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Odds are if you have ever been to a dance audition before, you have been asked to freestyle. If you have not come across this experience yet, then you probably will soon. It is very common to be taught a few counts of 8 for an audition and then to freestyle at the end by the choreographer. Or maybe you have made the first cut and now the choreographer wants to see more.

What is a choreographer looking for during your freestyle?

Your energy, your musicality or there might be something else specific that the choreographer is particularly looking for.

How do I freestyle?

You are a unique dancer, you have your own style and flair. This is where you would show the choreographer the best of your best. Do you know some acro tricks? Can you do any impressive jumps or can you turn like no one else?~ Now is the time do these moves and show your personality. If you have been asked to freestyle don’t panic, take some deep breaths before starting the combination, find the timing of the music and dance your heart out.

If you are worried and have never had to freestyle before, it is always a good idea to practice at home or in the studio when you have some time. Just turn on some music and dance!  The more you practice on your own, the less intimidating it will be do you in an audition setting when you could have the chance at your dream job.

Remember to have fun with it!

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5 Tips on how to audition

Auditions are the single best way to get yourself out there. Sometimes they can be daunting, but here are some tips on how to do a successful dance audition. Please feel free to leave comments or other tips that I might have missed!

1. Great a good night’s sleep the night before

Nothing can more important that getting a good night’s sleep before an audition. Getting the proper amount of sleep can leaving you not only looking your best, but feeling your best. You never know what is going to get thrown at you at your audition. Most likely you will be asked to freestyle or you might be given specific direction of what the artistic director wants to see different. A good night’s sleep will better prepare you for these moments. It was the first audition tip that came to @mattox1 on Twitter. Good advice!

2. Don’t look like you are about to take a dance class

When showing up for an audition don’t wear clothes that look like you are about to take a class. Wear something that reflects your personality and that makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd. As well ladies, you want to wear some makeup. Of course you don`t want mascara streaming down your face while you are dancing, but you want to wear at least some makeup. You want to fit the look of the company that you are interested in auditioning for.  Do your research **see the last tip**

3. Remember – the audition starts the moment you walk in the door

From the moment you enter an audition, whoever is on the panel is watching you. Are you friendly? Are you talking to other dancers? Companies only have a short time to get to know who you are and if you are right for the company. Remember, the company doing the auditions want YOU, they want dancers who are friendly, easy to work with and who makes friends with other dancers. Remember you are on display from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you walk out the door.

4. If you mess up – keep going!

This is to go along with tip number 3. If you make a mistake during the audition, don`t worry about it and just keep going! Most likely those who are running the audition are more interested in your style, your personality and how well you handle these moments like making mistake during the audition. Just keep going and show your love of dance!

5. Do your research

There is nothing worse than showing up to an audition not doing your research. It says a lot to me when a candidate gets into the interview process and has seen videos on YouTube, or knows a little bit about the company and the dancers. I had one dancer asked me during the greeting ask me what kind of dancing my company does. This is not the first impression you want to make on an artistic director or a choreographer. If you haven`t seen the dance company live at one of their shows, check out and see if they have a website, or a page on YouTube, or are they on twitter? With all the different social media websites out there, information is easier to find, take advantage of it.

Last Note:

If you do not get an audition, do not let it stop you from pursuing your dreams. There are so many reasons why a dancer does not get a part. The important thing to remember is that you are going to auditions and putting yourself out there. Just keep taking classes, meeting other dancers and have some fun with it! Best of luck in the future!