Magazine article Dance Spirit

The Art of Auditioning

Magazine article Dance Spirit

The Art of Auditioning

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One evening last fall, I attended an audition preparation lecture for the advanced students at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in NYC (where I'm also on the teaching staff). The topics of conversation: well-written resumes, professional-looking headshots and full body shots, audition etiquette and general audition expectations and tips. "Audition season is coming up," Franco De Vita, the school's principal, announced. "You must be prepared, and you should go to as many auditions as you can." He urged even the firstyear advanced students to plan to attend company auditions, knowing that they are perhaps a year or two away from being hired. "You need practice for next year."

The message was loud and clear: Like dance technique, the art of the audition is a skill that needs to be mastered.

Every year Dance Spirit devotes its February issue to auditions. We know that no matter how accomplished or established in the dance world you become, auditions will always be part of your life. Even the most successful Broadway shows close, and even the most talented dancers under contract with major companies have to "audition" for new choreographers and better roles.

Since first impressions mattersometimes all you get is a 10-minute casting call- we've devoted our fivepage fashion spread to "Your Perfect Audition Outfit" (p. 32). Fashion editor Lauren Levinson takes all the guesswork out of presenting yourself for your Broadway, commercial, modern, dance team and ballet auditions. Forget accessories (like hats) that can fly off, and ditch the baggy sweat pants that hide your body from casting directors. This year, we want your look to be pristine so your dancing, professionalism and personality can shine through.

Then, because you often don't get your dream job the first time around, contributing editor Lauren Kay tells you how to Ace Your Return Audition" (p. 56). …

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