show visiting different cities. There’s a new set featuring 120 cameras that can freeze the action. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy have returned along with two new judges. Welcome to Laurieann Gibson who has choreographed for Lady Gaga, Nikki Minaj, and Katy Perry. D-Trix Sandoval (better known to SYTYCD fans as Dominick) was a former contestant, winner on America’s Best Dance Crew, and a guest judge. Featured this week were hip hop dancer Dezi Saenz, 18, from Long Beach, California. In her Cat Deeley interview, she seemed meek and mild, but she turned into a beast when she performed. We met Matthew DeLouch, a 20-year old contemporary dancer from Gonzales, Louisiana. He had auditioned for Season 14, but tore his meniscus and had to take off 6 months from dance. He’s back and even stronger. A favorite of the night was Sarah ‘Smac’ McCreanor, a 26-year old jazz dancer from Brisbane, Australia. She had a quirky, comedic dance style and the judges thought she was the Lucille Ball of Dance. Finally Gino Cosculluela, an 18-year old dancer from Miami, Florida who appeared on Dance Moms years ago. He performed with Maddie Ziegler and had his first kiss with her as part of the choreography. For sure he wasn't ready for that kiss, but now he’s ready to give SYTYCD a shot at the Top Ten according to the judges.
SUTTON FOSTER, AUDRA MCDONALD, BEN PLATT & MORE TO PRESENT AT THE 2019 TONY AWARDS Presenters have been announced for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Presenters will include two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (upcoming star of The Music Man, Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Tina Fey (Mean Girls), Audra McDonald (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots), 2019 Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (Kiss Me, Kate!), Sara Bareilles (Waitress), Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady), Samuel L. Jackson (The Mountaintop), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (To Kill a Mockingbird), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Laura Linney (My Name Is Lucy Barton, The Politician), Andrew Rannells (The Boys in the Band), and Michael Shannon (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune). Emmy and Tony winner James Corden will host for the second time. Upcoming Moulin Rouge! stars Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, and Danny Burstein have signed on to co-host the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards. The event will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, June 9 at Radio City Music Hall at 8:00pm. You can even follow the events of the evening on social media. @TheTonyAwards will be sharing behind-the-scenes updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter throughout the evening with live red carpet coverage kicking off at 5:30 pm ET.
TONY WINNER LENA HALL TO APPEAR IN MEATLOAF MUSICAL BAT OUT OF HELL Power-voiced Tony winner Lena Hall has been cast as Sloane in the upcoming New York City Center run of the Meat Loaf musical Bat Out of Hell. It will run from August 1 through September 8. Hall earned a Tony Award for her turn as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Her other Broadway credits include Kinky Boots, Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, and Cats. She will soon be seen on-screen in TNT's new series Snowpiercer. Bat Out of Hell features a book, music, and lyrics by Steinman, with direction by Jay Scheib, and choreography by Emma Portner. The show includes iconic songs including You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, and the title song.
LAURA BENANTI’S TURN AS ELIZA DOOLITTLE IN MY FAIR LADY TO RELEASE EP Broadway Records has announced the upcoming release of Songs from My Fair Lady, an EP of four new tracks from Lincoln Center Theater's celebrated revival of My Fair Lady featuring current star, Tony winner Laura Benanti, who replaced Tony-nominated original cast member Lauren Ambrose in October. The recording will capture Benanti's acclaimed renditions of four of Lerner and Loewe's signature songs including Wouldn't It Be Loverly, I Could Have Danced All Night, Just You Wait, and Show Me. This recording and the production's 2018 original cast recording was produced by David Lai and Ted Sperling. The special CD is now available online and on sale at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, where the production plays.
JIMMY SMAGULA JOINS THE NATIONAL TOUR OF LES MISÉRABLES Broadway alum Jimmy Smagula (Billy Elliot: The Musical, The Little Mermaid, The Full Monty, The Phantom of the Opera) will join the North American touring production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables as Monsieur Thénardier, beginning June 25 in Fort Worth, TX, at Bass Performance Hall. The tour completed a four-week run in Los Angeles on June 2, with engagements well into the 2019-20 season. The principal cast of the Les Misérables tour includes Nick Cartell as Jean Valjean, Josh Davis as Javert, Allison Guinn as Madame Thénardier, Mary Kate Moore as Fantine, Matt Shingledecker as Enjolras, Paige Smallwood as Éponine, Joshua Grosso as Marius, and Jillian Butler as Cosette. Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, Les Misérables has now been seen by more than 120 million people in 52 countries, and performed in 22 languages around the globe.
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and the company of TV Land's hit seriesYounger appeared at New York City’s 92nd Street Y on June 5 for a panel discussion with Sirius XM's Larry Flick, in advance of the series' season-five finale on June 12. Joining Foster at the event will be show creator Darren Star and fellow cast members Peter Hermann, Miriam Shor, Molly Bernard, Charles Michael Davis, Debi Mazar, and Nico Tortorella…
TONY NOMMED AIN’T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS TO LAUNCH NATIONAL TOUR The first national touring production of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will officially launch in Providence, Rhode Island in July 2020. The traveling production of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical will play more than 50 cities for more than 100 weeks. The musical follows The Temptations' journey, signature dance moves, and unmistakable harmonies. They had 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Ain't Too Proud is written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, and is choreographed by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.
BETTLEJUICE & KISS ME, KATE! SET CAST ALBUM RELEASE DATES The Tony Awards might not be until this Sunday, but Friday is the day when we'll all be able to listen to the new cast albums from a pair of Tony-nominated productions. The new musical Beetlejuice and the revival of Kiss Me, Kate! will hit earbuds with a digital release on June 7 ahead of a CD release on dates to be announced. Beetlejuice, which stars 2019 Tony nominee Alex Brightman and Sophia Ann Caruso, features a Tony-nominated score by Eddie Perfect. The classic Kiss Me, Kate!, starring 2019 Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase, is penned by Cole Porter. Don’t miss this chance to own a piece of Broadway you can listen to any time the mood hits!
BLUE MAN GROUP’S NEW SPEECHLESS TOUR TO DEBUT IN NORTH AMERICA Blue Man Group, owned by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, will debut their new tour, Speechless, on September 24 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The launch of the new tour marks the premiere of Blue Man Group in Los Angeles, the first of more than 50 cities around North America, including Fresno, Albuquerque, Tempe, San Antonio, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Appleton, Atlanta, and more. Under the helm of visionary director Jenny Koons, the world-renowned bald and blue trio embark on a fresh journey of discovery, the result of over 27 years spent observing humanity. Speechless will feature new and original compositions, invented instruments, and unexpected situations alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and profound absurdity.
Tickets for the Broadway premiere of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, starring Adrienne Warren, will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 7th through Ticketmaster. Tina - The Tina Turner Musical will open on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Preview performances begin on Saturday, October 12… Two-time Tony-winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera has announced a return run this fall to Feinstein's/54 Below from October 8-16. She will be joined by long-time music team of Michael Croiter, Gary Adler, and Jim Donica…
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HERSHEY, PA AUDITIONS - JUNE 8, 2019
For Holland America Line, Azamara Club Cruises, Halloween & Holiday Theme Park Contracts Dancers • Singer/Dancers • Singers Hershey School of Dance, Hershey Square, 1176 Mae St, Hummelstown, PA
RWS LONDON AUDITIONS - JUNE 17 & 18, 2019
For Holland America Cruise Line: Dancers • Singer/Dancers • Singers Who Move Well Pineapple Studios 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London JUNE 17 - Male & Female Singers: By Appointment Only
Dancers for Step One Dance Company Touring Contracts Pineapple Studios 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London JUNE 18 - Male & Female Dancers: Sign-In 9:30am, 10:00am Start See full auditions details by using image above.
HAMBURG, GERMANY OPEN CALL DANCERS - JUNE 7, 2019 Seeking Dancers & Singers Stage School Hamburg GmbH Am Felde 56 - 58, Hamburg, 22765 DE 9:00am - Contemporary & Commercial Dancers 2:00pm - Singers _______________________________________
DUBLIN, IRELAND OPEN CALL DANCERS - JUNE 10, 2019 Seeking Seeking Dancers, Singer/Dancer, Singers Dance Ireland / Dance House Liberty Corner, Foley Street, Mountjoy, D1 IE 9:00am - Dancers • 12:00pm - Singers