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Every dancer will testify to this one truth. Auditioning skills are very different from performing skills. Whether you are auditioning for college, a dance company, or an entertainment position, preparing for an audition can initially feel overwhelming.
So what is that winning formula for acing an audition and landing the role or job you want?
Moving to the world of auditions, means you have stepped up, thrown your hat into the ring and declared you're in the game; all is well until someone tells you that it is all about looks.
But before you lose heart in the confidence you have built through years of practice, know that if you look good, you would feel good, and if you feel good, your performance as a dancer would be good.
Here are some expert tips to help you be a winner this auditions' season.
In an audition for a screen, a dancer needs to realize that acting for a screen needs to be subtle.The camera will catch any nuance and emotion and more so all the little details of your audition outfit.
Colors perfectly acceptable for an in-person audition can ruin your look in an on-camera audition thanks to the lights and angles.Red can make the tone of your skin look weird while blacks can be depressing.
Record yourself over a camera and experiment with the choice of outfit and color until you get it right.
In theatre or a live stage, you have to remember that the audience isn't as close to you.
In a large hall or group call, there will be other dancers jostling for space. Movements and emotion should speak volumes. You need to be able to stand out on your merit and with lights and cameras not interfering, bring in your unique style through colors and styles that flatter you.
Take the time to research what position or role you are auditioning.
Read the audition notice carefully, so that you know as much as possible about the dance styles, the skill set required for the job and maybe even get an inkling of the choreographer who is likely to be in the audition selection committee.
This knowledge will help you determine what to wear, what shoes to bring. Also, understanding what the choreographer likes or doesn't like can only assist you in being better prepared.
An audition for a ballet role will mean a leotard, tights, ballet slippers, or pointe shoes. If it is an audition for a ballet conservatory, a bun will need to be the hairstyle by default.
An audition for a hip-hop role, on the other hand, may allow you to express your personality a little more and a trendier outfit could be just the thing.
Be edgy, but, keep it clean and neat.
When auditioning for a role, it is easy to get carried away and wear a full-fledged costume. But you don't need to go all the way and that too at the cost of what looks good on you.
Be influenced by the style and the personality of the character but keep it versatile.
There are different types of auditions, and here are a few quick tips on what you could wear to each type. For a convention scholarship audition, simple, stylish and functional dancewear pieces, rich in color and which do not distract judges from your body is a good choice.
Team it with simple makeup and an off the face hairdo.
A commercial audition gives you more room to show bolder hair and makeup styles, allow your personality to shine through.
A classical ballet audition will have a sea of black leotards, but if the back of the leotard contains embellishments or has a unique or flattering cut, it can set you apart.
While tying a bun would be essential, adding a braid or twist in the bun would make for a stunning change. Light makeup and pointe shoes will complete the required look required.
A musical theatre audition calls for vibrant color combinations, a popular one being red and black. Team it with black character shoes and a bolder lip and eye makeup palette to grab those spotlights.
When determining a signature look or a put together tailored look for each audition, consider your confidence level. You don't want to go in with things that might shake up your confidence, whether that's your hair, your outfit or your makeup.
You want to stand out but not in a way that's awkward or obnoxious.
If you're going to emulate a character or portray a look, make sure it's an extension of who you are—it should never feel like a costume. Wear a dance outfit that fits you well but which may not be necessarily the trendiest outfit out there.
Bright colors are a plus and can set you apart from the rest.
Preparation can be the best balm to calm your audition nerves.
Research as much as you can about the project or choreographer. When a dancer is prepared, they tend to be more focused, more relaxed and able to show themselves at their best.
If the choreographer happens to be teaching at a local studio beforehand, enroll for it or at least visit to see his style and technique. Pay special attention to the dancewear his students wear to get an idea of the look he prefers and incorporate elements of that into your audition outfit.
Even though you may have to wait for some time, it's critical to keep your body warm. Stretch regularly, as you could be called to audition at a moment's notice.
If you find yourself with a lot of time to wait out, why not put the time to best use by having a go with compact exercise equipment like a resistance band?
So you have your audition outfit sorted, what about matching shoes, accessories and a bag?
All of this goes into completing the look. Make the preparation foolproof by trying on the whole outfit the night before.
Then, pack it all in.
Carry extra supplies such as hair bands, bobby pins, band-aids, other dance shoes, knee pads, or anything else you think you might need to last a whole day.
A dance audition is many things to many people. Some use it as a valuable learning experience, others as an opportunity to network with people from the same industry.
Whatever it is to you, it is invaluable and of course, more auditions mean more opportunities for landing a part. So no matter what the result of an audition is, take advantage of each opportunity and turn it into a positive experience.