audition time

It’s that time of year again, audition season. I’ve written about auditions twice before on this blog, but I think it is a nice topic to revisit each year, since they can be so different.

This year I’ve decided to audition for three places; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, and The Washington Ballet. I’m sending a video to Oregon and Washington because it is just much easier for me. This last weekend I filmed my video and it was a very easy experience. For me personally filming an audition, if the circumstances are right is just much better. A main reason for this is because I have to drive at least an hour to nearly every audition I want to go to. It is exhausting and time consuming, so that is why I rarely go to in person auditions.

Anyways, I’ll be going to one in person audition this Saturday, so you’ll be sure to hear how it goes and any results I get by then. With that being said here are a few tips I have for in person auditions that you probably don’t hear very often.

  1. Wear What You Like- I highly recommend wearing a leotard that you feel really good in. By that I mean, wear something that makes you feel good because it will affect your dancing. I feel like most people think they need to wear something that will make them stand out, but I simply don’t agree. When you feel good and comfortable about how you look it makes it easier for you to focus on your dancing.
  2. Eat Something- Ok this might sound stupid, but just try it. Eat something, not a whole meal, but something small like a bit of chocolate or some fruit a bit before your audition. It will give you some extra energy so that you can really shine while you dance.
  3. Don’t Compare- I feel like no one ever says this about auditions, but DO NOT compare yourself to the people around you. You should focus on yourself and your dancing instead of stressing about those around you. No one ever says it, but go into your audition with you in mind and no one else (that being said, don’t be rude to people either).
  4. Enjoy the Class- Obviously you should be working hard and giving it your all at an audition, but at the same time appreciate the class. An audition is a time to experience a new teacher and get new corrections. Even if you don’t get accepted into the summer intensive or year round program, hopefully you got a good class out of it.

Those are my tips, hopefully it is some new information and not the same old “smile” or “perform”. Those are helpful tips too, but I tried to share some little tricks that will help you do your best, while also making sure you get the most out of the audition. At the very least you can hope to get a good class out of an audition and enjoy a new teacher. As you go through your auditions for summer intensives I wish you the best of luck!

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