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