Audition Tips 101: What You Need to Know

Whether it is your first audition or you’re a seasoned vet, everyone can use a few audition tips and reminders. So, here at MTD we collected ten of our favorites. 

1. Be Prepared

One of the most important parts of an audition is how you prepare ahead of time. Doing your research will allow you to get familiar with the program. Also, it is important to find out what materials you must bring to the audition such as a résumé, a headshot, or an application.

2. Arrive Early

The moment you enter the audition facility is the moment instructors begin watching. Arriving early not only communicates professionalism, but also it gives you time to warm-up and get familiar with your surroundings.


Insider tip: sometimes it is tempting to stretch out your nervousness before an audition; however, overstretching can be harmful to your performance. Setting a warm-up regimen in advance will prevent overstretching.

3. Be Mindful of Your Interactions

When you are auditioning, dance ability is not the only thing instructors are looking for. They also are considering how easy you will be to work with. Being mindful of your interactions with other dancers and instructors will help to display maturity and cooperative abilities.

4. Stand Where You Can Be Seen

Sometimes auditions can be packed and it can be difficult to find a space to dance. When auditioning, it is important that you have a clear view of the audition panel. However, it is not necessary to elbow your way to front and center.


Insider tip: if you are having trouble picking up the choreography, step back a few rows until you are confident in the steps.

5. Don’t Change or Add Clothing

Besides your number, instructors also remember you by your clothing. It is important to dress neat and professional. It is also important to not change your appearance in any way throughout the audition process–adding clothing or changing your hair. If there is not a dress code for the audition, wear a color that is bold and that you feel confident in. 

6. Soak Up Details

Be a sponge during the audition. While auditioning can be stressful, remember that it is also a learning opportunity. Instructors are watching how well you pick up details and apply corrections. If you are unsure of a step/detail, don’t be afraid to ask a question.

7. Exude Confidence

Ever heard the saying, “fake it till you make it” ? This saying holds true for auditions as well. Confidence is one of the most important assets a dancer can bring to an audition, even if it is fake.

Insider tip: practice positive self-talk to promote excitement and confidence.

8. Show Artistry

While having strong technique is important, artistry is another valuable part of being a dancer. Many auditions have an improv section. This part of the audition allows you to show what you are capable of, so don’t be afraid to show what makes you unique. 

9. Find a Positive Space of Mind

Auditions are exciting, but nerve wrecking. Finding a positive mental space will benefit your performance greatly. Anything can happen during an audition. Remind yourself that you’ve worked hard to be where you are, and give it your all.

However, bad auditions happen to the best of us. Try not to beat yourself up about it.

You’re not alone, so don’t worry and take that audition as a learning experience.

10. Thank You

Leave a lasting impression on your instructors and judges, by showing some simple etiquette and offering a thank you at the end of the audition.

Insider tip: Try to get as many names as possible. Thanking someone using their name makes it much more personal. Plus, they are more likely to remember you as well.

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