Mallauri Esquibel is one of the commercial dance world’s ultimate it-girls. With her long, fiery red hair, insanely archy feet, and perky personality, she’s cemented her status as one of those dancers people are just dying to work with.
Plus, the girl works hard. She’s done Broadway (Come Fly Away and Wonderland), has performed on “Dancing with the Stars,” served as associate choreographer (alongside Marguerite Derricks) for ABC Family’s Bunheads, and most recently took over Jaimie Goodwin’s leading-lady role on tour with Shaping Sound. Oh and did we mention she’s friends with Taylor Swift? Mallauri was one of her dancers on the Red Tour and is in Tay’s Shake It Off music video (look for the cute redhead!). Casual.
Mallauri also happens to be one of the nicest, most down-to-earth chicks in the biz—and she knows a thing or two about acing a dance audition. Read on for Mallauri’s top 10 audition tips. (BFF-dom with T-Swift not included.)
1. Be on time. Your audition starts long before you start dancing. From being on time to how you walk into the room, choreographers and directors are watching it all.
2. Dress for the part and for your body. Take the time to present yourself in your interpretation of what you think the job may be. Whether it’s young, hip, and fresh, or more body-conscious, dress the way that makes you look your best. The better you look, the better you’ll feel.
3. Do your research. Every choreographer has his or her own style. These days, it’s so easy to pull up links or the choreographer’s reel on YouTube and check out what they like. Take their classes or work with choreographers who are similar.
4. Pay attention to detail. Most of the time there will be an assistant or multiple assistants demonstrating the combo. They are there for a reason. Study them. Monkey see, monkey do!
5. Be yourself. Don’t get caught up in what you think you need to mold yourself into being. You bring something special to every audition, and that’s what the casting team wants to see — individuals doing their work. There are things you’re right for and there will be things you’re not right for. Every audition and job teaches you something. Go in with a positive attitude and the intention of learning something.
6. Set your intention. When I attend an audition, I walk in with the mindset that I will walk out with the job. Your attitude reflects in your dancing. If you really want something, you can have it. Confidence is key.
7. But don’t act entitled. Success comes with the work. Don’t think you’re entitled to anything without putting in the work. Cockiness reads, and it doesn’t look good on anyone.
8. Don’t think the audition is over after you book the job. All that great stuff you did during the audition? Keep doing it once you get the job. The end goal is to really make lasting impressions on people so you can work with them over and over again. I pride myself on the relationships I’ve built. They speak volumes on your resumé.
9. Once you leave the room, let it go. Know that you put everything you could into the audition, and now it’s out of your control. So many elements go into booking someone on a job. Knowing you did your best is all you can do, and dwelling on what is and what isn’t doesn’t help. A clear mind and heart only prepare you for more success.
10. Love what you’re doing. If you work hard, if you are humble, and if you want it more than anything in the world you will be successful.