Even though it is only the end of October, Nutcracker season is well underway for most ballet companies. However, many
dancers, including myself, have the upcoming audition season on the back of their minds. And while auditioning can be a very stressful and tedious process, there are a few simple steps to take that will help you out in the long run. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Make Preparations in Advance
Now is the perfect time to start putting together your audition packets for all of the prospective companies for your dance career, both those that you wish to audition at in person and those that you will not travel to directly.
A good audition packet should contain the following:
• A simple head shot photo (from the shoulders up)
• A photo in first arabesque (wear pink tights and a black leotard for the sake of clean lines)
• A video of a two-minute long classical or contemporary variation based upon what specific company you plan on sending it to (either in a performance or in the studio)
• A short bio of your background in dance and your experience in a professional school or company setting
• Contact information such as your email address, your phone number(s), and your home address (these are all things that people tend to overlook when putting together audition packets)
This is also a really great time to start looking into actual audition dates and locations for various companies. Even though most auditions will not begin to take place until January or February of 2015, it is an excellent idea to start planning out where and when you will be traveling. It is also good to see if any auditions end up in the same city (which would save you time and money in the long run).
2. Keep Your Options Open
The best advice is to try to attend every audition you can and send out as many audition packets as possible. It does not hurt to also look into those companies that are not your top picks for you never know what sort of opportunities could wait down an unexpected road! Sometimes your dream company may turn out to be the wrong fit for you at this point in your career. And do not be afraid to take a chance, an offer with a company is an open door towards helping yourself grow as an artist. Here’s to wishing you the very best during audition season!