Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for your favorite toe-tapping wannabe thespian, or do you need some basic moves to help advance your own theatrical ambition? The Broadway Blog got tipped off to a unique video launch by professional dancer and all-round motivational guru Erika Shannon.
Erika’s four-week interactive video training series, “Don’t Dodge the Dance Call,” covers all of the basic fundamentals of dance. Designed for the absolute beginner, it’s the first and only video course on the market that coaches singers and actors in preparation for movement auditions, without ever having to set foot in a public dance class.
“As a choreographer and movement coach, I have worked with genius performers who freeze with fear in the dance audition. I’ve seen the agony on their faces and I know that if I can help them get out of their head and into their body, they will not only perform better, but also with joy. ‘Don’t Dodge the Dance Call’ gives them the chance to learn the basics away from peers, casting directors, and watchful eyes of the industry. No pressure, no panic,” says Shannon, who has performed in Rock of Ages, acted as Dance Coordinator for ABC Family, and guest taught for the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department and Abby Lee Dance Company (of Dance Moms fame) alike.
Designed around Erika’s Four Fundamentals of Dance, “Don’t Dodge the Dance Call” includes 19 instructional videos that highlight basic technique, confidence building, and even how to “fake it till you make it” on the dance floor. Additionally, Erika will be coaching four live dance classes for participants of the four-week crash course, who says the course is applicable to non-theater professionals, too. “While I created it mainly for singers and actors with limited movement experience, this course is also perfect for anyone who wants to better understand how to move his or her body or learn choreography, whether in an audition or at a dance class at the gym. When you have confidence in how you move your body, it shows in other areas of your life!
Through 19 instructional videos, participants will learn my four basic fundamentals of dance, including how to break down steps into what Erika call “glorified walking,” how to incorporate rhythmic and directional changes, how to use the floor, effectively manage body tension, and how to “fake it ‘til they make it.”
Worried that you don’t have enough space? Forgettaboutit! “For this level of training it’s really important to explore the relationship between your feet and the floor, so shoes are totally optional- I even shot the videos just in socks,” says Erika. “I designed the series so it could be completed in a small NYC apartment, so if you have room to take a few steps side to side and back and forth, you’re good to go!”
Take a sneak peek of what you can expect and start dancing!