auditions

Back in January, Starz announced that they were working on a scripted drama that would "explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world." Think Black Swan as a television series.

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

When auditioning in person is just not possible, sending out a reel is your next best option. But make sure your video stands out for the right reasons. 

 

1. Pay special attention to what a school or company asks for. If the directions tell you to show a barre and center, don’t give a solo. Show you can listen; nobody wants an unruly dancer.

 

I could spend days at a time watching old videos of Gelsey Kirkland. That lyricism! That lightness! She moves the way I dream of dancing in my most fantastical fantasies.

 

Are you searching for a company contract? Auditions are tough, especially in this economy. Anything you can do to get a leg up is worth it.

 

A ballet class is a ballet class is a ballet class…or at least that’s what I was trying to convince myself before my Boston Ballet company audition at the School of American Ballet. Despite the reminder from friends that I do pliés and tendus practically every day,e and that this day was no different, the atmosphere and my nerves made me feel as if even turnout was something foreign to me.

Jessica Gadzinski, a former apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theatre, shares her tales from the audition trail with Pointe.