Tag: auditions

How to Be a Good Reference for Your Students This Audition Season

Compiling a list of references is an important part of the application process for many schools, summer intensives and even company positions. In combination with an in-person or virtual audition, photographs and a resumé, recommendations help faculties and artistic staff make their decisions. With audition season right around the corner, your students may be considering […]

The Dance Teacher’s Fueling Plan for Audition Season

Dance teachers are on the frontline of a dancer’s journey through audition season. Celebrating successes, navigating rejections, and formulating backup plans are just some of the responsibilities that many educators experience alongside their dancers. But audition season is also a vulnerable time for dancers who may be feeling, more than ever, the pressures of an […]

5 Ways Summer Intensive Auditions Can Help Your Dancers Improve—Even If They Don't Get In

Last year, Kensington MacMillen auditioned for summer programs away from home for the first time. A longtime Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet student, MacMillen had spent previous summers at her home studio, but now she was ready to branch out. After auditioning for three programs, her first response was a rejection from Miami City Ballet. “A […]

Prepare Your Students for Their Best Audition Ever With These 6 Strategies

William Whitener held countless auditions when he directed The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and he himself learned from legendary choreographers Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse about what it takes to make it on Broadway. Now he coaches ballet students on these skills when he guest teaches around […]

The Audition Solo

What do college panels want to see? Solos allow students to show faculty that they’re more than just a number. “For Freshman/Sophomore dancers auditioning for the BFA program,” reads Florida State University’s School of Dance website, “solos should be between 1–2 minutes in length. The choreography may be their own or by someone else. All […]