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Dance Audition Tips

by Treva Bedinghaus, from About.com (Adapted by Marc Strauss; 9/16/08)

Whether you are auditioning for a dance company, a major performance, or placement within your dance school, auditions bring out the butterflies in everyone. Even professional dancers feel the pressure as they pin their audition numbers onto their leotards. However, being a little nervous can actually be beneficial, as nerves sometimes enable us to jump higher, or spin faster. The following tips will help you dance through your next audition with flying colors.

  1. Be Prepared
    Make sure you have everything you will need for the audition. Check the application carefully, following every requirement. If the audition requires a fee, bring it. Some auditions have strict dress codes. If there is no dress code, keep it simple. Pick an outfit you feel good dancing in. (Don't be afraid to wear something that distinguishes you from the other dancers.  It's okay to stand out, but don’t overdo it!) Bring proper shoes, band-aids or moleskin, hair pins and water to drink. Having everything you need helps you feel confident when auditioning.  Remember to include a résumé and headshot!
  2. Arrive on Time
    Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the audition begins, maybe even earlier. You will appreciate having the extra time to check out your surroundings if you are not familiar with the location. Use the time to warm up, stretch, and get focused. Concentrate on preparing yourself, both physically and mentally. You will have a better audition if you are relaxed and ready.
  3. Stand in a Clearly Visible Place
    Don't hide in the back while the instructor is teaching the choreography. Judges will be watching the room, seeing who learns the combinations the fastest. Show them that you can learn the routine quickly and independently. Sometimes judges will pick dancers who are the quickest learners, not necessarily the best dancers.
  4. Ask Questions
    If you are unsure about a combination or step, don't be afraid to ask questions. It will show the judges that you want to do your best. The judges will not frown upon dancers who ask for help. Asking for clarification is never considered a sign of weakness. Make sure and ask questions in a professional and serious manner, and make sure that questions you do ask have not already been answered. If you ask a question, make sure you make the correction. They will be watching to see if you apply the clarification you asked for.
  5. Stay Positive
    Most dance auditions are extremely competitive. Remember that you won't be selected every time, and rejection doesn't mean that you are a bad dancer. Judges are often looking for specific qualities: a specific height, a certain hair color, etc. Never assume that you were rejected because of a lack of talent or technique. Try your best to stay positive during the audition. Be yourself and dance your very best. Even if you are nervous, don't let the judges know it. Smile and show them how much you enjoy dancing. People enjoy watching dancers who love what they do. Relax, smile and believe in yourself, no matter how nervous you may be. And remember, auditions will get easier.

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