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.
Yvonne Rainer's Parts of Some Sextets (AKA "the mattress dance") hasn't been revived since it premiered in 1965. Nor has Rainer had any wish to do it again, to ask performers to heave 10 mattresses around while carrying out 31 tasks that changed every 30 seconds. It was an unwieldy, difficult dance. (Even the title is unwieldy.) But Emily Coates, who has danced in Rainer's work for 20 years, became curious about this piece and was determined to see it again—and to dance in it. She will get her wish November 15–17, when the mattress dance will be performed as part of the Performa 19 Biennial.
Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.
"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."
Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.
Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:
"The show must go on" may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet's longstanding partner who sprang into action to build new floors in record time.