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Dance Audition Tips

Whether or not you are auditioning for a dance role, you will frequently be asked to dance in musical theatre auditions. Obviously, the more training you have had, the more comfortable you will be with the audition choreography. Even small amounts of preparation before a dance audition, like attending a few dance classes, will give you a significant advantage over the competition.

Make sure that you research the show. What is the style?

Appropriate dance attire is vital! You should wear the same color of clothing as during your vocal audition. If you are called back, wear the same outfit. Bring anything that you even remotely might need such as tap shoes, ballet shoes, jazz shoes, knee pads, etc.

Keep in mind three important things: weight, rhythm and acting. Your weight should be in the right place at the right time. If you have a sense of rhythm, you will be able to do the audition dancing required by most choreographers. If you do not have a sense of rhythm or sense of where your weight is, you will lose major points. You can also make your dancing "work" if you ACT your dancing. If you have studied your character, you can find a reason for performing whatever moves you are given. Think about dynamics in general; not every move is vital. Concentrate your energies in the key moves that convey the point of the scene. Use your DIRECTED energy. Listen to the music for highs and lows. And, lastly, don't forget that you can look like a dancer even when you are doing the simplest of moves - as in walking across the stage. At an audition, assume that you are always being observed.

Remember to GO FOR IT. Don't be hesitant. You've heard the phrase "if you make a mistake, make a big one." Complete your moves and focus with your eyes. Do not look worried. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!