When you're anticipating a high-pressure audition, it's no wonder if your stress levels are heightened. And a little performance anxiety isn't necessarily a bad thing. But a recent study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that high stress levels could affect your confidence and decision-making skills in competitive situations.
Got Nutcracker auditions coming up? You might want to avoid texting right before you take your place at the barre.
Fascinating new research from Harvard Business School found that people who spent a few minutes typing on a small, handheld gadget were only half as assertive in follow-up tests as those who had typed on a desktop computer. They were also far more meek on an additional test that measured power and self-confidence.
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:
Artistic directors who hire straight from cattle calls are becoming an increasingly rare breed. Today, networking and building connections before the audition have become the far more common routes to a job. But how do you do that successfully? Our sister publication Dance Magazine has a great story this month with advice from five directors on how dancers can take charge.
Who else is hoping for a pair of ballet dancers to win “So You Think You Can Dance” again this year? I know I am! Season 10 auditions start this week, so tie on your pointe shoes and get out there. Here are the upcoming dates and locations:
Friday, January 18 in Austin, TX at The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts
Monday, February 11 in Detroit, MI at Saint Andrew’s Hall