Preparing for the Juilliard Dance Audition
The truth of the matter is that chances are you’ve already done 90% of all the preparing that you need to do in order to give it your best at the audition. The audition itself is a rather intensive process, consisting of multiple rounds which go on for several hours, and the honest to goodness truth is that you’ve likely already been preparing for the better part of your life for this audition. Keeping this in mind, there are certainly a few things that you can make note of and prepare for ahead of time for your audition.
Let’s start with the technical stuff. Before you arrive at the audition you’re going to need to make sure that you’ve registered for your audition online. It is through this online registration process that you will submit your pictures, essay, biographical information and more. Completing this step is vital, seeing as otherwise you won’t be able to actually take the live audition! After you’ve registered for your audition, your going to need to prepare a few basic materials for the audition.
1. Your solo. This can be either choreographed by yourself or by a trusted teacher/choreographer. It should be something that shows off your strengths as a dancer, and above all it should be something that you feel truly represents you.
2. Your solo music. Make sure to have a plan A as well as a plan B for this. Your going to want to bring your music on a CD as well as have it on your phone just in case.
And that’s it for the technical stuff! Since you’ve already submitted all of the nitty gritty stuff online there isn’t much else you need, just make sure to follow all of the instructions that are given to you when completing the online forms. (These can be found on the Juilliard website in the dance division section.) Now let us move on to the more practical elements of preparing for your audition.
1. You should make sure that you’ve been taking class consistently leading up to your audition. It would be a difficult run if you had to do the audition while you were out of shape, so make sure to go to class and keep up with your stamina!
2. Bring some snacks to the audition. In all seriousness, the process does take several hours and you do get a chance for short breaks in between rounds. Trust me when I say that tiny granola bar can go a long way when it comes to powering you through the next round.
3. Sleep well the night before! This seems obvious but I cannot overstate how important it is to be well rested for this. You will need your mind to be just as awake as your body. (After all, mind over matter.)
4. Pack your bag the night before. This is a super great way to make sure you don’t forget anything and will help to put your mind at ease. Make sure to double check that you have everything before you leave for the audition!
5. Be yourself. This is the most important one. You must remember when getting ready to audition that not only are the faculty checking to see if you are a good fit for Juilliard, but they are also checking to see if Juilliard is a good fit for you. In cases like this you want to be your truest self possible, so don’t hold anything back or try to be something you aren’t! Just be you!
That pretty much concludes my tips for getting ready to audition, as a dancer it is a pretty straight forward process as the only thing you need to have prepared before hand is your solo, so don’t stress to much and go to the audition with the intention of being the best possible version of you that you can be. If your planning to audition but haven’t yet done the online registration… Go do that now! Thanks as always for reading this weeks post and make sure to check back next week for more great posts!
Juilliard Dance 2020