When it comes to auditions—whether you’re going out for a role in the school musical, a convention scholarship, or a spot in a big-name professional ballet company—it’s easy to get overwhelmed and super stressed. But fear not: Jo+Jax is here to help! In “Audition 101,” we share our best insider advice so you can nail your next audition. Today: What you need to know before submitting your audition photos.
You show up to an exciting audition looking awesome, ready to throw down and impress the casting team. You nail the choreography and you’re feeling confident.
And then they ask you to freestyle.
Don’t panic! Even if freestyling isn’t your forte, you can still rock this crucial portion of the audition. Here’s how…
Confidence is key. If you look unsure of yourself, the casting team will be the first to notice. Don’t let ’em see you sweat.
Stick to what you know. If you have a great layout and look your absolute best doing simple jazz walks, do that. The freestyle portion of a tryout isn’t the time to try something new. Taking risks is good; testing out your switch-center leap (when you’ve never actually perfected it in the studio) for the first time, not so much.
Don’t just show off your best “tricks.” Oh, you can bust out 16 fouttés into a side aerial? Super! Don’t just do that. Remember to dance, not just show off. Being memorable doesn’t necessarily mean doing the most amount of “stuff.”
Don’t let “the competition” psych you out. If every other person takes the floor and does something similar, don’t do the same thing! Remember what makes you special and what will make you stand out to the powers that be. Just because “everyone else is doing it”—whether “it” is a turn sequence, an acrobatic trick, or something that shows off their insane flexibility—doesn’t mean you should follow suit. Do you.
Listen to the music. It can be tempting to launch into choreography you know from a past routine during the freestyle. It’s totally OK to be inspired by moves you’ve already mastered. But remember to listen to the music and try to emulate the style the casting team is looking for (i.e. maybe don’t do your tried-and-true Rockettes-inspired routine at a booty-shaking Beyoncé audition).
Most importantly, practice! As often as you can, turn on a random song and practice your freestyle at home, in the studio, even in your head. Practice doesn’t have to make perfect, but it sure will make you more confident!