Warming Up: Audition Tip #2

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.

Warming Up

1. Make sure to allow plenty of time to register and warm up before the start time of your audition.

2. Wear lots of layers as most auditions are in big cities, and you may have to walk from your parking spot or public transit (you don't want to get too cold).

Lots of layers to stay warm (also some people feel calmer if they have their own music to drown out the noise and chaos of too many people in too little space, so it is often a good idea to bring headphones)

Lots of layers to stay warm (also some people feel calmer if they have their own music to drown out the noise and chaos of too many people in too little space, so it is often a good idea to bring headphones)

3. Don't warm up like you were warming up for just any class, be prepared to walk in and do saut de chats and fouettes if necessary. I have been to auditions where the barre was only ten minutes long and some where I arrived only to have them tell me the entire class was on pointe. When auditioning, plies and tendus are not a warm up or preparation for center, they are a part of the audition and you need to be performing from the first second you walk in to the studio.

4. Extra Tip: try doing your own ballet barre before class so you are really warm and using the proper muscles.

Lots of of plies and tendus can help activate turnout and warm up your feet and legs, and if you are really pulling up you will start to feel more on your leg and your core will start to work.

Lots of of plies and tendus can help activate turnout and warm up your feet and legs, and if you are really pulling up you will start to feel more on your leg and your core will start to work.

5. Stretching is important but don't forget to start activating the proper muscles such as your core, back, feet, and inner thighs.

Don't just stretch, warm up your muscles!

Don't just stretch, warm up your muscles!

6. Remember when you are at an audition you can't wear warm ups either so take that into account when warming up, take off one layer at a time as you get warm so it is not a shock when you take them off for the class.