More Outrageous Audition Stories!
The most outrageous thing I was asked to do at my Cirque du Soleil audition was to learn four different combinations in four different styles, and then improvise to three different songs—all in just a few hours. It was difficult to completely change my train of thought and motion so many times in a single audition. —Allison Ulrich, cast member in Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS
Lesson learned: Stay focused on what is given to you at a specific moment and don’t get distracted by what has already happened.
A few summers ago I flew to NYC for New York City Dance Alliance Nationals. About an hour after I landed I got a call for an audition for West Side Story. I didn’t have time to run back to my hotel and get my headshots, sheet music or heels—I only had dance clothes, so I was just going to go without everything else in order to make it on time. When my agent called, I was told there would be no singing that day, just dancing (which is good because I’m not the best singer!). I got through all the dance cuts that day and when I thought it was over they asked me and two other girls to stay and sing. So I decided to channel my alter ego: a pop star. My former teacher Denise Wall told me if I didn’t have a song prepared, I should sing in a different voice because it would be better than my serious one. I sang “All That Jazz” like Britney Spears. The folks running the audition had no idea what to do with me. I ended up getting another callback though! —Jamie Goodwin, "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 3
Lesson learned: Become a triple threat! Take acting and voice lessons and add to your skill set by taking classes in other disciplines.
From top to bottom photos by Julie Aucoin; Courtesy Jamie Goodwin
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.