The big picture

Being a small yet integral part of a very large production, national or international scale, is a highly valuable experience. It teaches you that it’s not about you (p.s. it’s never about you). It’s about showing up early, prepared and with all you have to give. It’s about responding to any direction or criticism by saying “Thank you” or “Okay”. If you get blamed for running into someone on stage who was in the wrong spot, you say “Thank you” or “Okay”.

The people you answer to have people that they answer to. The people that they answer to decide whether we all have jobs. The people that everyone answers to might be a corporate entity who doesn’t know anything about the art form. We may never understand what goes on behind the scenes.

If there’s ever a chance to experience what this is firsthand, take it. The perspective it leaves you with will inform your career decisions and shape you professionally.

By Denise Caston-Clark

Hi! I'm Denise Caston-Clark, a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. I am a former Radio City Rockette and currently direct Tap Dance Detroit and the annual Motor City Tap Fest.

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