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! Check back each month for “Audition 101,” where we’ll share our best insider advice so you can nail your next audition. First up: the dos and don’ts of picking a perfect audition outfit.
First and foremost: Read the casting notice oh so carefully. If it’s clearly stated that dancers must wear a black leotard and pink tights, that means a black leotard and pink tights. Not a white leotard with black polka dots, or white tights with pink seams. Black leo, pink tights. Read the rules and follow them. Don’t let your tryout get sidelined by something simple.
DO wear something you love. You’ll exude confidence if you’re wearing your favorite outfit. Trust.
DON’T wear something you’ve never danced in. Those booty shorts probably look great, but dance in them to be sure they look and feel great on you. You don’t want to be distracted during the audition because your shorts are riding up or you’re busting out of your crop top.
DO look polished. If you’re at a ballet audition, especially, your hair should be slicked back into a bun or twist. But even if you’re trying out for a hip-hop company, your appearance should be tidy. Shoelaces tied, wispies sprayed, and accessories secured (never risk hitting an auditioner with a flying bracelet or earring!).
DON’T forget your shoes! Bring ballet shoes, pointe shoes, heels, flats, and any other shoes you know how to dance in. You never know when a casting director might say, “We love you for the part—but can you time step?”
DO opt for a standout signature color. If you look great in teal or burgundy, wear teal or burgundy. Unless the audition dress code says to wear a specific color, choose something muted but with a “remember me” factor (think a hint of lace or a sheer panel).
DON’T opt for 12 standout colors. You want to be remembered as “the girl in the teal leotard,” not “the girl in the teal leotard that didn’t match her red, yellow, and orange skirt.”
DO dress the part. If you’re auditioning to play Anita in West Side Story, get into character with a sassy dress or a full skirt and heels. You’re not going to convince the casting panel that you’d make a great leading lady if you’re dressed to blend into the background.
Now suit up and go knock their socks off!