Dear Katie: How Can I Be Prepared as an Understudy?

December 20, 2018

In our “Dear Katie” series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

I was just cast as an understudy for a part I’d love to do, but I know I’m not going to get much rehearsal time. How can I make sure I’m prepared?


Dear Miranda,

Congratulations! Being an understudy is not something to take lightly—it means they really feel you can do the part. Good for you for wanting to be prepared. Make sure you’re taking advantage of every rehearsal you can. Dance in the back of the room if there’s enough space, and do it full-out if you can. Try to avoid just standing there. You could also ask your teacher if you can run it once at the end of every rehearsal once the main cast has finished. I guarantee you that’ll earn you points with your teacher. And don’t be afraid to grab some studio time alone when you can. Treat the role as if you really are going to be dancing it, because you never know.

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