Become a Cruise Ship Entertainer

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Become a Cruise Ship Dance Host and Entertainer

 
 

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  1. Create a professional actor's resume. Include your contact information and physical traits. (height, weight, hair and eye color, and voice type). List your performing experience, training in performance arts, special skills such as dialects or athletic abilities.

  2. Have a professional headshot taken. Bring several different looks to the photo shoot, ensuring a great photo. For cruise ship jobs it’s advisable to have some full body shots taken, as most producers are adamant that their singers and dancers be in good physical shape.

  3. Purchase the industry trade paper called “Backstage.” Find cruise ship auditions listed in the “Non-equity Stage” section. If you primarily sing, look for the call time for singers. Conversely, look for the dancer call time if you are primarily a dancer. In either case, you will be called upon to do both.

  4. Prepare your best 16 bars of an up tempo song and a ballad. Be sure to choose songs in a style best suited to your voice. If you work in a cruise ship show, you will be required to sing many different styles of music. Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to bring many styles with you, especially musical theater and pop.

  5. Wear your smart casual outfit if you are a singer, and your dance wear if you are a dancer. Try to get to the audition an hour before your scheduled audition time. Find the holding room and sign in. When you name is called as a singer, enter the audition room, and immediately give your music to the pianist and inform him of your desired tempo if necessary. If the monitor has not given your headshot and resume to the audition panel, give it to the person sitting in the center of the panel as you greet them. Stand on the "x " in the center of the room. When everyone on the panel is looking at you, nod to the pianist to begin your first song. The panel will let you know what to do next and what if anything else they need to hear. "Thank you" is your cue to exit. They may tell you to return at a designated time, to dance, called a callback audition which is a good sign. If you are a dancer, you may be asked to return to sing.

  6. Return for the callback audition with enough time to change and stretch if you are dancing. Wait in the holding room until you are called into the audition room again. Follow Step 5 if you are returning to sing. If you are dancing, stand as close to the front of the group as you can in order to both see the choreography being taught, and to be seen by the audition panel for as long as possible. The choreographer will put dancers in small groups to perform the combination for the panel. Smile, and dance your heart out, even if you are unsure of the steps. Give it all you've got! The panel will again let you know what else they may need from you. Wait for a phone call and prepare for the trip of a life time!!

Are you an avid ballroom, swing, or square dancer? If so, have you ever considered a cruise? Cruise lovers are often dance lovers, and a cruise offers a great opportunity to sharpen your skills at sea. There are usually one or more sites on a ship that offer you a chance to dance. In addition, most ships feature a variety of music, so everyone can find their favorite type of music to dance to. You don't even have to "bring your own partner" to enjoy dancing at sea.

The classic cruise liners like the Norway and the Queen Elizabeth II were designed for the formal cruiser who wanted to dress up for dinner and then dance the night away. They have ballrooms that cater to dancers. Newer ships often have more bars and clubs, but the dance floor size might be limited. In addition, today's cruise ships have so many onboard activities to choose from that dancing is only one option of many to pick from while cruising.

Today's cruise passenger is different from the passenger of 25 years ago. Cruise prices have remained somewhat flat as more ships have been built. As our society has become more affluent, this has opened up cruising as a vacation option for more and more of us. The baby boomer generation (and the generation X'ers to follow) want lots of variety in shipboard activities, ports of call, dining options, and onboard music. Today's cruiser is often very active, and dancing has become a favorite way to exercise for many seniors (and others). Dancing is so much fun that cruisers don't even realize that they are getting a great cardiovascular workout! Dance also gives passengers a chance to burn off the calories from some of those lavish cruise dinners.

Let's say you are planning a cruise and your dance skills are rusty or non-existent. There are several options. You can take lessons at home at a private dance studio or community center. There are also video tapes and Internet programs that will teach you to dance. Don't worry, though, if you don't get time to practice before you sail. There will be many others who also haven't danced since the prom (or their last cruise). You can have fun together learning new steps. Many ships offer dance lessons on board, so you can take lessons and try out what you've learned all in the same trip.

Being single doesn't prevent you from dancing at sea. Many cruise ships feature a dance host program. These dance hosts usually get to sail for free in exchange for serving as dance partners for single women (and sometimes men) on board. Several companies such as the Gentlemen Host Program and Ballroom Dancing Without Partners provide pre-screened, skilled dancers for ships. Tour companies that specialize in dance-themed trips also sometimes provide dance hosts as part of their tour package.

Onboard dance facilities vary greatly among ships. As noted above, some of the classic liners like the Norway and the QE2 cater to ballroom dance lovers. They both have good dance floors and great dance music. You can't just go by the age or the size of the ship, however. Nor can you always tell how good the dance facilities are by the cruise line brochures. The good thing is that almost all cruise ships have dance opportunities of some sort, but the bad thing is that the number of hours per day, the music variety, or the dance facilities can vary from ship to ship, not just amongst cruise lines. If dancing is very important to you, work with your travel agent to research the dance options among cruise ships. You or your agent may need to contact the ship to clarify what is outlined about dance options in the official brochure. If a ship has dance hosts or dance-themed cruises, it is probably serious about attracting dancers. The cruise line should also be able to tell you the numbers of hours dancing is available each day, the types of music, and a description of the facilities. One word of caution. Sometimes dance-themed cruises are so popular with dancers that you can't find a spot on the dance floor! Cruises with a "big band" or other music theme will also attract many dance lovers. Check out the Web sites of dance cruise resources in the box at the right. They will help you become more informed about dancing at sea.

Most cruise ships have dancing available from three to five hours daily, with a wide variety of music scattered in the lounges and rooms throughout the ship. Most have wood floors, but some of the floors are elevated, not flat. Many have dance hosts, but sometimes they are only on "selected sailings".

What does all of this mean? It means that like everything else on cruising, you need to determine how important good dancing is to you. If it is very important, do your research. Decide if you want a dance-themed cruise, a cruise dance tour, or just good opportunities to dance onboard. Book you trip. Finally, and most important, don't forget to pack your favorite dancing shoes! 

  1. Explore what the job of dance host includes. What are the requirements and find out what one man experienced during a three week cruise by checking two articles from Internet magazines.

  2. Read the book "You Could be at Sea Dance Hosting" by Vanley Hughey to further glean an understanding of dance hosting.

  3. Check a cruise ship employment agency to see if there are positions available. Find out how long a waiting list there is, where cruises are going, and if there are any specific requirements for specific companies.

  4. Brush up on your dancing steps and check to see if there are any popular dances that you do not know. Begin to get yourself into physical condition to be able to dance the night away. Make an appointment with a local dance studio for a review and some practice.

  5. Check one of the websites that offers lists of people who have worked at the job. Contact one of them and discuss his experiences and his company.

  6. Submit your application, continue to polish your dance steps, practice small talk. Watch all the Fred Astaire movies you can sing along, "Heaven, I'm in heaven, and my heart beats so."

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