Auditions can be a nerve-wracking experience for even the most experienced dancers. But there are a few helpful ways to make them more manageable.
So here are our top tips to help you prepare for a dance audition and stand-out from the crowd:
Before you go to your audition, you want to learn about who and what you are auditioning for. The differences between dance companies can be huge. So if you are informed, you’ll give yourself the best chance of fitting in. If you’ve been told the choreographer in advance, be sure to get online and research their style. This way, you’ll be able to pick things up quickly in the audition. Also, researching the company will make it easier to know what to wear and bring with you for the day.
The ability to learn dance combinations is important when it comes to auditions. This is a skill that evolves with practice. Taking regular dance classes is an easy way to get experience. We offer a range of dance classes at Stage & the City, all of which will help you develop your craft. As you learn more new styles, you’ll find it easier to pick up new choreography.
Make sure to give yourself time to arrive, settle and warm up. As a dancer, it is essential that you get a thorough warm up to be able to perform well without injuring yourself. Arriving early will also give you time to learn and adapt to the space whilst settling your nerves. Use this time to centre yourself by taking a few slow breaths and tuning in with your body.
Auditions can be a nerve-wracking experience and it can be easy to be overwhelmed by other dancers around you. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that everyone is in the same position as you and every dancer is unique. Try to remember to shift the focus from worrying about others to presenting your best self. By focusing on your own unique attributes, you’ll begin to relax and enjoy the process.
It’s easy to forget that you are at an audition because dancing is your passion. People enjoy watching others do what they love so if you channel your passion into your audition, you are sure to shine. And if you’re not chosen, remember it is just one opinion of many. The beauty of dance is that it is an artform with many different styles and tastes. So try not to take it too personally. Take your feedback and see it as an opportunity to make some improvements for the next audition. Each audition is an opportunity to practice and hone your skills!
So now you’ve got your top tips for auditioning, why not join us at our auditions for our Contemporary Dance and Commercial Dance Companies.
Our new Contemporary Dance Company will be one of Stage & the City’s elite resident dance companies. The Company will perform in showcases, performances, private and public bookings and more. Dancers in the company will be taught intensive, challenging but enjoyable choreography. The company very much has a ‘family’ feel so you will be building confidence and making new friends at the same time!
Stage & the City’s Commercial Dance Company is a non-professional adult troupe. This brand new company will rehearse weekly and polish choreographed commercial dance numbers for fun and exciting showcases, flashmobs, performances and public-facing entertainment. You’ll be trained to a high standard, improving not only your flexibility, musicality and rhythm, but also giving your confidence a megaboost!