The Nutcracker snow and flowers costumes have just been put away, and now it’s that time of year again: Summer Program Auditions! They’ll be happening all across the country during the next few months. While it’s hard to fit in auditions with your normal dance and school schedule, a good audition may get you into a summer program that helps you reach your dance dreams. Here are some tips to help you be at the top of your game while still being realistic.
1) Major ballet schools will have auditions in a number of big cities, often at the same time. Try to knock out a couple of auditions in one trip.
2) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Audition for multiple programs so you have options if your first choice doesn’t pan out.
3) The earlier you audition the better. Schools can run out of space after the first month of auditions, so even if they wanted to take you, they might not have the space.
4) Look clean and neat. Wear a leotard that you feel good in – find something beautiful and unique that shows off your body, but nothing too flashy. Wear light make-up – don’t go in full stage make-up. Make sure you have all your shoes with you.
5) Do your research beforehand: if you’re auditioning for a school that is more Balanchine-oriented, familiarize yourself with that style. If you’re auditioning for a Russian-based school, know what they focus on teaching. In the audition, try to pick up on the style quickly.
6) If you don’t get into a program this year, audition again next year. If they see you again, they will be more likely to notice you, and it shows your drive to attend that program. Make sure that you thank the instructor after class. Don’t be too pushy, but showing respect can only help you.
Best of luck this audition season!