Everyone’s favorite dance show will be back for yet another season (that’s 13, if you’re counting) this summer — but this time, it’s with a major twist.
If the show’s “must be 18 or older” rule has had you waiting with baited breath to audition for So You Think You Can Dance, you’re in SO. MUCH. LUCK. This year, SYTYCD will be headed to the junior age group to find top talent.
That’s right, 8–13-year-olds: It’s your turn! So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation is here. The show will audition junior-age dancers to be paired with contestants from the previous seasons — so think Masterchef Junior meets Dancing with the Stars. We’re so on board with this (as long as we get to stay focused on the talent, of course, and the show doesn’t take a Dance Moms-esque turn).
Auditions will take place in L.A. on February 27, in Chicago on March 11, and in New York on March 18. In the meantime, here are five ways to make sure you stand out at your audition — — because we want to see you on the small screen this summer!
1. Dress for success. You want to look well put together with some personal style and, as always, make sure you feel confident in what you’re wearing. (Might we suggest a class Tri-Top and Shorties combo, or the head-turning Gisele Uni?)
2. Smile. Don’t wait until you get onstage or in front of the judges to turn it on. Be on your A-game from the minute you walk in the door.
3. Make friends! It’ll ease your nerves and will make the long day of waiting around a lot more fun.
4. Be yourself. Always. Shows like SYT aren’t necessarily looking for the best contemporary dancer or the best tapper. They want personalities with great stories and an engaging personality. Technique is important, but having a made-for-TV persona is key.
5. Have fun. Don’t stress, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Give your audition your best shot and no matter what happens, learn from the great experience.
Planning to audition for So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation?! Let us know in the comments — and good luck!
Top photo by Romark Weiss