What is the Audition Process? At the beginning of each year, the audition process for summer intensives begin. Most professional ballet companies with schools conduct National Audition Tours to select those who are eligible for attendance to their summer intensive program. The audition consists of a complete ballet class, including pointe for those that are eligible. Some auditions require an improvisation component. Most require a head shot and audition fee. Some require in addition an "arabesque" photo. Those that don't conduct audition tours will accept video or in-person auditions. You will need to check for the specific requirements for each, as they do vary a bit.
Why Audition? Auditions are important for building relationships and gaining exposure to the dance community. It provides the opportunity to meet other teachers, choreographers and directors. These connections are important for those that are serious about seeking a career in dance. It could lead to an invitation to stay in the year-round program to become an apprentice working with the company or even lead to a contract as a company member!
For those not pursuing dance as a career, going away to a dance program can be an enriching experience. It provides the opportunity to meet others in the dance community, gain independence and personal skills in a safe environment, learn new repertoire and feedback. It's a fun way to prepare for eventually going off to college.
Who should Audition? We recommend the audition process only to those in the Upper Division (Level 6 to 8). We don't want the dancers to feel pressured to go away to other summer intensives. Therefore, we are expanding and developing our own program, exposing the dancers to master teachers, choreographers and directors to enhance the experience of those that decide to stay local.
LEVEL 6 Dancers in Level 6 should audition with the intention of building their audition skills. We recommend that they go for the experience but enroll in the LGB Summer Intensive to continue the LGB curriculum. It's important to develop the dancer's technique and artistry through a cohesive training method and messaging before they take off on a new journey in which they will gain a myriad of new information and ideas.
LEVEL 7 Dancers in Level 7 should audition with the intention of practicing their audition skills. For those that are serious about pursuing a career in dance, this is the time for practicing the art of auditioning. It is likened to a performance. Each dancer needs to be present of mind and body in order to stay centered while inspiring the judges through their joy and love of dance. This is also the time to start the communication process with the LGB artistic staff to set goals and intentions.
LEVEL 8 Dancers in Level 8 should audition with the intention of interviewing and networking. For those that are serious about pursuing a career in dance, this is the time to research the companies that best suit their personality and dance style. It is important to communicate with the LGB artistic staff to set goals and intentions, so that we are able to help guide each dancer along his/her path towards success.
Where should I Audition? We have put together a list of auditions that include professional ballet companies with schools, as well as other reputable school programs for those that want to supplement the LGB summer intensive. We also have included information for those that desire a university based program. If you'd like to request a meeting for discussing your pre/post audition options, please email theartistic director.