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A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING (karma: 163)
By xxtwinkletoez Comments: 1615, member since Sat Jun 07, 2003
On Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:00 AM
Made sticky by MIClogger (28613) on 2004-04-18 12:56:33

Audition season is here! You've decided where you're going to audition, you've taken your pictures, gotten all of your letters...but what do you do when the day of the audition finally arrives? Here's a fool-proof guide to the days we've all been preparing for!!

1. Breakfast
-What you eat for breakfast depends on your preferences.
If you dance well on a full stomach:
I'd suggest a breakfast high in carbohydrates, such
as pancakes, toast, or cereal. This will give you
the energy boost you want for your class!
If you dance well on an empty stomach:
DON'T skip breakfast! You're going to need
energy for the class! I'd suggest a light meal,
such as a smoothie or some toast.
Here is a delicious recipe for a filling breakfast smoothie:
www.dance.net . . .
Enjoy!

2. What To Wear
-Double check with the program you're auditioning for to see if they have any attire requirements. Most programs require a dark leotard, footed tights, and your hair pulled up out of your face.
-You may think that wearing a brighter leotard will help you stand out to the judges. However, it will probably just hurt their eyes. Refrain from anything flashy, the judges will see you regardless of what you wear.
-Avoid wearing new slippers, pointes or leotards for the audition. They may look pretty, but they will only make you uncomfortable.

3. Packing Up
Here's a list of things you may want to pack up.
-Extra leotard
-Extra tights (in case of rips or runs)
-Pointe shoes (if not specified, bring them anyway)
-Toenail clippers
-Toe tape
-Warm-ups (if they help you stretch, you most likely won't be able to wear them during class)
-Extra bobby-pins and hair spray
-Water bottle
-Tampon or Pads (better safe than sorry!)
-Arabesque picture & letters of recommendation (if necessary)
-Energy bars or snacks

4. Arrival
-Be sure to arrive at the audition site at least 30 mins. before the audition starts, but an hour prior is recommended.
-Large auditions such as SAB, ABT or SFB tend to be crowded, so you may want to get there early to guarantee a good spot at the audition. However, these large programs hold extra auditions if there is an overflow of dancers.
-While you're waiting for the audition to start, you can stretch or relax.

5. Nerves
-You may be nervous leading up to the audition, especially if it is your first one.
-My no-fail way to calm my nerves is to stretch. Just keep stretching in every way possible. For some reason it calms you down, relieves your stress and makes you feel more prepared.
-Also, you could meditate. This is what I always tell people to do. Sit and relax, close your eyes, and just clear your mind. Take slow, deep breaths. It really works!

6. During the Class
-Always remember that during the audition, every girl in that room is nervous too, just like you. Keep your confidence high, and the judges will notice.
-A typical audition class consists of a full barre and center, and sometimes they also have pointe. Check with the program you're auditioning for to see if they require pointe work in the audition.
-Dont forget to SMILE!! You have to make it seem like you're having the time of your life. If you look happy, the judges will be happy too!
-Don't hesitate to ask questions during the class. They are not only looking for the most talented dancers, but the most curious!
-Drink lots of water! A dehydrated dancer doesn't perform at his or her best!
-Last but not least, have fun!!

7. Results
-The time it takes to receive the results of your audition varies from program to program.
-Generally, results are sent to you from 1 1/2 weeks after the audition to one month after the audition.

Good luck to everyone auditioning this winter!! I will keep my fingers crossed for everyone! :D
-xxtwinkletoez

314 Replies to A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING

re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING (karma: 3)
By DemiJ Comments: 1001, member since Fri Dec 12, 2003
On Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:43 AM
Great post! Karma for you :D
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By Ballet4ever1 Comments: 467, member since Tue May 27, 2003
On Sat Dec 27, 2003 11:47 AM
Thank you!! KARMA!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By SophieBerrymember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 209, member since Mon Sep 01, 2003
On Sat Dec 27, 2003 12:16 PM
Karma for you, even though I'm not a Ballet dancer, because I know how helpful that post will be to thsoe auditioning. :)
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By ftondancer Comments: 151, member since Mon Dec 22, 2003
On Sat Dec 27, 2003 01:27 PM
Thank you so much! I have been looking for audition tips ad this was just what I needed!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING (karma: 1)
By pas_de_chatmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3857, member since Tue Jan 21, 2003
On Sun Dec 28, 2003 10:13 AM
Great post! It's less than 3 weeks to my first audition, eek!

~Cat~
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By Capezio86 Comments: 140, member since Mon Feb 25, 2002
On Sun Dec 28, 2003 10:50 AM
that was great advise! I will use that in my audition in january! thanks a bunch! karma for u!!

Capezio86
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By freedsbaby024member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 564, member since Thu Sep 25, 2003
On Sun Dec 28, 2003 05:53 PM
Thanks so much, great post! :D
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By Dancer_Melissa Comments: 487, member since Thu Apr 17, 2003
On Sun Dec 28, 2003 09:21 PM
Thank you so much! I'm going to be auditioning for a SI and also for my recital soon, so this really helped.

~*Melissa*~ doll face2
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By cecchetti_chick Comments: 617, member since Sun Dec 21, 2003
On Mon Dec 29, 2003 09:29 AM
this is so great! I rated you up! thanks!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By Echappemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 428, member since Thu Oct 23, 2003
On Mon Dec 29, 2003 11:32 AM
thanks! thats really helpful- i got auditions for colleges after the christmas break :)
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By dancergirl10member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1418, member since Fri Dec 12, 2003
On Mon Dec 29, 2003 11:43 AM
Hey,

I might be auditioning fo ra ballet school soon, even thou i JUST started ballet :(
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By ok0813 Comments: 24, member since Sat Dec 20, 2003
On Mon Dec 29, 2003 03:38 PM
Wow! Great post!
thank U! thank U! (*^-^*)//
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By futureABT Comments: 25, member since Mon Aug 11, 2003
On Mon Dec 29, 2003 05:25 PM
that wuz an excellent post and great help to me!
thnx a bunch!!!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By RattyPattymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 4261, member since Mon Dec 29, 2003
On Mon Dec 29, 2003 06:53 PM
Thank you so much.It is that time of year!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By darling_dancer90 Comments: 4070, member since Mon Aug 11, 2003
On Tue Dec 30, 2003 03:49 PM
Thanks so much!

-Michelle
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By balletbabe07 Comments: 1464, member since Thu Jul 03, 2003
On Tue Dec 30, 2003 07:21 PM
wow thanks!!! i think that should be a sticky! :D
i may be auditioning for my first SI this summer, so i'll come back and look at this before i go!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By Carrie87 Comments: 20, member since Thu Dec 25, 2003
On Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:01 PM
Thanks for the help!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By manhattanizedxmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 604, member since Sat Dec 06, 2003
On Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:44 PM
thank you so much! i really appreciate the tips since this is my 1st year auditioning for a si. :)
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By CASlovesballetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 60, member since Sun Nov 23, 2003
On Wed Dec 31, 2003 03:01 PM
thanks thats really cool.
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By ftondancer Comments: 151, member since Mon Dec 22, 2003
On Wed Dec 31, 2003 07:23 PM
that will be so helpful at my college auditions
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By onmytoes027 Comments: 15, member since Mon Jan 12, 2004
On Tue Jan 13, 2004 08:25 AM
that was a great post- it helped alot- auditions make me nervous!!!

~onmytoes027
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By Eat_Sleep_Dancemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 694, member since Sat Jan 11, 2003
On Tue Jan 13, 2004 12:26 PM
This is a great post really positive and helpful...nerves almost always get the better of me and now I know how to keep myself calm...I'm definatly going to try it...
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By DanzeLuvr4Evamember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 226, member since Sat Jul 13, 2002
On Sun Jan 18, 2004 08:23 PM
Thanks for the great post!
re: A Handy-Dandy Guide to AUDITIONING
By ballerina_bobby Comments: 193, member since Fri Jan 02, 2004
On Mon Jan 19, 2004 03:20 PM
thanks for all of the advice
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