My Audition Story

My Audition Story

Hey guys!

We’re back for second semester, and I’m so excited to take you along with me on the second year of my Juilliard journey! I know you are probably super busy preparing for live auditions, so I thought I’d share my audition story with you today.

My audition was in Chicago on January 30th. It was at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s beautiful studios, and I remember getting there super early to warm up. Of course, of the 5-round audition format, we started with a full ballet class, and moved on from there. Although I was initially pretty nervous going in, as we moved through the rounds, I remember I just focused on enjoying the experience. It was so much fun to perform my solo for the panel, and take the ‘rounds’ like a class, because that is really what they are. The faculty is looking to see how you work in a learning environment; how quickly you pick up information, take corrections, tailor it to your body, etc. Don’t worry about being perfect, and if you mess up, brush it off like you would back in your home studio. Allow yourself to be as comfortable as possible in order to let your personality shine through, because that is so important in a setting like this. Don’t forget to interact with the other dancers as well…it turns out that 5 of my classmates were at the same audition as I was! By the end of the audition, I can vividly recall feeling exhausted but so elated. I was so proud of myself for the work I had done all day, and for the work I had done leading up to the audition. I remember feeling so grateful to have gotten to the final cut of the audition, and I was hopeful going into the next (long) 2 months of waiting for the admission decision!

I absolutely remember the nerves and anticipation right before the audition, but more than that, I remember the feeling of enjoyment and fulfillment I felt. I want you to have the same memorable audition experience as I did, so here are a few tips to remember going in (and to keep in mind while you’re auditioning!):

Your audition starts the moment you walk in the door. The way you carry yourself and your presence tells a lot about who you are as a person, which is as important as your audition itself.

The faculty WANTS you to succeed! Everyone at Juilliard is an incredibly warm person, and they are all rooting for you! They are looking for the best fits for the Juilliard community, and if you keep this in mind, they don’t look as scary sitting behind the audition table!

Also, don’t take the outcome personally. If you aren’t accepted or are cut, it absolutely does not mean you aren’t good enough. All it means is that it wasn’t meant to be!

Remember, this is more than a college audition, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so think of it that way. Be confident in yourself and what you have to offer the school, and dance your heart out! Hopefully, you will join this wonderful family here at Juilliard. We can’t wait! Merde!

Maddie

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