Dancing: Audition Tip #3

By: Corinne Jarvis

Auditions can be stressful and scary--I know, I have been to many--but here are a few tips to help you through the process.

Dancing at Auditions

1. Actually dance. Don't just go through the motions and do the steps, dance with soul and personality and character. Dancing with passion is how you get noticed in the crowds of people.

Dance with your heart :)

Dance with your heart :)

2. Think about the basics: straight knees, turn out, pointed feet, lifted core. Extensions, pirouettes, and jumps are great and very important, but, especially when auditioning for schools, good clean technique is key.

Use your feet, turn out, knees, and core.

Use your feet, turn out, knees, and core.

3. Apply all corrections. If the teacher does give corrections--sometimes they do not--or if they ask for something specific in a combination--say to turn out or place the arms in a certain way etc.--make sure to not just do it in the combination but try it immediately after they say it. They will see you working on it, and it is more likely to look beautiful in the combination.

4. Learn the combination. Students who learn the combination quickly are generally more attentive, can focus more on technique and artistry while dancing, and are going to improve more quickly, and directors and teachers know this.

Technique, musicality, and precision in the combination.

Technique, musicality, and precision in the combination.

5. FINISH EVERYTHING. Honestly, you should try to do all of this in regular classes as well (plus pushing yourself to increase extensions, jumps, and turns) but this is one of the most important things to do in class everyday (along with trying corrections immediately). Finish pirouettes, finish each individual movement, and finish combinations. Never spin out of a pirouette and if you do lose control then make sure to get into a confident finishing position (fourth/tendu/fifth) as quickly and smoothly as possible. Don't start the next movement in a combination with out finishing the previous movement first; it will make your dancing look sloppy. Always dance the combination until the finishing pose and then walk off nicely, as a dancer.

...and...FINISH.

...and...FINISH.

6. Don't show your mistakes. Smile, and move on.

Always try to learn the combination, but if you do forget don't show it, keep dancing and try to follow others/remember the combination.

Always try to learn the combination, but if you do forget don't show it, keep dancing and try to follow others/remember the combination.