“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
― Martha Graham
12 Tips to Prep for Summer Intensive Auditions
With images of pliés, tendus, dégagés, rond de jambes, and grand battements dancing in your head, a lot of young ballet hopefuls like you are preparing for auditions in January for Summer Intensives. Are you ready? Is this what you want? Can’t wait. What ... you need more time? Excited? Scared? So many emotions go into each and every audition!
Breathe. At Audition Dancewear, we aren’t just offering an assortment of the perfect black leotard styles to fit you, we also want you to nail your audition. So here are 12 tips from your friends at Audition Dancewear:
Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast
1-Too nervous to eat? We’ve been there. We get it. But what you eat and drink (or do not!) can affect your audition performance.
Why? Your brain needs the energy from food to make your body work right. Can you focus on a tricky dance step if your stomach is grumbling? How embarrassing! Nutritionists emphasize the importance of healthy eating at stressful times.
The right meal will energize your system and improve your physical & mental alertness. How many times have you heard dance is physical and mental expression? Healthy food choices on exam day include eggs, yogurt, and nuts. For more ideas read Dancer Marina Halama's Favorite Healthy Snacks.
Wrong choices? They can make you drag your body across the floor. We are talking cakes and muffins, which require extra time and energy to digest. Yes, also skip the short-term “energy” charge of things high in refined sugar, like chocolates & candies.
Audition Starts Before the Audition
What? Yes, you read that right.
The audition starts the minute you enter the building. You are requesting permission to join a team. The team will be watching you before, during and after your performance. They want to see how YOU fit in with THEM.
2- So, don’t be rude or cold to anybody when walking in, going up steps, in elevator, etc. Could be the director, the choreographer, one of their kids… just be nice.
3- Arrive early, calm and collected. Be late for this and they will wonder if you don’t take things seriously. If you start getting nervous, perfect time to start warming up, which will start blood pumping to burn off extra adrenaline.
4- Did you come dressed properly? Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, no skirt.
5- On the other hand, if you want to stand out without sticking out, so the judges will remember you…pick out (if rules allow) a cute colored hair accessory for recognition.
6- Do not bring in a cell phone. We know. You want to tell the world you are about to jump into an adventure!!! The unknown awaits you. Friends will help. No, they won‘t. Facebook, Snapchat, Four-Square will be distractions. You need to focus on the audition at hand.
7- In fact, don’t even audition next to your friends. You will be tempted to talk. You may miss out on something the instructor is saying --- especially if it is being said to you. Embarrassing!
8- Put a smile on your face and keep it there, even if your legs are shaking and wild horses are jumping around inside you. Stand tall with your arms to your sides. Don’t cross them. These are all signs that you are prepared and ready.
9- BE NICE. We said that before? Ok. We are saying it again. Clap for other dancers auditioning. Be polite and friendly. Show support. Besides being the nice thing to do ... If/when you get picked, some of these other dancers may also go to the same summer intensive..
10- During your exercise listen well to directions and comments from the instructor or choreographer. They are gauging how quickly and correctly you react to what he/she is saying.
After the Audition
11- After your performance, be nice (there’s that word again). Take any criticism with an open mind. How you behave toward a director or choreographer is considered. You are not the prima ballerina at The Royal Ballet. Maybe someday. But not today.
12- This is one some people think is old school stuff. Say “thank you” after the audition (in person if you can, or in an e-mail, or really knock them out and send a letter or card) --- no matter if you are selected or dismissed. They will remember you.
And, it goes without saying (but we will anyway) wear dancewear in which you feel good. Audition Dancewear has a great selection of black leotards and all are appropriate for auditions. Our gorgeous styles and quality fabrics are designed to make you feel comfortable and confident while dancing.
Just a few of the black leotards at Audition Dancewear!
Audition Dancewear is proudly made in the U.S.A and cut to order. Custom look ballet leotards and dance skirts without the long wait!
Eat, sleep, breathe dance. We’ve got you covered at Audition Dancewear.