What To Wear: Audition Tip #1

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.

What To Wear

1. The number one thing when deciding what to wear is to choose something that is comfortable, makes you feel confident and beautiful, and that you can dance well in.

Feel the confidence!

Feel the confidence!

2. Always double check if there is a dress code for the audition as some schools have very specific guidelines for what to wear.

3. If there is no dress code, then you have to consider what color to wear. I am always partial to white as it is a classic and clean look that stands out, since the most common color students wear to auditions is black. Black can also be a good choice, it looks professional and is often slimming. I personally advise against anything too flashy--you want the judges/teachers to see you and your dancing not the sparkles, straps, patterns, and excess mesh and lace on your leotard, you don't want them to be blinded by the fire engine red or neon pink of your leotard. I think white, black, dark blue, purple, or green, burgundy, brown, grey, or even light blue, pink, or lavendar, or mint green--pastels--are often good choices. Wear what color flatters you and expresses your personality, but make sure to appear professional.

Pretty, flattering, and simple.

Pretty, flattering, and simple.

4. The cut: if your audition does not ask for a specific cut (some may ask for camisole leotards only) then you have another decision to make. I suggest something with an open neckline so your neck appears longer--no mock turtlenecks or halters. I also would avoid short sleeve leotards unless there is one you really love, that is very flattering, as it risks cutting the line of your arms and making your arms look shorter. I think the easiest option is to always choose a tank or camisole as it is a professional look, but long sleeve leotards can also be very flattering.

The open neckline and lack of sleeves lengthens the line of the neck and arms, and the light blue stands out without being distracting.

The open neckline and lack of sleeves lengthens the line of the neck and arms, and the light blue stands out without being distracting.

5. The fit: this goes along with number one in importance, as if it doesn't fit right you won't feel comfortable and confident. Never wear leotards that are baggy or stick out (meaning there is space between your back--or stomach--and the fabric of the leotard) as then the people watching the audition can not really see your body, and it is likely that you will end up looking heavier then you are...and quite possibly shorter. It is just as bad to wear something too tight though. It will look like you are spilling out of the leotard, giving the appearance that you are, once again, heavier than you are. Also the judges do not want to be looking at your wedgie, they want to see you dancing. You don't want to wear a leotard that you are constantly adjusting either.

6. Extra Tip: try a leotard that sits right below your hip bone to make your legs look as long as possible without being cut too high.

The leg line is well placed to lengthen the leg.

The leg line is well placed to lengthen the leg.

7. Last tip: remember they, the teachers and judges and directors, just want to see you dance. They do not really care what you are wearing, so don't stress out too much! Merde!

Don't stress, just dance!

Don't stress, just dance!