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Backing Dancing For Your Favourite Artists

Aug 18, 2008
Many dancer's dream is to do be a backing dancer for their favourite music artists and bands. Whether it's just to be able to meet them up close and personal or just being able to say you're one of Britney Spears' dancers!

How is it possible to dance for your favourite artists? Well you could try the luck route. Wade Robson won a competition to meet Michael Jackson as a kid and when Jackson saw his moves he decided that he wanted to do some backing dancing for him. Lucky kid!

But if you're down on luck, fear not because there's another way! It's easy to find the way, whether you're picked to be one of the dancers is another matter of course.

The first thing to do is to do some research into your artist. It helps at this point to make sure that this is an artist that actually uses backing dancers - unfortunately if you're idols are Pearl Jam you probably won't have much of a chance being one of their dancers unless you pull a brilliant sales speech on them and they realise that they really need dancers after all!

You want to go to a popular search engine like Google and type in the artist's name and 'choreographer.' So using Britney Spears as an example you'd type in 'Britney Spears choreographer' into the search box and hit search. You should be able to find pages which will have information about which choreographers have worked with Britney Spears.

You'll probably come up with the names of quite a few choreographers. To really save time be more specific and get your information in one go. In order to do backing dancing for them you need to find out who the artist's choreographers are right now. So type in the name of their current album or recent single release along with 'choreographer.' Or if that doesn't work try replacing 'choreographer' with 'choreography' or similar words.

That's the first step. Once you know who the choreographers are just do a search for them and find out which agencies they work for. You can do this just by typing the choreographer's name and adding 'dance agency' or 'choreographer' into the search.

Sometimes you'll find they're with different agencies and you won't know which agency asked them to provide the choreography. But it'll probably be one of the top agencies or one that does a lot of TV work if they're a well-known artist.

Once you know which agencies they're with you need to audition for that agency so you can possibly be sent to any future auditions where that choreographer needs dancers for your favourite artist. So now you know how to give yourself a chance of dancing with your favourite artist.

Don't forget to check audition boards as they sometimes hold open auditions or even in some cases auditions to be a backing dancer are posted on the artist/ band's website. Keep your eyes peeled!
About the Author
Ryan Heddik has enjoyed a successful dance career dancing on TV numerous times and is the author of the groundbreaking e-book 'Dance In A Pop Video.' The book teaches aspiring dancers the exact process they can follow to find work in music videos with tried and tested principles that actually work. Find out more about it at www.boxdancer.com
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