The 8 Dancers You See at Every Audition

No matter what you're auditioning for—whether it be a company or Broadway show—you're bound to run into a few of the same types of people over and over. Here are eight dancers you're pretty much guaranteed to see at every audition.


The One Who Always Has to Be Front and Center

Annoying as she might be, you've gotta admire that confidence.

The One with the Kind Soul

Struggling with the choreography? If she sees you having trouble, she'll be right there to help.

The One Who Already Knows the Choreographer

She's worked with this artist before, and they're basically best friends. Which means she probably has this part in the bag. Which means your odds are that much slimmer. Ay.

The One with the Insane Body

Seriously, are her abs real?

The One Who's in Over Her Head

Yes, dancers should push themselves, but at every audition, there's always one dancer who's clearly out of her league. (Enter the One with the Kind Soul to get her through it!)

The One Who's a Childhood Friend You Haven't Seen in Years

OMG! Ashley? From that summer program that one time?? How are you, girl??!!

The One Who Got the Part You Wanted Last Time

We don't hold grudges, but...

The One with the Perfect Technique

We just learned the combo five seconds ago, but she's already nailing it—and making every pirouette a quad? WE WANT TO BE HER WHEN WE GROW UP.

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

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December 2020