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Old April 18th, 2006, 07:27 PM
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Default How to get a dancing job?

I am VERY interested in getting a job as a dancer on carnival or really any cruise line. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what its like or what kind of training they prefer you have. I understand you have to audition or send in a video, but I wasn't sure what kind of experience they were looking for. Thanks!
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Old September 5th, 2006, 12:22 AM
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Kayla,
I've been on cruises as a dance host through Sixth Star Entertainment.
You might try sixthstar.com for more information since they furnish a broad spectrum of entertainers to cruise lines. Good Luck
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Old September 5th, 2006, 06:37 PM
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Here are some links

http://www.stilettoentertainment.com.../lifeatsea.htm

http://www.royalcaribbeanproductions.../auditions.asp

http://www.jeanannryanproductions.com/casting2.htm (she likes tall people)

It helps to be well rounded in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical - tap and acrobatics is a plus depending on the show. They cast a particular ship's cast at the same time, so they might cast on basis of looks (i.e. height, 'types', etc). I worked with seasoned pro's and people for whom a ship was their first professional job at 18. If you have the talent to get into a theme park, you can get onto a ship . . . . (similar dance requirements)

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My daughter is working as a dancer on HAL's Oosterdam. She auditioned with Stiletto Entertainment (check their web site). In order to be hired, you should have solid technique in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Broadway style, and modern. Lot's of experience performing/competing will give you a great advantage (my daughter danced competitively for 8 years). When you audition, look your best - dance heels, hair tied back neatly, clean makeup, and be sure you are at an appropriate dancer's weight. Be prepared with a resume and professional head shot. Good luck - my daughter is having a ball, and has signed on for the world cruise next year! Do it while you can!
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I will be holding auditions at my house this weekend for dancers
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Hi,
My girlfriend is an ex dancer for Celebrity, she is now a full time choreographer and choreographs all over the world, including cruise ships. I don't know where you are in the world, but in the UK there is a weekly publication called The Stgae (www.thestage.co.uk) which is a journal for the entertainments industry. Each week (both in the paper and online) they advertise various work. Cruise ship dance contracts appear quite often, especially around this time of year and around October as this seems to be the time where new contracts start. Hope this has been of some help.
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I used to be a stage manager. There are publications called "backstage" in LA (and I think New York) where cruise ships often announce auditions.

You need to be strongest in "jazz" though well rounded in some ballet (or modern with an adagio flair) and tap-style will help, too.

Jean Ann Ryan hires dancers all the time (she likes them to be about 5'10", but I see exceptions). Have an open scheduke and be able to leave home for a 6-month contract and the chances are good.
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