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You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. Martha Graham
Empowering The Dancer Online Mentorship offers an in-depth look in the preparations needed to creating a prosperous and rewarding career. Extending beyond previous training to understand what should be expected from you as an artist (in performance and self-promotion) and as an individual in life. Including yet not limited to Self Empowerment; The Business of Dance; Goal Setting & Intentions: Career Development, Marketing and Life Skills; Self Care & Motivation; Theory & History in Dance, Film & Television; Truth in Performance: the development of performance, production and choreographic skills; Self care & Motivation: the artistic self vs the daily self and Creating Your Own Content.
This 20 week mentorship has three central focuses ART, ARTIST and THE BUSINESS. Educating dancers about Los Angeles and how "The Industry" is shaped for dancers and performers in the US. What do they mean by "LA READY" and how best to leverage that with where you are in your career. Through programmed activities that promote and allow growth; guidance and advice from Industry professionals and visual mediums; our mentorship will provide you with a creative community and strong peer support that will challenge you on an exciting new level. Discovering your true creative self, what does it mean to step into my power?
Preparation + Opportunity = Success!
a. LEARNING LA - City, Lifestyle, History, Attitudes.
b. TIMELINES - Unrealistic Timelines, Commitments, Fears, Expectations and Realities.
c. ASSUMPTIONS - What is the job of an "DANCER"? Realities vs Ideals. Culture vs Culture. Stage vs Film.
d. DREAMS -The why? Your manifesto. Your dream career.
a. DO YOUR RESEARCH - Unique Selling points, Market Research, Competition, Branding & Headshots
b. MAKE A PLAN - Business Plans, Investments, Business Essentials
c. PLAN YOUR FINANCES - Expenses, Profits, Return for investment, Marketing plans
d. GET YOUR TEAM READY - Team building, Managers, Agents, Lawyers, Coaches, Choreographers and Mentors.
e. PROMOTING AND MARKETING - Resumes, Unique Selling Propositions, Social Media, Casting Directors and choreographers.
a. GOAL SETTING AND INTENTIONS - Definitions, Types, Systems, Intentions
b. PSYCHOLOGY OF GOAL SETTING - Strengths & Weaknesses; Value Systems; Self Evaluation; Character Arcs.
c. TIME MANAGEMENT - Obstacles, Time Management, Problem Solving & Organisational
d. STEPS TO SUCCESS - Setting courses, Planning, Accountability, Rewards
a. A DANCERS SELF-CARE - Health & Fitness, Mindfulness & Motivation.
b. THE POWER OF VOICE & MOVEMENT - Voice & Breath, Nutrition, Nervous Systems & the Body
c. EMOTIONAL MATURITY - Accountability, Re-centering, Re-connecting & Holistic
d. THE ARTISTIC SELF VS THE PERSONAL SELF - Crossing the Artistic Threshold, Habits, Ego & Interference.
a. TECHNIQUES - Jazz Age; Modern Dance; Musical Theatre; Hip-Hop and Commercial Dance
b. CHOREOGRAPHERS & DANCE TRAIL BLAZERS - Bob Fosse; Alvin Ailey; Martha Graham; Shane Sparks;
c. THE RISE OF MTV & DANCE ON TELEVISION - Sitcom, Procedurals, Drama & Streaming
d. DANCE ON FILM- Golden Age, Independent Cinema, Modern Blockbuster & Our Future
a. CONCEPT CREATION - Ideas & Mood Boards; Characters & Concepts; Genres & Limitations; Project Aims & Outlines.
b. WRITING & DEVELOPMENT - On The Page; Look Books; Pre Production and Casting.
c. FILMMAKING 101 - Location Scouting, Lighting and Audio Equipment; Creative Recourses & Optimisation; Basic Composition; The People In The Scene; Shot Size & Visualisation of assembly.
d. POST PRODUCTION - Editing software; Media Management; Assembly, Colour Grading & Post Production.
a. ACTING VS HOW TO ACT - Truth – the basics; Humanity vs Playing; Idea or stereotype; Find the place where you and your character meet.
b. LISTENING & TRANSLATING - Listening; Asking The Right Questions; Repetition; & Presence
c. MOVEMENT & THE ARTISTIC SELF - Energy; Intentions; Actions & Script Work
d. SCRIPT ANALYSIS - Building and creating a compelling character; Inner Monologues; Beat to Beat & Given Circumstances.
e. APPLYING THE TOOLS - Understanding Voyeurism vs. Exhibitionism; Film vs. Stage performance; Choices & Emotions.
f. THE WORK - Preparation Vs Control; Auditions Vs Performance; Effective Collaboration & Mastering Triggers.
DANCE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER 2020