Last November, in NYC, Andrea Parson was honored, along with a handful of emerging young artists, with a coveted Princess Grace Award. And yet, in 2007, when she first auditioned for her dream company, the Northwest Dance Project (where she’s now a member), she didn’t get in. What she did leave the audition with that day, however, was perhaps better than a job. She walked out of there with the knowledge that what she wanted more than anything else was to eventually dance with that company and in that specific style. From that moment on, she gained the power and speed of a freight train that’s impossible to stop.
This February issue features Dance Spirit’s annual auditions guide. And along with Andrea’s inspirational story of determination and perseverance, we’ve got lots of tips and tools for you to take advantage of when you set out to conquer your dance dreams.
In “I Hope I Get It” (p. 50), Sheryl Murakami shares her top 10 dos and six don’ts for the audition room. (For the record, Uggs are out!) Then: Think your audition photos don’t really matter? Think again! See what yours should look like in “Picture Perfect” (p. 52). Finally, turn to “Eye-Catching Audition Wear” (p. 32) if you’ve got an audition approaching and still don’t know what to wear! In this four-page feature, DS fashion editors Michael Anne Bailey and Khara Hanlon show you a few real-life looks for your ballet, modern, musical theater and commercial tryouts.
Oh, and, totally off topic, don’t miss “I Do!” (p. 46). In it, you’ll get the inside scoop on five dreamy dancer-to-dancer love stories.
Happy Valentine’s Day and happy auditioning!
No-Brainer Audition Tips that Often Fall by the Wayside
Know your number: When the choreographer or teacher calls for numbers 1–10 to come forward and dance, please, don’t miss your chance!
Ditch the warm-ups: If you’re going to hide under bulky legwarmers and shorts, you might as well stay home.
Show them your essence: Whether you’re 13 and auditioning for a summer program or 26 and lining up for your 10th Broadway gig, bring your artistry. It’ll get you farther than you know.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.