Tips for Your Juilliard Dance Audition
The time is (almost) here! Audition season has begun, and I remember all the little nervous butterflies that come along with it. My best piece of advice is to look at your audition as an adventure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so enjoy it! To help, below are my best tips to help you ace your audition:
Envision the whole scenario; the day from beginning to end. Start by seeing yourself walking in the studios feeling calm and confident, and end with you envisioning making it through the cuts to the interviews (for Dance). This helps keep your thoughts directed and focused.
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.
Make sure to take care of yourself the days prior to and the day of the audition. I remember feeling like I wanted to be in every ballet class possible, and run my audition solo a million times, but you have to give yourself rest and eat well in order for your body to perform at its best on audition day. Take time to relax mentally and physically – it helps a ton!
Don’t play it safe, especially in your audition solo. Of course we are all tempted to want to perform our go-to, comfortable piece, but it is better to push yourself. Challenge yourself with repertory, and put the practice in to perfect it. Part of the audition process is learning about yourself and growing, and this is one way to do that.
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!
Lastly, 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!
GOOD LUCK! Enjoy this exciting time! We are all rooting for you!