Magazine article Dance Magazine

Fast Track to Auditions

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Fast Track to Auditions

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You've been working hard for many years as a student, and you want to enter the dance world with a bang. But lining up the right auditions can be tricky, and the auditions themselves are nerve-wracking. What's an ambitious student to do? Dance Magazine interviewed four dancers who were lucky (and plucky) enough to master the audition process and win jobs straight out of a conservatory-style school.

Laura Mead

Juilliard School, class of 2006

Movin' Out road tour

Whenever a company visited New York, Laura, who auditioned nearly 30 times her first year out, would send them an e-mail requesting to take company class--a tactic many dancers are unaware of. "These aren't formal auditions, but the classes showed me what the companies were about, and let them see me," she says. She eventually signed with American Repertory Ballet in NJ before finding her way to Movin' Out.

Mead suggests sending out cover letters and resumes with accompanying videos of class work, repertory, and improvisation. "If you don't live in the same city as the job you're auditioning for," she says. "You can save plane fare by sending them as much information as possible first."

Ebony Williams

Boston Conservatory, class of 2005

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

Ebony advises students to think positively during auditions by pretending they've already got the job. She also recommends auditioning as who you are, wearing what you feel comfortable in. "And," she says, "dance like it's your last dance. …

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