After recital there’s Nationals, and after Nationals there’s…the after-Nationals party? Maybe—and enjoy it!—because then it’s time to get right back to work.
Because after the after party it’s time for competition team auditions.
Whether you’re trying out for your studio’s comp team for the very first time (exciting!) or you’re a seasoned vet toeing the line for a 12th time, it’s still crucial to show up wearing your game face—and your favorite outfit. Here are five ways to make sure you hit your mark before, during, and after the audition.
1. Be on time, and know that “on time” means 30 minutes early. Give yourself time to get there, check in, use the bathroom, and warm up.
2. Dress the part. You should look neat, clean, and put together while following the audition dress code (if there is one). Wear what you feel best in and will help you dance as your most confident self. Now probably isn’t the time to test out a new outfit or try to break in a fresh pair of pointe shoes. If you’re allowed a little leeway in your “uniform,” go for a ruffled leo or a matching bra top and shorts in a bold color.
3. Smile. Be natural about it, but look pleasant, smile at your fellow auditioners, and generally be happy during all parts of the audition. If you’re feeling nervous or freaked out, it’ll show. Relax, breathe, and enjoy yourself. Don’t plaster a fake cheesy smile on your face, but remember to relax and turn those corners of your mouth up just a bit.
4. Be professional no matter what. Messed up the choreography? Keep going. Have a question? Raise your hand, ask politely, and don’t interrupt the teacher. Don’t think, “My teacher knows me already, this is just a formality.” Treat this audition like you would treat an audition for a job in L.A. or dancing backup for Beyoncé.
5. Say thank you. Thank the choreographer, the teachers, anyone who helped you out or had a say in your fate that day. (That includes your mom who drove you to the audition, the front desk staff who checked you in, and the friend who subtly corrected you when you were doing the combo on the wrong foot.)
Now go crush it!