Peter Sklar comes to scout talent and give show business advice

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  • Peter Sklar, Broadway producer and Hollywood talent scout, will come to Spartan Dance Center in East Lansing on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 p.m. to give local youth a free lecture on beginning a career in performing arts in his series titled, “Earning a Living in the Arts.”
  • Sklar has been responsible for discovering or coaching numerous of young performers including: Sarah Jessica Parker, Mischa Barton, Reese Witherspoon, Zachery Ty Bryan, Ricki Lake and other stars of Broadway, television and film. His credentials include time spent studying concert at Julliard School of Music and a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University. Sklar has been hosting similar lectures and seminars since 1984. Currently, he is producing an original Broadway musical called, “The Kid Who Played the Palace.”
  • The lecture will cover everything one needs to know about a performing arts career. Sklar will explain why his views are in synch with the needs of top New York and Hollywood agents and casting directors.
  • “Earning a living in the Arts” is open to teenagers, young adults, older children, and parents. There is no charge for admission, but reservations are strictly required and can be made at
  • Spartan Dance Center is located on the corner of Abbot Road and Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing, Mich. The studio was created by Tiffany Russell in August 2010 and provides a range of dance education courses for children and adults of all ages.
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  • “The people who sit behind the table are trying to decide two things: do they like you, and do they believe you. If you don’t feel good mentally and physically, you won’t open up and show us who you really are. When that happens- no matter how good you are, how pretty, or who you know- we’ve already lost interest.”

—Peter Sklar

  • “We are very excited to have such a renown name come to Lansing and provide a guiding light for the area youth in performing arts. I work with young, talented people everyday and am very eager to see what Mr. Sklar can offer them in terms of a realistic and informative picture of how they can pursue their talents.

—Tiffany Russell, owner, Spartan Dance Center

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