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  • To be able to create a believable character, an actor, in collaboration with the director and cast, will need to analyse the character thoroughly. Here are some tools and tips you can use to help you get into character.

    How to Analyse a Character in a Drama for Actors

    How to Analyse a Character in a Drama for Actors

    by Annette Hendley4

  • Flamenco or flamingo? Gypsy or Latino? What is flamenco dancing? It may be easier to say what flamenco isn't!

    What Is Flamenco Dancing?

    What Is Flamenco Dancing?

    by Kate Swanson5

  • Card tricks range all the way from those that rely on mathematical principles and are called “self-working” to those that require difficult and elaborate sleight-of-hand.

    How to Do Card Magic Tricks for Beginners

    How to Do Card Magic Tricks for Beginners

    by Timothy Arends11

  • This article gives you all the tools and tricks you need to write your own original monologue, including videos, example monologues, FAQs, and a step-by-step guide.

    How to Create a Monologue (Easy and Simple)

    How to Create a Monologue (Easy and Simple)

    by Jakubowski91

  • Flexibility is an essential part of a dancer's life. We are all not blessed with natural flexibility and must work hard to gain that skill. In this article are great tips to get/maintain flexibility.

    Stretching and Flexibility Tips for Dancers and Others

    Stretching and Flexibility Tips for Dancers and Others

    by Passion for dance1

  • The Shakespeare Morris Side, keepers of the Bidford Dances of the Cotswold tradition, are a regular sight in Stratford, England. I caught up with one of the dancers to learn more about Morris Dancing.

    Shakespeare Morris: Traditional Dancing in England

    Shakespeare Morris: Traditional Dancing in England

    by Pollyanna Jones2

  • If your middle or high school is missing a drama club, read here to learn how to get started, recruit new members, and just what to do once you've got that club started.

    How to Start Your Own School Drama Club

    How to Start Your Own School Drama Club

    by Meghan Hopper8

  • Have you ever wanted to play with fire without those pesky burn marks? With this experiment you can light money or your hand on fire without it burning. This is a neat and relatively safe trick for all the pyromaniacs out there.

    How to Light Money or Your Hand on Fire Without It Burning

    How to Light Money or Your Hand on Fire Without It Burning

    by Candace Bacon41

  • Belly dance is the ideal form of exercise for mature women. It's gentle and doesn't require great flexibility or strength. However, its traditional costumes and makeup can be challenging for older dancers. Here are some tips to look like a belly dancer with grace.

    Costume and Makeup Tips for Mature Belly Dancers

    Costume and Makeup Tips for Mature Belly Dancers

    by Marisa Wright0

  • Flamenco shawls are beautiful to look at and warm to wear. But in flamenco dance, the shawl or "manton" is also an important (and useful) part of the costume and is also used as a dramatic prop.

    All About the Flamenco Shawl and How to Wear It

    All About the Flamenco Shawl and How to Wear It

    by Kate Swanson3

  • More and more adults all over the world are taking ballet lessons nowadays. What's attracting them to the dance studio? Apparently, ballet brings with it tremendous benefits to one's health. Read on to find out more.

    The Benefits of Ballet Lessons for Adults

    The Benefits of Ballet Lessons for Adults

    by balletomanehk31

  • Who is The World's Greatest Magician? Why, you are, of course! I mean this very seriously. When you are performing magic for your friends and acquaintances (and doing it well), to them, you are the greatest magician in the world.

    Top 10 Rules for Magicians

    Top 10 Rules for Magicians

    by Timothy Arends4

  • Shows like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" brought improv to our living rooms. Here are life lessons I've learned during my career as an improviser and how it can benefit your health and your pocketbook.

    Why You Should Take an Improv Class Right Now

    Why You Should Take an Improv Class Right Now

    by Lauren Sutton0

  • Learning how to dance salsa in a private lesson or group class is a lot of fun! Wearing the right kind of clothes and shoes minimizes risk of injury and keeps you feeling comfortable and looking good!

    What Should Women Wear to Salsa Lessons?

    What Should Women Wear to Salsa Lessons?

    by Anya Brodech6

  • The shimmy is one of the most fundamental moves in belly dance and has many variations. Good technique is critical! Learn how to shimmy by reading this comprehensive guide.

    How to Shimmy: Belly Dance Technique

    How to Shimmy: Belly Dance Technique

    by Marisa Wright1

  • Flamenco dresses and costumes are expensive to buy, because there is so much material and work involved. If you are up for the work, you can make your own flamenco costumes.

    How to Make a Flamenco Skirt or Dress

    How to Make a Flamenco Skirt or Dress

    by Kate Swanson3

  • A simple 6-step guide on how to inexpensively build your own ballet barre in your home with readily available hardware items, plus other alternative options.

    How to Make a Ballet Barre for Home Use

    How to Make a Ballet Barre for Home Use

    by Lora Riley1

  • People often wait when they should jump into comedy. This article can help you start telling jokes before live audiences and move forward from there.

    How to Start Performing Stand-Up Comedy

    How to Start Performing Stand-Up Comedy

    by Regi Brittain3

  • Precise, fast footwork is essential to a flamenco dancer. It's impossible to build speed unless you get the basics right first. Flamenco footwork technique is an exact science!

    Basic Flamenco Footwork: Easy Dance Steps

    Basic Flamenco Footwork: Easy Dance Steps

    by Kate Swanson6

  • Who knew there were so many cool hula hoop tricks to try? Check out this list of the 5 easiest and coolest looking hula hoop tricks to impress your friends!

    5 Cool Hula Hoop Tricks & Tips

    5 Cool Hula Hoop Tricks & Tips

    by Tatiana3

  • Who's dancing, you or the props? Sword, veils, Isis wings and fan veils can be exciting additions to belly dance, but be careful they don't take over.

    How to Dance With Belly Dance Props

    How to Dance With Belly Dance Props

    by Marisa Wright0

  • Belly dance bras are notorious for their uncomfortable and sometimes unflattering fit. This article explains how to make your own bra, or how to adjust one you already own, even if you don't know how to sew.

    How to Make a Belly Dance Bra Fit

    How to Make a Belly Dance Bra Fit

    by Marisa Wright0

  • Learn to juggle using a few quick and easy exercises that you can do anywhere.

    Fundamentals of Juggling

    Fundamentals of Juggling

    by Trevor Prescott2

  • Social dancing comes with its own set of rules that might not be that obvious if you're new to it. Tips for men and women on how to keep the peace and avoid problems when you're out social dancing.

    Dance Etiquette: 20 Tips for Social Dancing

    Dance Etiquette: 20 Tips for Social Dancing

    by Anya Brodech3

  • The majence, or majensi, is the opening number for a belly dance show. It showcases the dancer at her best and gives a taster of the show that follows. Because of its variety, majence music can make a good basis for a belly dance solo.

    What Is a Majence in Belly Dance?

    What Is a Majence in Belly Dance?

    by Marisa Wright0

  • Freed of London are the most prestigious UK ballet manufacturer, and their pointe shoes are legendary for their lightness.

    Freed of London Pointe Shoes

    Freed of London Pointe Shoes

    by Marisa Wright1

  • Why do pointe shoe manufacturers produce so many models? Because feet come in different shapes as well as different sizes. Before you can find the right pointe shoe, you need to understand your foot shape.

    How to Buy Pointe Shoes Online: What Shape Is My Foot?

    How to Buy Pointe Shoes Online: What Shape Is My Foot?

    by Marisa Wright0

  • A small glossary of theatre terms, including vocabulary and terminology related to acting, auditions and rehearsals, scripts, technical theatre, theatre people, and stage directions.

    Broadway and Theatre Vocabulary and Terms

    Broadway and Theatre Vocabulary and Terms

    by Meghan Hopper5

  • Comedy and clowning go hand in hand. These warm ups encourage fun and creative expression and will help release your inner clown. They're good for those who are in the performing arts business too.

    10 of the Best Warm Ups for Clowns

    10 of the Best Warm Ups for Clowns

    by Andrew Spacey7

  • Are you searching for a killer act for your next talent show? Here are seven hilarious ideas, including video examples!

    7 Hilarious Talent Show Ideas

    7 Hilarious Talent Show Ideas

    by SmartAndFun34

  • Planning a 70s party? You don't have to dance like John Travolta—there were many 1970s routines like the Bump Dance and the Hustle that are easy for anyone to learn.

    Best Dance Moves From the 1970s

    Best Dance Moves From the 1970s

    by Kate Swanson6

  • The success of an audition hinges strongly on how the audition is structured and executed. This article is a step-by-step guide on how to set up, run, and complete an audition and have it be a success!

    How to Set Up and Run a Successful Dance Audition

    How to Set Up and Run a Successful Dance Audition

    by Passion for dance0

  • Live theatre can be a wonderful experience; it can also be ruined when members of the audience ignore a few simple rules.

    Theatre Audience Etiquette

    Theatre Audience Etiquette

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • Is your speaking voice representing the right image of who you are? If not, there are exercises and information available in this article to help you. Be a winner by learning how to successfully build your image with the use of your voice.

    Your Speaking Voice: How Good Diction Helps

    Your Speaking Voice: How Good Diction Helps

    by Audrey Hunt83

  • Half a century after the Great War started, a group of British writers and actors created a macabre and satirical musical about the dreadful sacrifice of the common soldiers.

    The History of

    The History of "Oh! What a Lovely War"

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • Got an audition coming up soon for a musical theater production? Maybe just a singing or a dancing audition? You're not alone! I moved to the Des Moines area last year and have auditioned a few times with the Des Moines Playhouse. Read on to learn some key tips to nailing your audition.

    Tips for Nailing a Musical Theater Audition

    Tips for Nailing a Musical Theater Audition

    by Kathlyn W.11

  • This article takes a look at the influence of ballet on belly dancing.

    Ballet in Belly Dance

    Ballet in Belly Dance

    by Marisa Wright0

  • If you're wondering how to learn belly dancing at home, it's not that hard. Unlike most other kinds of dance, it's quite possible to learn and enjoy the basics in your lounge room.

    How to Learn Belly Dancing at Home

    How to Learn Belly Dancing at Home

    by Kate Swanson11

  • Sevillanas is a Spanish folkloric dance often taught to flamenco students. It's unique in the flamenco repertoire in having set steps. This article explains how to dance each copla "paso a paso."

    Flamenco—Learn Sevillanas Paso a Paso

    Flamenco—Learn Sevillanas Paso a Paso

    by Kate Swanson5

  • Are you looking for ideas for the upcoming talent show? You'll find tons of ideas here, including singing, dancing, karate, tricks with a pogo stick or a yo-yo, and more. Plus tips on how to make your act as memorable and as professional as possible.

    11 Talent Show Ideas for Kids

    11 Talent Show Ideas for Kids

    by SmartAndFun116

  • Tips and advice from a professional dance instructor on what clothes and shoes men should wear to a private dance lesson or group class for salsa, swing or ballroom dancing.

    What Should Men Wear to Dance Lessons?

    What Should Men Wear to Dance Lessons?

    by Anya Brodech0

  • A list of the top ten reasons why you should learn how to dance salsa and how it can change your life, or at least make it less pitifully boring than it is right now, as told by a salsa teacher.

    10 Benefits of Dancing Salsa for Men and Women

    10 Benefits of Dancing Salsa for Men and Women

    by Anya Brodech2

  • The proud carriage and fluid arms of a flamenco dancer's body are part of the essence of the dance, so it's important you understand and master them, if you want to look authentic.

    Flamenco Dance Posture, Hands, and Arms

    Flamenco Dance Posture, Hands, and Arms

    by Kate Swanson6

  • The bata de cola is a flamenco dress with a train. Learn what it is and how to dance in it. The bata de cola kick causes more trouble for flamenco dancers than any other aspect of handling it!

    How to Dance Flamenco With a Bata de Cola

    How to Dance Flamenco With a Bata de Cola

    by Kate Swanson4

  • Opening a belly dance studio is an interesting and life-changing event. It will come with many challenges. Energy, creative thinking, and business acuity will be your tools for success.

    How to Open a Belly Dance Studio

    How to Open a Belly Dance Studio

    by Tricia Deed0

  • Ask almost any child to dance, and they'll move to the music. So why do so many adults find it hard to dance? By understanding the reasons, you CAN learn to dance!

    Can People With No Rhythm Learn to Dance?

    Can People With No Rhythm Learn to Dance?

    by Kate Swanson19

  • Late starters to the art of ballet are always left out at most studios if they are hoping for anything more than weekly recreation. I was one of those dancers. This is what I would tell my former self, which is also my advice to other late starters.

    Advice for Late Starters to Ballet

    Advice for Late Starters to Ballet

    by Ehren E Grunewald0

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