Our 10 top tips to ace your dance school audition!

By kirsty harragan - 02/01/2020

Our 10 top tips to ace your dance school audition!

Arrive early: Arrive early to give yourself time to warm up appropriately and do some breathing exercises. This prepares you for when going on stage and can help to calm your nerves. 

Don’t let a mistake get you down: Don’t get upset or angry if you make a mistake and try to maintain your composure. If it’s a group audition, chances are the panel might not have noticed it anyway! If they do, remain professional and bring yourself back from it rather than beating yourself up about it.

Listen to the director: Showing you can follow instructions is important, so if the director/choreographer asks you to do something, stick to it even if you find the dance simple; don’t try and show off by changing the routine.

Ensure your hair and makeup is suitable: Have your hair nicely tied back if it’s long. There is nothing worse for you, or the panel, than having hair over your face during an audition. Keep your makeup simple and use it to accentuate your features; remember you’ll be getting hot, so wear light makeup that will stay on.

Wear something comfortable: Avoid long clothes or things that could get in your way. Tight clothing may be ideal to show off your figure which is important as a dancer – don’t hide under layers of clothing.

Stay hydrated: Bring plenty of water with you as this will be important to keep you energised and refreshed. Bringing a snack full of energy is also a good idea for that last-minute preparation. 

Be enthusiastic: Smile and show emotion during your performance and don’t be afraid to make eye contact when appropriate. Remain friendly with other’s too as showing you can work well in a group is important.

Pack your bag with supplies: Along with water and a snack, make sure you bring spare clothes and shoes, plenty of hair bands, plasters, and even a small sowing kit – it’s better to be overprepared than underprepared!

Get plenty of sleep: Although you’ll be nervous, stay calm and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before. Pair this with a balanced breakfast in the morning so you’re prepared for the day ahead.

Don’t hide: If you’re performing in a group audition, try to stay near to the front of the group; it’ll be easier for the panel to notice you and gives you a chance to make eye contact and smile at the panel.

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