It’s summer intensive audition season, and we all know it can get competitive and nerve-wracking. We sat down with one of our talented pre-professional instructors to chat her 5 top tips to help you not self-sabotage and nail your dance audition.
First, do your research and gather information. Review the school, company, or production that you are auditioning for and ask questions of dancers you know who have danced with the organization. Make sure you know all the requirements for each audition.
Be attentive and gracious. Often, we think it might be fun to do auditions with our dance friends, and it can be, but it also can be distracting. Plus, when you are nervous or stressed, it’s easy to forget to be gracious. Remember your dance etiquette, be aware of your facial expressions, breathe, and make eye contact with instructors. Remember to thank the panel or judges.
Wear a leotard that flatters you (color and lines), is comfortable and doesn’t restrict your movement. It’s best to keep it simple and classy, but do show off your neck, arms, and leg line. Stand out by avoiding black, but nothing with a distracting pattern. Make sure you check to see what tights are required. Auditions move fast. You want the panel to notice you and remember you.
Don’t hide in the back. The point of an audition is to stand out. We’re not saying you must stand in the very front or push people out of the way to get to the front – but be confident in yourself, remember your posture, relax, stand closer to the front, and give it all you’ve got.
Be well-groomed with classic tight bun or tidy ponytail (depending on the audition type) and natural light makeup that enhances your natural beauty. Don’t wear jewelry. Make sure your nails are groomed nicely as well.