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Our Top Dance Audition Tips

Dance auditions can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Whether you're auditioning for a professional dance company, a musical theater production, or a dance competition, preparation is key to standing out and impressing the judges. Here are our tips to help you nail your next dance audition and secure the role of your dreams.

1. Research and Understand the Requirements

Before the audition, thoroughly research the dance company, production, or competition you're auditioning for. Understand the style, repertoire, and expectations. This knowledge will help you tailor your preparation and performance to align with what the judges are looking for.

2. Choose the Right Audition Material

If your audition requires a prepared routine, select audition material that showcases your strengths as a dancer while also demonstrating versatility. If the audition requires a specific style, make sure your routine reflects that style. Additionally, choose pieces that highlight your technical skills, musicality, and performance quality.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice

Rehearse your audition material extensively to ensure you're polished and confident. Practice not only the choreography but also your performance expression and stage presence. Consider seeking feedback from mentors, teachers, or peers to refine your routine further.

Bonus: Check out our tips on How to Apply Corrections Quickly - the ultimate demonstration to judges that you're eager to learn and improve. 

4. Pay Attention to Technique

Technical proficiency is crucial in dance auditions. Focus on executing movements with precision, proper alignment, and control. Pay attention to details such as posture, turnout, and pointed feet. Judges will notice your attention to technique and professionalism.

5. Warm Up Properly

Arrive at the audition early to warm up your body adequately. A proper warm-up routine can prevent injuries and help you perform at your best. Include dynamic stretches, cardio exercises, and exercises specific to your dance style to prepare your muscles and joints for the audition.

6. Dress Appropriately

Wear dance attire that is both comfortable and appropriate for the audition. Opt for form-fitting clothing that allows the judges to see your body lines and movements clearly. Avoid wearing distracting accessories or clothing that restricts your movement.

Wearing a bold color not only adds visual interest to your attire but also helps you stand out to judges during a dance audition. Bold colors can draw attention to your movements and highlight your performance on stage, making it easier for judges to notice your technique and expression. 

Bonus: NYC Ballet's Tiler Peck on the importance of standing out visually in auditions    —

7. Show Confidence and Personality

Confidence and personality can set you apart in a dance audition. Project confidence through your posture, facial expressions, and body language. Show enthusiasm for the choreography and let your personality shine through your performance. Remember to smile and engage with the audience and judges.

Bonus: Check out ballerina and mental health advocate Kirsten Kemp's powerful tips for How to Quiet the Inner Critic and How to Calm Your Nerves.

8. Be Professional

Treat the dance audition process with professionalism and respect. Arrive on time, be courteous to staff and fellow auditionees, and follow any instructions given by the judges. Maintain a positive attitude, even if you make mistakes, and focus on giving your best performance.

9. Stay Calm and Focused

Auditions can be stressful, but it's essential to stay calm and focused throughout the process. Take deep breaths, visualize success, and trust in your preparation. Focus on the present moment and immerse yourself in the joy of dancing rather than worrying about the outcome.

In audition environments, it can be easy to compare yourself to others. You're special and worthy of taking up space in the room, so never question your worth or what you have to offer. Choose to be inspired by those around you, rather than comparing yourself to others. 

Bonus: NYC Ballet's Tiler Peck on picking up choreography at auditions, being patient with yourself, and not comparing yourself to others   


Nailing a dance audition requires dedication, preparation, and confidence. By following these tips, you can maximize your chances of success and impress the judges with your talent and artistry. Remember to stay true to yourself, trust in your abilities, and enjoy the experience of sharing your passion for dance. Good luck!

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