Ballet

Audition Advice for Dancers

Today I give you all of my tips and tricks for doing your best in dance auditions, whether they are for ballet companies, summer courses, for agents, Broadway, or other dance companies. I tell you everything you need to know. Many of you have been asking for this, so I hope it helps!

1. First off, do your research. Know things about the company/school/venue you are auditioning for. For instance, if you are trying for a ballet company, know the style they do- is it more of a Balanchine company? Classical? More contemporary? This will give you a hint of what the audition will be like. The same applies if you are auditioning for a summer course. Knowing the style will give you a heads-up on things. If you are auditioning for a role on Broadway or other theatre company, know things about that part. Know the character, know the purpose that that character has. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Not only will you be more prepared, YOU will feel much more confident going in.

2. At the audition, there are several important things you need to do. Going back to the research thing, know what dance items you will need- pointe shoes, ballet shoes, character shoes, etc. Make sure you have all the necessary items. If you come without these things, you will most likely be eliminated right off the bat. Wear something that is appropriate yet in which you feel your best. For ballet auditions, I would ALWAYS wear a black leotard and pink tights. This shows professionalism and that you are serious. However, it might be a good idea to wear something special in your hair. That way they can have something to remember you by. You won’t just be a number. : “I liked the girl with the red clip” or “The one with the pink flower had a nice jump.” This way, you are not in a completely innapropriate outfit but you will stand out. In a theater audition, you can get away with wearing something bright or more outlandish. Wear a special top, something that no one else has. There again, so they can remember you visually. No matter what you wear and no matter whay type of audition it is, make sure your hair is neat and tidy, your tights don’t have holes, and you just simply look your best.

 3. During the audition, PAY ATTENTION!!! Oftentimes, the teachers will give certain arms or a certain head just to see if you are paying attention. It is the people who catch on to these things that really do well. Plus, if you know the combination, you can focus on doing your best and dancing it, rather than trying to remember the steps. Don’t be pushy, don’t stand on top of the teacher! Trust me, that is never a good idea! When it is your turn to dance, do your absolute best. Show your passion and love for the art form. A company is not going to take you if you look miserable!

4. Take care of yourself before the audition. Don’t go on a new diet or stay up until the wee hours of the morning. You need to be well rested and well nourished. This is part of being prepared- they are looking for people who are responsible and can be trusted to deliver great performances. Also don’t smother the teacher or instructor as they are giving the combinations. This can be distracting to the people running the audition and won’t help you at all.

5. No matter what happens, remember, they are not looking for perfection. Just YOUR best. And if you are not taken, it may be because of MANY factors- they may only have a certain number of spots, they can only take tall people, or short people. For a role, they may need a blonde girl, or a brunette guy, or they may need someone who has a certain ‘look’. There are so many factors. Take each audition as an experience and something you can learn from.

2 replies »

  1. Hi Katie! I absolutely loved your audition help video. :) As for wearing black leotards in a ballet audition, I completely agree!! But what is your opinion on wearing a black leotard with a colored trim? I have a beautiful long sleeve black yumiko with a dark red trim and want to wear it to auditions but I wasn’t sure if that would be appropriate. Do you think I should just stick with completely black?
    Thank you so much!!! You have literally been such a lifesaver!! ❤️

    • Hi Gabriella! Thank you for your comment! Yes a colored trim is fine, great even. Because then they can say “oh the girl with the such-and-such trim”. It would be helpful. I actually have a long sleeve black with red trim, too. I love that leotard. So I would say go for it! :)

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