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So You Want to Be a Dancer

Practical Advice and True Stories from a Working Professional

Matthew Shaffer

Matthew Shaffer’s more than twenty years as a performer, choreographer, director, Broadway collaborator, writer, and producer has allowed him opportunities to work with celebrities like Megan Mullally, Ben Stiller, and the elite competition team of Dance Moms. So You Want to Be a Dancer is the ultimate book for anyone who has to fight the urge to sashay down grocery store aisles or school hallways. Shaffer discusses everything from how to break into the industry to practical advice—from how to audition and book a job to dealing with movie stars on-set. So You Want To Be A Dancer is a must-read for any creative entrepreneur, aspiring artist pursuing a career in today’s social media-savvy society, or anyone who savors the heartfelt journey of an artist. « less more »
Taylor Trade Publishing
Pages: 216Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-63076-026-7 • Hardback • March 2015 • $19.95 • (£13.95)
978-1-63076-027-4 • eBook • March 2015 • $9.99 • (£6.95)
Matthew Shaffer wrote, directed, and starred in his first production when he was seven years old and has been entertaining audiences (and family members) ever since! When Matthew isn’t busy performing on stage and screen, he's traveling the globe as a master teacher and dance judge, and collaborating and creating work with Jeff Payton and their production company, A Group Production, in Los Angeles, California. For more please visit: www.MatthewShaffer.com and follow @FunnyShaffer on Instagram & Twitter.
Matthew Shaffer has written the kind of book I wish I would have had available to me as a young dancer. This is a great guide for young dancers and parents alike to understand the many different aspects of this crazy world we call 'show business'. If you are a dancer wanting to know more, I recommend you read this book!
Mandy Moore, two-time Emmy Award–nominated choreographer, So You Think You Can Dance

If you’re planning a career in the industry as a dancer, do yourself a favor and read Matthew's book. His stories shed light into a world that is often difficult to navigate. It is full of insight and will inform you in invaluable ways.
Kenny Ortega, three-time Emmy Award–winning director and choreographer whose work includes High School Musical and Dirty Dancing

Matthew has created great insight into the world of dance. Such important information for any dancer!
Tyce Diorio, Emmy Award–winning choreographer and artistic director