Editor in Chief
A dancer’s first season in a new company is
actually more like a yearlong audition. A
director will be scrutinizing your every move
to make sure that they made the right choice—
and that they’ll want to hire you again once
your contract’s up. As Philadanco’s Joan Myers
Brown puts it, “Everyone’s looking at you to
see what you can do, but also what kind of
person you’re going to be.”
With that in mind, we packed this issue’s
“Newbie’s Survival Guide” full of advice for
dancers just starting their careers. My favorite
tip? Keep your eye on the company members
who get cast most often so you can ;gure out
what they’re doing that’s working. How do
they interact with choreographers? What do
they do during downtime? Their actions will
clue you in to what you need to do to succeed
as a new professional.
Our cover star this issue, choreographer
Tricia Miranda, knows a thing or two about
success. Viral videos of her class combinations
have racked up millions of views on You Tube,
supersizing her career and even turning her
top students into budding stars. Now, she’s
hitting a new milestone with her own MTV
show, “Going Off.” By Miranda’s request, each
episode centers on 50 to 60 dancers learning a
new combination, and ends with one or two
landing a job or private callback. Not only is
Miranda a savvy self-marketer, she’s determined to showcase the dancers who bring her
choreography to life—and the work they put
in to make it shine.
“Just do the work
—Tulsa Ballet artistic director
Marcello Angelini on how new company
members can make their mark, page 30.
For a list of companies hiring now,
see our 2017 Jobs Guide on page 54.
Filing taxes as a freelance artist?
Find out how to streamline the
process on page 50.