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VIP ACCESS: Skype Your Way to Stardom at BroadwayU

August 29th, 2012

Sonny Paladino, Director of Staff at BroadwayU. Image via BroadwayUonline.com.

“You got big dreams? You want fame? Well, here is where you start paying. In sweat.”

When a stick-thumping Debbie Allen spoke those immortal words in the opening credits of Fame, the “here” she was referring to was a dance classroom. But now, it seems, that “here” can be anywhere, thanks to the power of Skype. At least that’s the gospel according to the folks at Broadway U, a new online service that offers one-on-one theater classes taught by Broadway performers via webcam.

Sure, nothing can replace the work done in a rehearsal hall with a serious teacher, but for students far from great training opportunities or dabblers who want to get a taste of the business and learn some confidence-building skills, it isn’t a bad idea. The program offers sessions in voice, dance and audition training from folks with real-world, working resumes. Comparable with what you’d pay for a lesson in NYC, the sessions aren’t cheap at $99 bucks for an hour (plus studio time for dance) but the convenience might make it worthwhile. And if you have a big audition coming up, why not let a pair of experienced outside eyes take a look at what you’re preparing?

Color me curious. If anyone has tried it, I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments. Until then, let’s watch some of their free (and solidly informative)  “One Minute Master Classes” to get a sense of what you might experience. First up, a quick dance combo that is a fun challenge for anyone who loves a little “pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time” test…

http://youtu.be/lLbX_OK_WSU

Next up, a helpful lesson in breathing and a useful tip about overcoming nerves…

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