[ March 5, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Side Gigs for Dancers

Let’s be honest, no one pursues a career in dance for the money.  We do it because dance is our passion. Unfortunately, the “starving artist” trope looms large for many dancers who are just getting their start in the industry. But don’t worry. You need not sacrifice your...

[ March 18, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Commercial Dance Intensives

To be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with commercial dance intensives. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons to participating in intensives or mentorship programs. If you find yourself feeling that the benefits outweigh the costs (literally and figuratively),...

[ March 18, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Jobs in the Dance Industry

It’s hard to earn a steady income as a dancer, especially if you are just starting to work in the commercial industry. Sure, you could book two or three jobs a year as a dancer. But more likely than not, these few jobs will produce an additional income, rather than a livable wage. You...

[ March 25, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Preparing Your Daughter for the Move to LA

Yay! You have decided to move to LA! Your to-do list has now grown exponentially, and you may not know where to start. To help you get organized and to make the transition easier, here are a few things to check off your list before moving.   1. Professional Materials This...

[ April 2, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Programs for Dancers in LA

The endless options of available classes can be overwhelming when you first move to LA. Some of you may love having the freedom to take the classes you want, when you want, and where you want. Others of you might prefer more structure and guidance in your training. To help narrow down...

[ April 8, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Successful Dance Careers for Non-LA Residents

For those of you seriously considering pursuing a career in commercial dance, you likely have found that most jobs and training opportunities lie in and around Los Angeles. However, not every dancer desires to relocate to LA. So how does a non-LA resident go about making a successful...

[ April 16, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

How To Get In Front Of Working Choreographers

Allow me to start by stating the obvious: in order to get in front of working choreographers, you must first know who the working choreographers are. Let me say it one more time for the people in the back, do your research! Some of the most “popular” teachers in LA, who have the most...

[ May 3, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

College for Dancers

What is the deal with college for dancers? In case you didn’t know, attending a university and majoring in dance is, in fact, an option.  There are a million different questions in relation to college for dancers. Here we will be discussing the few things I wish I had more...

[ October 5, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Five Things I Wish My Mom Made Me Do When I Still Lived At Home

It has been six years since I last lived at home. In that time, I have lived in two major cities, have earned my college degree, and have entered the workforce. All the while, I’ve tried to stay as involved in the dance industry as possible. I believe my efforts and professional...

[ October 22, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Top 9 Things To Do If You Aren’t The Best Dancer At Your Studio

As performers, it is natural for us to want attention and praise—even the humblest of dancers. It is reassuring and gratifying to know that your efforts are recognized and that your hard work is paying off.   But what happens when you might not be getting all the praise and...

[ November 12, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

Top 5 Ways To Help You Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone + 1 Bonus!

Regardless of age or ability, all dancers are at risk of falling into a rut. When we fall into our routines and get too comfortable with our teachers, we risk not improving as much. We all need to make a conscious effort to get out of our comfort zones a bit more often.  We...

[ November 20, 2019 by Annie Libera ]

What is the Value of a Dance Degree?

A 2018 article from Dance Spirit Magazine, “What Dancers Can Do with a College Degree that They Can’t Do Without One,” has recently resurfaced on social media. It has been getting a lot of buzz and, this week, I’d like to add to the noise. For those of you who have been here before,...