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Dancer Meghan Sanett

Advice & Career Tips from Dancer and Social Media Personality Meghan Sanett

Meghan Sanett – Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher & Social Media Personality – shares some insight on taking classes, coming to LA, getting and working with an agent and more!

Conversation with Tiffany Maher Part 4

Conversation with Tiffany Maher, Part 4

Master Talent Teacher Joe Tremaine has a conversation with the recent LA transplant, Tiffany Maher, about her already blossoming dance career and the move to LA. Part 4

Conversation with Tiffany Maher pt 3

Conversation with Tiffany Maher, Part 3

Master Talent Teacher Joe Tremaine has a conversation with the recent LA transplant, Tiffany Maher, about her already blossoming dance career and the move to LA. Part 3 / 3

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Conversation with Tiffany Maher, Part 2

Master Talent Teacher Joe Tremaine has a conversation with the recent LA transplant, Tiffany Maher, about her already blossoming dance career and the move to LA.

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Interview with GLEE Choreographer Zach Woodlee

The choreographer of the FOX hit series Glee, Zach Woodlee, sat down with Master Talent Teacher Joe Tremaine to discuss how his path led him from Texas to Los Angeles and on to become the choreographer of the insanely popular television series. Zach talks about what he looks for and expects from dancers when auditioning and hiring for Glee, and offers his advice to dancers in the entertainment industry.

Growing up with a mother who owned a dance studio, Zach’s childhood was immersed in dance. Later, after studying geriatrics in college, he worked with many area nursing homes to keep movement as the main focus of their recreational programs. However, fate would soon move him to Los Angeles in the pursuit of a dance career. Zach’s mornings began at 4:15 a.m., when he got up, put on all of his ballet gear and topped that with his barista uniform. His shift at Starbucks stretched from 5:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., which gave him just enough time to make it to his 10:30 ballet class, tearing off his apron and barista gear as he entered.

Zach got his first break dancing for LeAnn Rimes, then on to movies, joined SAG and began working union jobs. While dancing on tour with Madonna, the realization that an ongoing back condition would prevent him from dancing for much longer. He later made the transition into choreography. Zack=s Glee experience began with meeting show creator Ryan Murphy and realizing he had an innate understanding of the script. The pilot became a passion project for all those involved. Once they were satisfied it was packaged perfectly, they gave it to the world and the rest is history.

Regarding the dance industry, Zach reveals what he looks for and relies upon when casting dancers for Glee. Discussing the importance of keeping your photos and resumes updated, he emphasizes how your work ethic will inevitably make or break you. He also feels that younger dancers need to understand the importance of performing in a group, instead of just as a soloist with specialty tricks. Proper training and a technical background play an important role for him as a choreographer in creating the proper lines. He closes by saying that there is no reason to ever stop training or supporting your dance community. In his words,” If you don’t keep pushing yourself, you will become stale, and you will lose a little bit of your luster”.

Interview with Tiffany Maher

Conversation With Tiffany Maher, Part 1

Master Talent Teacher Joe Tremaine has a conversation with the recent LA transplant, Tiffany Maher, about her already blossoming dance career and the move to LA.

Joe Tremaine Interview Rihanna Dancer Tony Bellissimo

Master Dance Teacher Joe Tremaine sat down with first year professional dancer Tony Bellissimo, who was recently a dancer for Rihanna on The Loud Tour 2011, to discuss his move to Los Angeles, his experience on So You Think You Can Dance, auditioning for the Academy Awards, Glee and his advice for dancers who are moving toward a professional career.


Tony began dancing with his Mom when he was two, hip hop classes began at six, and at age 13, a discussion with Joe Tremaine convinced him of the need for technical classes such as ballet, jazz and tap.  By his senior year of high school, he had cut out varsity sports to focus exclusively on dance.  Then, at the age of 18, he found himself in the top 20 on season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance.  Even though he was the first to go home, his time spent on the sound stages of Los Angeles proved to be the catalyst he needed.  That January he made the move from frigid Buffalo, New York, to the warmth of Los Angeles.

Days after arriving in L.A., Tony’s first audition, and first professional job, was for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, an audition process which he easily compares to his  SYTYCD experience.  Since that time, he has worked on other award shows including The Kids Choice Awards, the TV Land Awards and the Univision Awards.  He has also appeared on multiple episodes of Nick Jr’s The Fresh Beat Band and the Fox hit series Glee, including their “Thriller” themed episode which aired after the Super Bowl.  Other credits include Step Up 3D with director Jon M. Chu, a Radio Shack commercial and various music videos.

Based on his experience, Tony’s recommends pushing yourself outside your comfort zone so as not to limit yourself as a performer or your ability to compete with other dancers.  He discusses the need to be comfortable freestyling at auditions, saying, “Everyone in L.A. can dance.  It’s what you do after those two counts of eight that will set you apart.”  Tony’s other advice includes, the importance of communication with your agent, knowing and being confident in who you are as a dancer and the fact that you must eat, sleep and breathe dance if you want this as your career.

Movement for Actors, part 3

Dance: Movement for Actors – Part 3

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Dance: Movement for Actors – Part 2


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Movement for Actors – Part 1


Why Should Actors Take a Dance or Movement Class?

Actors are notoriously “in their head,” whether it be analyzing scripts or mentally getting into the mind and body of their characters. What is the best way to get back into your body and feel the immediacy of the action while still developing skills that improve your overall performance – a Movement for Actors Class.

Chryssie Whitehead, whose credits include the role of Kristine in the 2006 original Broadway revival cast of A Chorus Line and the documentary film Every Little Step, Kathy in the New York Philharmonic production of Company with Neil Patrick Harris, and who can currently be seen in the recurring role of Dana Nelson on ABC’s Private Practice, is also a movement coach who loves helping actors get out of their heads and into their bodies. Her successful dance career includes everything from being a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall to touring with Fosse, as well as transitioning into a successful acting career. This career path led her to discover her love for teaching, primarily her love for teaching movement to actors.

In the beginning, as a trained dancer, she admits to being unsure of how she would go about teaching people who had never had a ballet class, or who had never known what it’s like to be in their body in the way dancers are so comfortable with. In turn, many actors are reluctant to join dance and movement classes for this same reasoning. What Chryssie found however, was that actors were the most willing to come in and transform and get into their bodies in a new way. This led to her realization that she had a knack for helping actors and singers get out of their heads and develop their craft through movement and dance.

After all of the homework actors put in “in their head” in analyzing the script, the character and where it should go, they then have to get on the set or stage and “do.” That’s where dance training develops a different skill set. In dance you start with the “doing” and less “in your head” thought. It’s all about the movement. In her classes she want the actors to take risks. She doesn’t care if you’re getting the right step. Her preference is to see you doing something out of your comfort zone, trying with all your might, and going for it. Watching you realize that every posture, gesture and mannerism will help you enhance the character to open up the performance, and what better place to take these risks than in the safety of a dance class. This risk taking in class translates into an actors willingness to then take risks in their acting.

From the moment performers step into the audition room, it is obvious who is not comfortable in their bodies. A dance or movement class can help you develop the ability to develop this comfortable and know how to utilize your posture and movement to your best advantage. This comfort is the difference between just walking into a room or bringing your presence into a room and filling it up with your “Here I am. Take it or leave it.” confidence.

If you’re in Los Angeles, check out Chryssie’s ongoing class at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, www.EdgePAC.com, or find a dance or movement class in your area.

Learn more about Chryssie Whitehead at www.ChryssieWhitehead.net