Thursday, 8 January 2009

Dancers should learn to sing

I was listening to an interview on Radio 2 with Elaine Paige who was interviewing dance choreographer Anthony Van Laast who was the choreographer in the stage and film versions of Mama Mia to name just one of the many hit shows credited to his name.

Anthony was telling Elaine how important it is nowadays for musical theatre dancers to be able to sing as well as dance and also for singers to be able to dance.

He went on to explain that with the tight budgets nowadays in the theatre and film industry, producers can no longer afford to employ dancers and singers and it is easier to get a job if you can do both.

Anthony is now spreading the word to dance schools to tell the dancers to have singing lessons with a good vocal coach as he is no longer interested in auditioning people whoc can't do both.

So if you're a dancer and you want to succeed in todays market of musical theatre I would suggest that you learn to sing. Anyone can be a good singer if you get the correct singing tuition.

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