This is a question we get a lot, so allow us to explain!
First of all, you do not need to bring a headshot or resume to auditions. What you do need to bring is dance shoes – whichever kind you have. Tap shoes, pointe shoes, jazz shoes, bring them all! If you don’t have any dance shoes, that’s fine too. Many dances audition barefoot. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.
When you arrive, you will sign in and get an audition number. We recommend coming at least 15 minutes early so you have plenty of time to find parking, sign in, and warm up. We do our best to get started on time, since auditions generally take the full three hours. Please plan to stay the entire time.
Each dance is auditioned separately. The first choreographer to audition their dance will explain a bit about the dance (story, style, theme, etc.) and then show a portion of the dance. Next, any dancer who is interested in being in that dance will get up and learn about 16-24 counts of choreography. The choreographer will teach the counts, then watch the dancers and take note of the dancers’ numbers. Each choreographer will have 10-15 minutes for this process, then the next choreographer will audition their piece and we keep going until we’re done! We generally audition anywhere from 15 to 18 dances during auditions.
Here’s a short video clip from the February 2008 auditions for our May 2008 performances:
After auditions are over, the choreographers will get together and choose their dancers. Each dance rehearses separately based on a schedule set by the choreographer.
Some tips for auditions:
The more dances you audition for, the better chance you have of being chosen for dances.
Try not to stand in the back, so you can be seen by the choreographers.
Don’t wear anything too baggy, so the choreographers can see how your body moves.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment in the replies or email us, and we will be happy to answer them. We hope to be dancing with you soon!