How To Prepare for a Dance Audition

If you have aspirations to be a professional dancer then you will need to attend those all important auditions. Auditions can be very stressful so this article is here to give you a few helpful hints and tips to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity of success.

If you’ve got an audition coming up then you need to make sure you’re completely prepared and in the best possible shape. Auditions are hugely competitive so you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd. In order to do this you will need your focus to be on expressing the dance throughout your audition rather than focusing on remembering what move comes next. This means that knowing the dance off-by-heart isn’t quite enough – your audition piece needs to be second nature. The only way to know your audition piece so well is to practice at every given opportunity leading up to the rehearsal.

When entering your audition, first impressions go a long why so you need to make sure you’re looking your best. In order to do this, make sure you choose a leotard that suits the style of your audition piece and also one which compliments the form of your body and body shape as much as possible. By choosing a leotard which looks good as well as being comfortable will help ensure you give yourself the best possible chance of success at the audition. A leotard with an elegant cut will also help you stand out. Remember not to leave it to the last minute to buy your leotard as you will need to make sure you have plenty of time to practice in it so that you get used to the way it feels as different strap designs can make leotards feel very different to each other. The small details count too so make sure you choose a pair of dance shoes that look good and make sure that your hair and make-up are both appropriate and flattering too.

When you’re at the audition, you will need to take with you a CV outlining your experience. This should include your contact details including your name, address, telephone number and email address too. The judges are likely to be seeing a huge number of auditionees throughout the day so make sure you attach a flattering full length photograph of you wearing your leotard and ballet shoes to help them identify you when reviewing the auditions later in the day. Black-and-white photos can look particularly good but colour photos can also work equally well.

On the day of the audition you need to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the location where it is set to take place. Aim to arrive at least an hour before it starts so that you have time to collect your thoughts and stay calm. Arriving at the last minute can often make it difficult to focus and you can end up leaving the day feeling as though you didn’t give yourself the best possible chance of success. If your audition is early and you have a long way to travel to get there, it’s worth spending night at a cheap hotel so that you’re not exhausted before you even start.

So, in summary the key elements to giving yourself the best possible chances when auditioning are practicing as much as you can, looking the best you can, putting together a succinct but detailed Curriculum Vitae outlining your experiences and qualifications, arriving in plenty of time and staying calm. Follow these instructions and it should help give you the best chance of success. Good luck!

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