Natalia Makarova

Audition season is one of the most grueling parts of a dancer's year. But don't let cattle call burnout keep you from getting into the company of your dreams. To offer a dose of inspiration, Pointe peeked inside an open call for Boston Ballet and picked artistic director Mikko Nissinen's brain for his best audition advice. In the feature, he gives the best defense of falling I've ever heard: It just means he's sure to notice you. He also offered this tip:

 

Published January 28, 2010
In the studio during a coaching session at Finnish National Balletmore »

Makarova asks dancers to get into the spirit of the variation

Photo by Lehtikuva