The 8 Dancers You See at Every Audition

No matter what you're auditioning for—whether it be a company or Broadway show—you're bound to run into a few of the same types of people over and over. Here are eight dancers you're pretty much guaranteed to see at every audition.


The One Who Always Has to Be Front and Center

Annoying as she might be, you've gotta admire that confidence.

The One with the Kind Soul

Struggling with the choreography? If she sees you having trouble, she'll be right there to help.

The One Who Already Knows the Choreographer

She's worked with this artist before, and they're basically best friends. Which means she probably has this part in the bag. Which means your odds are that much slimmer. Ay.

The One with the Insane Body

Seriously, are her abs real?

The One Who's in Over Her Head

Yes, dancers should push themselves, but at every audition, there's always one dancer who's clearly out of her league. (Enter the One with the Kind Soul to get her through it!)

The One Who's a Childhood Friend You Haven't Seen in Years

OMG! Ashley? From that summer program that one time?? How are you, girl??!!

The One Who Got the Part You Wanted Last Time

We don't hold grudges, but...

The One with the Perfect Technique

We just learned the combo five seconds ago, but she's already nailing it—and making every pirouette a quad? WE WANT TO BE HER WHEN WE GROW UP.

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Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)

In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."

Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)

Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!

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