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SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Thu Dec 25, 2014 07:55 PM
Edited by Sabnycblove (271828) on 2014-12-25 19:55:42 Spelling mistake

Hi! I'm new to dance.net and have seen lots of questions about sab's summer program and thought I could create a post specifically for questions about SAB anyone wants answered!

15 Replies to SAB auditions 2015 help

re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By ballerina_bella1
On Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:55 AM
Here's a question: what do you think is the thing the auditioners notice the most/ what catches their attention at an SAB audition?
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Sun Dec 28, 2014 02:57 PM
For SAB's audition it's really apparent that they are looking at your body. They pay really close attention to the people with long legs, good feet, small torso, etc. The SAB audition class is very simple combinations. If you're older they look for very solid technique, flexibility, and the Balanchine body. For the younger girls they really emphasize quality over quantity. During the summer program most teachers ask for 90 degree extensions and one or two pirouettes. In order to catch their attention I'd be very smiley and try to be very clean and precise,
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By balletmac
On Mon Dec 29, 2014 08:49 AM
For the audition, would it be smart to wear a white leotard as opposed to a black one to stand out? Or would you not recommend that.
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Mon Dec 29, 2014 08:55 AM
Edited by Sabnycblove (271828) on 2014-12-29 08:56:39 Mistake
At the SAB audition the auditioners look at everyone so it doesn't really matter what color leotard you wear. SAB does like white leotards at their summer program. I would wear whatever you feel more comfortable in. Most people wear black leotards though. I would recommend wearing a high cut leotard. I would wear a black leotard.
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Mon Dec 29, 2014 06:52 PM
Just to clarify I'd personally wear a high cut black leotard, but if you feel more comfortable in white then wear that:)
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By S_H_A_O_
On Tue Dec 30, 2014 04:55 PM
Here's a question that I've always wanted to know: If you don't have the ideal body type for ballet, but you have a strong technique, would SAB be open to accepting you?
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Tue Dec 30, 2014 05:24 PM
Based on what I've seen at the summer course, there are a few exceptions to the SAB body type. That being said if you were amazing but didn't have the ideal body type you might still get in. Just because you don't have the perfect body, doesn't mean you shouldn't audition. But mostly everyone did have the Balanchine body type at the summer course 2014. I've just attended the summer course I don't know exactly what SAB looks for.
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By dncermama
On Fri Jan 02, 2015 09:26 PM
What SAB really looks for is someone who can dance Balanchine. Although someone can be really strong technically, they look for someone who kind of has a more jazzy type of feel to their dance as well. This is ontop of the ballet body and good technique...
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Sat Jan 03, 2015 08:38 AM
Edited by Sabnycblove (271828) on 2015-01-03 08:41:21 :)
You're right they do like people who've already danced Balanchine, but when I got accepted I had only danced vaganova technique. So not knowing Balanchine style isn't a deal breaker. :)
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By dncermama
On Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:03 AM
I don't really mean to be able to dance Balanchine right now. They are looking for someone who can dance quicker and have that type of flow to them...someone who could pick it up vs. someone who is very entrenched in the classical lines of ballet.
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By balletmac
On Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:19 AM
I have another question. :) For adagio during the audition, do they want to see high extensions? Or rather, lower but clean and controlled.
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:41 AM
Exactly:)
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:42 AM
Edited by Sabnycblove (271828) on 2015-01-03 10:43:40
They want people with the ability to dance Balanchine, it has a lot to do with musicality.
re: SAB auditions 2015 help
By Sabnycblove
On Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:46 AM
It depends on your age, if you are older they want the full package; high and controlled extensions. If you are younger only go as far as you can while maintaining a clean and controlled leg.

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