Magazine article Dance Spirit

L.A. Stories

Magazine article Dance Spirit

L.A. Stories

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When I was 16 and studying ballet in NYC, I was one of about 12 dancers cast in TV commercial with music producer Quincy Jones. It was the perfect job: got to fly to L.A., work with the celebrated choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and dance on a soundstage-and I was paid, too! I even sat across from Patrick Dempsey in the airport as I waited for my connecting flight home. It was a storybook experience.

But the reality of working consistently in the City of Angels and earning a living as a full-time commercial dancer can be very different. You may land a featured spot in a movie, print ad, music video or tour, but when it's over, you're auditioning again.

For those who are up for the challenge, the rewards can be great. They're being cast by the best choreographers in the business and strutting their stuff alongside the biggest personalities in Hollywood, and they're often traveling the world, too.

This issue of Dance Spirit celebrates L.A.!

First, in Tim O'Shei's "Kickin' It With KayCee" (p. 78] KayCee Stroh talks about landing her spot in High School Musical 3. She also opens up about what it's like being a size 12 in a size 00 Hollywood. Then hear about her oh-so-famous cast mates and their dancing abilities in "Caps Off to High School Musical 3" (p. 82).

In "Livin' La Vida LA." (p. 88) Sarah Christine Smith writes about her first year in Hollywood. It wasn't easy, but she's since performed with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood. …

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