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Pocket Guide for Dancers

Released 8th November 2017

My decision to write this book was based on meeting so many dancers not knowing of where to go next having completed their training, dancers who became lost on their journey and needed direction. So I thought I could put together a small information book that could help guide them.

This book is intended to be a motivational one; I explore how to view rejection in another way, how to build up resilience to those never ending ‘no’s’ and how to use those familiar words as a powerful tool to succeed.

I was told many times that I was too old, the industry was too competitive, however, I have total belief that if one really wants to do something, there is always a way - always a new path to follow - and if a dancer is committed enough, understands the industry ‘ropes’ and uses a positive mind-set, then it’s just a matter of time until success will follow.

Having had little guidance and finding my own way into the industry, I had a clear vision and belief that this book could help so many dancers, it is a book I would have appreciated when I was auditioning. 

Whether you are just embarking upon a new career, feeling stuck, lost or needing motivation and a bit of guidance from someone with 20 years’ experience in the industry, who has also been there. Using this guide will hopefully take dancers forward to securing those auditions and jobs.

This guide offers information about where to look for auditions, agents, where to take class, how to build rapport with future employers, and many more aspects of the dance industry, that will help give some valuable guidance.

Dance is such a wonderful business and, if we just take the time to do a little work on ourselves and view things differently, a dance career can be one that will last as long as you would like it to.



Reviews

“This book is a must read for any aspiring dancer or Musical Theatre performer. It should be kept close at hand. It can be your guide, reference point, confidant and your closest ally, for it can be a lonely road out there with many potential pitfalls. This book gives you a heads up with no stone left un-turned “
— Colin Charles - Agent, West End Performer, Prominent Teacher.
“Having been around in this business for what seems like forever - I am totally impressed with the drive that Taira has demonstrated in producing this guide. That’s exactly in line with what she teaches you to do as well. Read it...digest it & keep your feet on the ground. Perfect prep for that first warm up”
— Richard Ireson - Agent at Narrow Road Agency.
This beautifully presented gem of a book offers invaluable insights into the life of a dancer and the struggles one can face on their journey. The author has allowed herself to be vulnerable, open and honest when accounting her own experiences. She empowers, uplifts and encourages the reader to know they are supported with useful links, books, and knowledge that helps the reader connect to their own authentic self and reassures them they are not on their own. As an ex dancer I wish I had read this book when I was embarking on my journey, especially as I came out of training. She emphasizes belief in oneself and keeping a positive mindset. Rejection is hard to overcome for many of us and she effortlessly propels the reader through this challenging time.
An excellent read, friend and guide for all aspiring dancers.
— Nicky Davis - Ex Professional Dancer
The Pocket Guide For Dancers is an essential resource for recent graduates and emerging artists. It offers realistic and motivating exercises, useful tips and honest advice that will propel you in the right direction as you embark on your artistic journey. I wish I had something this useful when I first commenced my performing career.
— Sara Dos Santos - International Choreographer and Movement Artist.
 
On November 8th 2017 a new book, Pocket Guide for Dancers, was launched. It is available as an eBook and printed book written by UK dancer and choreographer, Taira Foo. Using her experience in the industry of almost two decades, Foo delves into all the subjects she wishes someone had guided her on when she started out in the dance industry as a teenager.

From building one’s image in an era where so much is digital, Pocket Guide for Dancers takes its readers, on a journey that covers online marketing; how to make connections; preparing for auditions; to handling rejection, in a way that is beneficial to one’s health and self-esteem.

A lot of research went into the pocket guide, Foo’s first book, as she wanted to put as much information at the tips of each dancer.
— NIDMS

Read the full review here.

Pocket Guide for Dancers, an eBook and printed book by UK dancer and choreographer, Taira Foo, will be launched in a few weeks to come. Using her experience in the industry of almost two decades, Foo delves into all the subjects she wishes someone had guided her on when she started out in the dance industry as a teenager.

From building one’s image in an era where so much is digital, Pocket Guide for Dancers takes its readers, on a journey that covers online marketing; how to make connections; preparing for auditions; to handling rejection, in a way that is beneficial to one’s health and self-esteem.
— One Dance UK

Read the full review here.

 

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