We put together a list of Summer Ballet Intensive Audition FAQs that are usually prefaced by ‘I feel a little silly asking this…’ And, of course, all of us here at TPB want to assure you that there are no silly questions when it comes to auditions!
Nancy Davis and Michelle Davis provided us with the answers and a reassurance that if you have more no-such-thing-as-silly audition questions, they are happy to help! Talk with the TPB front desk if you want to schedule an appointment:
1. What time do you show up to an audition? Exactly on time? Early? If you are late, should you go in?
NANCY: Always arrive early. If you are late, don’t do it!!!
MICHELLE: Definitely arrive early.
2. What do you wear? Should you wear something to make you stand out?
NANCY: Wear our school uniform -boys & girls- for that clean-cut, classic look. Busy leotards with lots of straps and bright colors are distracting…
MICHELLE: Wear appropriate ballet attire with professional hair.
3. Should parents come in with you or should you go by yourself?
NANCY: For registration, younger dancers with parents, older without parents (or parents less visible). But every dancer should walk into the studio alone; parents should never go in the classroom where the audition is taking place.
MICHELLE: No parents, go in by yourself.
4. Should you prepare a resume or photo ahead of time?
NANCY: Only if required…each school is different and they always specify.
MICHELLE: Always check the website. Most schools don’t need a resume, sometimes a photo.
5. Are your chances better in person or on DVD?
NANCY: In person!!
MICHELLE: In person but that shouldn’t stop you from sending a DVD if you can’t attend the audition.
6. Where do you stand in class? Do you make eye contact with the adjudicators?
NANCY: Standing in front is good, especially in the center part of the audition. Eye contact is great!!!
MICHELLE: Stand where they ask you (usually by numerical order) and definitely make eye contact.
7. Should you thank the adjudicators personally at the end of class?
NANCY: Yes, always thank them whenever possible.
MICHELLE: Yes, shake their hand and thank them (if possible) after the audition.
8. Should you ask questions about combinations?
NANCY: It never hurts to ask a question unless it is a silly one! (In this instance, there are such things as silly questions! )
MICHELLE: You shouldn’t need to ask questions if you’re paying attention. Remember to always be respectful: don’t talk in class, always finish a combination, and never walk off.
9. How technically proficient should a dancer be before auditioning for a SBI?
MICHELLE: The earlier a dancer starts auditioning the better (I went to San Francisco Ballet School at 12). The sooner you audition and become familiar with the process, the better. Even if you aren’t ready to leave home for a summer, just go for the experience.
NANCY: Intermediate level or right around age 14 is a good time to audition for Summer Ballet Intensives. There are exceptions, of course, but around then is a good time to venture away from the nest.