Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

Feb 16, 2010


A headshot (as the name depicts) is a photo of your neck and face typically 8" by 10". Many times when you audition for schools, performances or summer intensives you are required to submit a headshot with your application. Headshots can be done in either black and white or color and can be done by a family member/friend or done professionally. Typically the results are much more satisfying when done by a professional. Here is my headshot that is used on the company website as I am an apprentice to the company:

I also have this photo in black and white just in case. Some dancers prefer to have their hair down and others prefer to have it up in a pony tail or bun. The decision is up to you! (Or the preference of your photographer.) You can have stage makeup on for your photo (I had a light amount for mine) and typically you would be wearing your leotard for the photo or a shirt without sleeves.

If you decide to have a friend/family member take your photo, here are some tips:

  • Find a nice, clean, solid-colored background for your photo.
  • You can use any camera but remember, the nicer the camera the better the photo.
  • Wear a leotard and tights or a tank top/camisole.
  • You can wear stage makeup but refrain from anything too heavy as this photo is close up and the viewers won't be seeing you from seats in the audience.
  • Smile!

Making It On Broadway:
Professional Headshots


  1. Wow! you look so pretty! i found your youtube file and got the link to your blog. i love ballet, and i dance it, but im really clumsy.

  2. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you found my blog and keep at it! Grace definitely comes with time and experience.