If you've ever attended a dance audition, you know how stressful it can be. Sometimes there are hundreds of dancers just like you, who are looking to land the job. Whether it's a professional or non-professional audition, nerves sometimes get the best of us. Here's a few tips on how you can walk away from auditions with confidence, and even if you don't make it, you'll still feel like you did your best.
1. Eye Contact
Making eye contact seems like the simplest piece of advice. Similar to an interview, making eye contact with the choreographer (or dance captain, whomever may be watching you dance) can make a difference. When a dancer is passionate about what he or she is doing, you can see it in their eyes. Let them know you're there! Make them remember you.
2. Ask Questions (but not too many)
The scariest moment of an audition is when you forget what you're doing. If you are unclear about a step, you should ask for clarification. This will also help the choreographer remember you! With that being said, don't go overboard asking questions - you don't want to seem like you weren't listening the first time, and are taking up too much time during the audition.
3. KEEP GOING
We've all heard this one before: the show MUST go on. Even if you mess up, DO NOT EVER STOP! Even if your mind goes blank, keep moving. If you have to look at the person next to you for a moment, let that spark the rest of the choreography and finish your audition. Try not to make a face, or make it obvious that you forgot what you were doing... (if you don't make it obvious, the choreographer might not have even seen it! shhhh) Always keep going!
4. Keep Your Energy Level at 100
Auditions can be tiresome, especially if you've been dancing for a while. But it's important to try your best to pace yourself, so you can kill it when it's your turn to audition! People pick up on energies, and if yours is positive, you are more likely to make a great impression on the choreographer.
Auditions can be rough, and discouraging. But knowing you did your best will help you on your next one - you can only learn from the experience! If possible, try to get feedback when you don't make the cut. Improvement is inevitable!
Spotlight Dance Ensemble auditions will be held in 2019 ... dates will be announced very soon! To find out more information about auditions, visit the Auditions tab.