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Can You Do Backing Dancing For More Than 1 Artist?

Aug 19, 2008
Backing dancing is one of the most exclusive career paths for a dancer to go down. Even if you're a dancer whose main interest is theatre, who wouldn't say yes to dancing for Justin Timberlake? Well-paid, high-profile and all your friends will probably recognise you on TV.

But what happens when you get offered the role of backing dancer and it's not your favourite artist? Are you confined only to dancing for one artist? Luckily the answer is no.

You can dance for as many different clients and artists that you want and usually they won't mind. If anything it will make your CV look more impressive if you've previously done backing dancing and may even make it easier to dance with your favourite bands.

Most people have loads of different artists and groups on their Ipod or Cd collections. Perhaps too many even to be able to name a favourite. So it's great that you have permission to dance for lots of them.

There are a few things however you may want to consider. For example if you know that a certain artist has a rival artist (think Britney Spears vs Christina Aguilera) then it might be harder to dance for your favourite artist if you've already danced for their rival.

The fact is that production companies usually go to the same couple of agencies for their dancers so naturally some dancers will have worked for several music artists. It won't come as a surprise to them although sometimes they just want fresh faces which haven't worked with too many artists.

Sometimes dancers can work for one artist and then work for another rival artist. It happens because dancers are not always at the forefront and unless heavily featured they're not that easily recognisable. After all every time they cast for dancers they want the best dancers for the job.

The artists or band members aren't always in the decision-making process for the dancers, although sometimes they are. Sometimes the whole image and production team may be involved in the decision to make sure that the dancer's style of dancing and image will compliment their artists. It'll sometimes be video footage they study of the auditions and you won't even know the artists are helping pick the dancers.

So take a look through your music collection, decide which artists you want to work with and starting plotting for your success. But remember to spend as much time practising your actual dancing skills rather than deciding which artists are your favourites!
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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