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Dancers, Let’s Be Honest About Auditioning

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Dancers, Let’s Be Honest About Auditioning

At every audition that I have ever been too there is this animosity and competitive spirit exuding from most dancers in the room. Everyone wants the job. Some of us have become friends simply from seeing each other so often at every open call, and then there are some who talk to no one and make the tension in the room that much worse. As you move through the audition day, this just becomes worse. Then, of course, if you don’t get the job, you consider why you have chosen this to be your life and consider quitting. This happens to those who are having a harder time with audition season. Well, I am here to say STOP IT!

Ladies and gentlemen, there is no need to beat yourselves up if you don’t get the gig and there is also no need to treat everyone in the room like they are your worst enemy! The casting directors know what they want before they walk into that room, so all you can do is go in there and give it your best shot. You also don’t have to walk out of there not learning anything. Use each audition as an educational experience, like a class, and walk out of there a smarter dancer. This still means you go with hair and makeup done, but you walk in with the mindset of “I am learning from someone within the business and I have to learn the combination, and perform for them.”

It is just like when you go take class at Broadway Dance Center, which has some of the best commercial dancers in the business come and teach class. These people are constantly looking for dancers, but you don’t go in thinking of the class as an audition right? Of course not! Go into the audition room prepped to get the job, but with the mindset that you are there to learn from some of the best in the business who can also possibly give you a job. Show your confidence, your talent, and most importantly be kind to EVERYONE in the room! You never know who the casting director planted in the room to gage the attitudes of the dancers. No one wants to work with someone who is rude to his or her fellow dancers.

Enjoy audition season dancers. This is what we have pepped for our entire careers! Be kind, be prepared, and absorb everything you learn inside of that room!


Meagan Kowlakowski is a dancer in the Aries In Flight performance company. Learn more about here at

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