Here’s a few tips for doing your best at the Coppelia audition on Saturday, January 28, 2017
Part Two: The Audition
Do: Be prepared
Do: Dress for success
Make a good first impression at the audition by being sure you look the part. Be prepared with the appropriate clothes and shoes, please wear a solid color leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers for the girls and a white t-shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers for the boys. If you are currently enrolled a BVI, its helps us if you wear your academy level color leotard. If you are on pointe, bring your pointe shoes with you. You may or may not wear them but be ready just in case.
Do: Be realistic
Try your best. Show us you’ll listen and take corrections well. Remember that when auditioning for a ballet, getting a certain role involves many factors including your technical ability, performance qualities and if you fit part.
Don’t: Psych yourself out
We’ve all done it. Not only are you watching yourself in the mirror, but you’re also looking at the dancer on your left and thinking your arabesque isn’t as high as hers, and looking to your right and thinking her lines are longer and cleaner than yours. Try not to get caught up in comparisons. Keep your focus on yourself and doing your personal best. Your qualities and strengths might be exactly what we’re looking for.
Don’t: Think that one misstep means it’s all over
We are looking for hard-working dancers with positive attitudes not perfection. If you make a mistake, don’t get stuck on it. Move on with a smile on your face and show us you recover quickly.
*Much thanks to Emily Macel Theys’ article in Dance Spirit
This is the second in a series of blogs about Coppélia by Lisa McCarty. Ballet Virginia International is currently in the early stages of production for Coppélia and very much looking forward to bringing this fun classic to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.