Allworth Press Releases STARTING YOUR CAREER AS A DANCER: By Mande Dagenais, May 2012


In STARTING YOUR CAREER AS A DANCER (Allworth Press, May 2012), author Mande Dagenais explains what it really takes to get into the business, be in the business, and survive in the business. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts industry as a dancer, teacher, choreographer/director, and producer, Dagenais offers insider advice and shares her vast knowledge while answering questions asked by professionals and beginners alike.

Starting Your Career as a Dancer is a book for new and seasoned dancers of any style. This career bible radiates inspiration while dishing practical advice on everything from gigs to nutrition to finances.

Other topics include:

Different markets, venues, and types of work for dancers
Audition do's and dont's
What to expect from a dancing job
Injury prevention
Psychical conditioning
Business management
Career transition

Mande Dagenais has won numerous awards for her writing, including a Silver IPPY Award in Performing Arts. Her work as a choreographer, director, and producer has been appreciated by millions of people around the world. With over seventy stage shows to her credit—including ten years of performances at the famed La Cage Aux Folles Los Angeles—she has received accolades from some of the industry’s most discriminating critics and performers. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

Allworth Press publishes business and how-to books for artists, graphic designers, photographers, and interior designers, as well as for filmmakers, performing artists, and authors. In addition, Allworth Press also publishes legal and personal finance guides for the general public. Books from Allworth Press are distributed to the book trade by W. W. Norton and can be found in better bookstores. Titles may also be ordered directly from the publisher by calling (212) 643-6816 or visiting