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Presenting Yourself Well at a Dance Audition

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Dance Audition
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At the Linda Jamieson School of Dance, students have the opportunity to pursue dance as either a recreational or a preprofessional activity. Students from the Linda Jamieson School of Dance have gone on to successfully audition for Broadway productions, national ballet companies, and Hollywood films.

Whether you are auditioning for a competition team, a college dance program, or a professional company, the people watching want to see who you are as a dancer and what it might be like to work with you. Courtesy and professionalism rank among the most important qualities that you can show at any audition, and this means arriving well before the sign-in time and being fully warmed up when the audition begins.

Professionalism also means being courteous and warm to everyone you meet in the building, from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. You never know who is going to be a decision maker in the future, and those who are in that place now will be looking to see how you interact with others. Choreographers want dancers who are pleasant to work with.

The way you take constructive criticism says a lot about how you work, so be sure to accept correction graciously and make any changes that the choreographer asks you to make. Similarly, if you have questions, ask them respectfully and incorporate the answer into your performance. Your attitude will also be evident in how you handle the inevitable mistakes, so try your best to let them go and move on with an air of confidence.

Those leading the audition will also assess your commitment to your dancing. You show a strong work ethic by fully committing to each movement and by watching others carefully when it is not your turn on the floor.

It can also benefit you to have researched the school’s or company’s style, so that you can work within that aesthetic, but take care not to be a mimic. The choreographers or teachers want to see you, not a copy of someone they already have.

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