Healthy Dancer – Tips of the Month Archive

February 2016
by Claire Henley

Now that you have prepared before the big day (See January’s Healthy Tip), here are tips to focus on while you are in front of the judges on audition day. Keep reading for advice from SAS faculty members on how to succeed. Remember to stay attentive and confident – it will make all the difference


“I think the most important thing I look for in an auditioning student is that they are teachable. In other words, they can take corrections you give them, and they are paying attention, listening, and look like they want to learn.”
-Leslie Browne</em>

“When learning a combination for an audition, take it literally one step at a time. Learn the first 8 counts, and then your confidence will increase to get the next 8 counts and so on. Try to watch the combination once before doing it. Resist the temptation to dance it immediately. Take it in visually and mentally first.”
-Matt Williams

“Do not talk in the audition room and pay attention. When your name or group is called, get on the floor quickly and be ready to dance. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – but wait for the appropriate moment and give the choreographer time to teach the combination before interrupting – your question may get answered before you need to ask it!”
-Lisa Harvie

Photo: Eduardo Patino. NYC

“Always go to every audition so you can to LEARN how to audition. That in itself is an art.“
-Ashley Tuttle


“I can’t speak for every audition scenario, but personally when auditioning dancers, the things I look for are: a solid technical base, dynamics, focus, energy, texture of movement, and musicality.”
-Karen Gayle

“Look your best at every audition because you often dance your best when you look your best. Wear something you feel great in, but make sure it’s stylistically appropriate for the company.”
-Traci Finch

“You need to apply the work in class and step up to a performance level from the moment the music starts – Strong technique is crucial, as well as the ability to dance for an audience – both take hard work and practice.”
-Lisa Harvie