A lot of people will at some point bang their head against something. And when it hurts, bang it again hoping that it won’t hurt this time. Don’t be like them. Stop making these mistakes that dancers keep making at auditions.
1. Not dancing how they want: If you’re a dancer whose style isn’t sexy but they ask for sexy, then dancing ghetto style like you’re about to beat someone up won’t replace what they want.
If they ask you to dance hip-hop and you’re making everything light and airy like a ballerina you’re not dancing how they want. If they want you to dance like you’re floating and you make everything really grounded you’re not giving them what they want either.
2. Not dressing how they want: Similar to the above. If they want you to dress sexy, don’t walk in with pumps, baggy jeans and your punk hairstyle.
If you’re unsure bring a change of outfits in your bag just in case so you’re prepared and can change into another outfit to suit what they want on the day. Image is not everything but image definitely is important, make no mistake.
3. Turning up unprepared: If they asked you to prepare a routine to a particular song and you chose to do it to a different track then they’re probably wondering whether you speak English okay.
If they ask you to arrive for your audition at 11:30 and you arrive at 12 they’re unlikely to be impressed unless you’re lucky and the audition happens to be running late (which always seems to happen when you’re early).
4. Slagging off the client: You don’t need to be the biggest fan but if you’re auditioning for Mariah Carey’s latest video and you say that you think her music is outdated and she has an annoying voice, they probably won’t want you anywhere near her for fear of upsetting the diva herself.
5. Not dancing the choreography the choreographer’s way: When the choreographer shows you the choreography they’ll tell you the way they want it danced too. Most dancers just ignore this and dance it their own way.
If they want you to dance the choreography your own way and with your own flavour they’ll tell you. Remember this is their choreography after all so they’ll be casting a much more critical eye over it than any freestyle sections of the audition. If you want to do things your way, do it in the freestyle where you’ll be usually free to express yourself any way you want to.
Ryan Heddik writes an email tips newsletter for dancers and is the author of ‘Dance In A Pop Video’. He guides dancers on success with dance agencies, auditions and how to get further than most dancers ever achieve in their careers and even dance in music videos. Learn more from his tips at http://www.boxdancer.com