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May 19, 2010

Audition Tips



(Re-posted from this past winter by request)

Nutcracker season is just around the corner! And that also means auditions are too! Dancers all across the globe are preparing themselves to audition for a spot in that classic holiday fairytale. Whether you’re hoping to be a “Party Child” in the “Party Scene”, or shooting for the “Sugar Plum Fairy”, every single one of us feels the pressure when we pin that number to our leotard and stand in first position at the barre.

Relax!
Calming yourself before an audition or performance can be a difficult job. Your nerves are flying off the walls and it seems as though nothing can harness them in. Here are a few tips for some quick ways to ease those butterflies in your stomach.

1: You need to visualize yourself doing well. Picturing yourself falling or slipping during a pique turn is not going to help you. Instead think of yourself doing that triple or quadruple pirouette, imagine yourself making that grand jete as high and wide as it can be. This will give you a confidence boost to reassure yourself that you know you can do this.

2: For eight counts, breathe in, and then for eight counts breathe out. Repeat this three times. I’m not sure why but I have found that it always manages to calm me down and relax my body.

3: For many people, it helps to have a good luck charm with you. Although most of us have learned the lesson that the charm is not really what is helping us and it is simply giving us psychological confidence, it is still a nice way of reassuring yourself that you can do well. Some good charms may be: A favorite stuffed animal, a necklace, bracelet, ring, elastic or even a person. Maybe your mom or best friend is your good luck charm. It could be anything!

4: If you enjoy yoga or meditation that can also help a great deal. Calming your mind and slowing your heart rate is the secret behind any calming technique.

5: Sometimes, listening to music can calm your nerves and take you away for a moment. (Just make sure you come back in time!)

6: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you don’t get the part you desperately wanted, it’s not the end of the world. In the past I have put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve a certain part and in the end I realized I had just aimed too high.

Coming Prepared!
Coming prepared to an audition is always the best way to go. And I find myself usually over prepared! (But that could also be due to obsessive compulsiveness!) J First, you need to remember the basic essentials:

Girls:

1: Leotard and pink tights. At some auditions you may be asked to wear a black leotard, but some may allow a variety of colors.

2: Ballet flats AND pointe shoes/pointe shoe accessories. (Pads and such) Some auditions only require flat shoes, but many directors would like to see your pointe work before casting.

3: Hair accessories: bobby pins, hair pins, elastics, hairspray, possibly a ribbon or scrunchy.
Now after you have your basic essentials, you may want to have a few other things on hand:

4: A towel/water bottle (Typically you do not need to bring the water bottle or towel into the audition room with you.)

5: Possibly an extra pair of tights and a leotard. (I like to have them on hand for big events such as auditions and shows just in case.)

6: Legwarmers and a sweater to keep your muscles warm BEFORE the audition. And be sure to take them off when the people running the audition call you in.

7: An iPod or Zune to listen to music and calm yourself before the audition.

8: EXTRA HAIRSPRAY/ GEL! Two things you will always need!

Boys:

1: White T-shirt and black tights and white socks.

2: Black or white ballet shoes.

3: Water bottle/towel (Typically you do not need to bring the water bottle or towel into the audition room with you.)

4: If you have long hair you will want to tie it back with an elastic.

5: Possibly an extra pair of tights and an extra T-shirt.

6: Legwarmers and a sweater to keep your muscles warm BEFORE the audition. And be sure to take them off when the people running the audition call you in.

7: An iPod or Zune to listen to music and calm yourself before the audition.

Now you are all ready for that big audition! It could take several weeks until you get a response regarding your casting.

Thanks so much to all of the people who have been following my blog and writing in with their questions and comments! Break a leg everyone!

Ballerinablogger~

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