On Dance Auditions
Oh, it’s been a very busy week for me! My cousins from the Philippines flew in to visit, and it’s been fun staying up late and catching up with all of them! Aside from that, another highlight of my week is having my first dance audition for this year.
Awhile back, I would always go to dance auditions in hopes of finding a dance career here in Los Angeles. I never got call backs, and it definitely made me lose hope, so I just decided to stop doing auditions for a while, and just get back to dance training.
It’s really tough surviving auditions, since you have to be 100% all-out, cut after cut. And having to compete against other amazing dancers, it’s definitely hard, even for the pannel/judges (for sure).
So today I decided to get back at it, and it most certainly felt good! Here are some tips that I kept in my mind, for me to have a smooth audition today:
1. Research on what you’re auditioning for. It’s very important to know what they are looking for, be it the style of dance or the self-image they need. You don’t want to go to the audition and then realize you can’t do the style of dance they’re teaching or you don’t meet their height requirement. And researching on what they need will help you know what to give to the table.
2. Wear eye-catching and comfortable clothing. It helps to wear something that will catch the attention of the judges, but nothing too extreme that it goes way overboard. I like to wear leggings and a top that will help them distinguish me from the rest. Big prints and neon colors help a lot! And remember that you will be stretching and sweating a lot, so wear something a little cool and very comfortable.
3. WARM UP. This is very, very important! Nothing else will let your body move to it’s maximum capacity than a good warm up and stretch. This will not only loosen the tight feeling in your body, but it will also get rid of some of the nerves that you may be feeling.
4. Perform, perform, perform. Auditions are casting calls for dancer performers, so while learning the choreography, perform already. At this point you are giving your first impression to the judges, and doing your best right now will help you stand out from the rest. When it’s time to dance it front of the judges, continue to perform all-out. Big smiles are always an eye-catcher. I believe it’s more important to show that you can perform more than the fact that you’ve memorized the choreography. Don’t think too much on the steps, and make the routine look easy for you that it shows you’re having fun.
5. Enter strong, finish strong. Confidence is key! Enter the room knowing you want this, and exit as if you know it’s already yours.
6. Learn. Whatever happens in the end, the whole thing will always be a learning experience. If you get called back, then good! If not, then move on to the next one. Take every experience as a lesson for yourself to make you a better dancer in body, mind, and soul.
It took me millions of auditions to realize the things I should and shouldn’t do, and now I just trust the performer in me to do it’s job once i’m there. Until now I still get very nervous whenever I do an audition, but the pressure is a lot less now since I think that attending these auditions (even if I don’t get it) will help me prepare myself for more auditions in the future. And I hope that when I do, it will be the gig i’ve wanted my whole life. (Like maybe as a back-up dancer for a great artist )
Above everything, I believe that the way to a successful audition is the right mindset. If you come well-prepared with a strong heart, you will definitely own it. Whatever the outcome, dance auditions are lessons for you to gain more as a dancer.
In this post I will also share another dance video i’ve made, just because I was very inspired to dance, and also to refuel my passion. For this, I chose to wear this colorful, tribal top, and very stretchable jeggings. I love hanging something around the waist, too, because it emphasizes my hip movements. And of course! What dancer will not go for combat boots? It’s the best thing for hiphop dancers, I believe. Comfortable and very edgy!
This choreography was made a few months back for one of my previous crews, and since it wasn’t used in a routine, I decided to just film it. This is one of my favorites, so far, since it show my style clearly. Very sassy? Hehe. Anyway, I hope you guys will enjoy!
Hands & Feet by Keri Hilson
Choreography by: Sassy Cuna
Filmed by: Dx Resuello
Have a blessed week everyone! Happy Easter!!