Magazine article Dance Magazine

Don't Get Lost in Los Angeles: New to the L.A. Dance Scene? Here's an Insider's Perspective on Getting Gigs from Four Top Hollywood Choreographers

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Don't Get Lost in Los Angeles: New to the L.A. Dance Scene? Here's an Insider's Perspective on Getting Gigs from Four Top Hollywood Choreographers

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JENNIFER HAMILTON

WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HER WORK: As long-time associate choreographer to Marguerite Derricks, you've seen Jennifer Hamilton's footprint on movies like the Austin Powers trilogy, Little Miss Sunshine, Spider-Man 3, and the upcoming Fame remake. She's also worked on Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, music videos for Lenny Kravitz and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and commercials for Pepsi and Gap.

IN HER WORDS: "When I teach class, I'm always tuned in to dancers who exhibit good attitudes along with great technique. Choreographers want to work with those who dress appropriately, can listen and take direction, and aren't late or lazy."

ON KEEPING IT REAL: "When you come to Los Angeles, you have to be real about who you are. For instance, I'm an athletic dancer, so there's no way VII get a ballet job. Dancers need to understand the type of performer they are and know what they bring to the table."

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JOANN JANSEN

WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HER WORK: She has found big success choreographing for the big screen, most recently on films such as Four Christmases, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Spirit, and Ang Lee's upcoming Taking Woodstock. She's also choreographed music videos for Wil.I.Am and Beirut, as well as commercials for McDonalds, Pepsi, and Target.

IN HER WORDS: "Observe the power in the room and how the choreographer interacts with the director and crew. Learn what aspects as a dancer make you most useful to a choreographer."

ON DANCING GRATIS: "Lots of dancers do The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball, a monthly L.A. event, as a way to showcase their talent (see "Dance Matters," March 2008). It's about putting yourself in the fray; you get out there and let people see you."

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LIZ IMPERIO

WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HER WORK: Her choreography resume reads like a rundown of Divas Live: Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, and Cher--not to mention divas-in-training like Hilary Duff. …

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