Believe It Or Not, Sending A Video Audition Has Its Perks
Sending a video audition gives you more control over the process. Photo by ShareGrid via Unsplash
Not being able to attend the in-person audition at your top college can feel like the end of the world. But while it's true that going to the live audition is ideal, you can still make the best out of sending a video. Here are some of the perks:
Calm your nerves.
A typical audition setting is nerve-wracking for many dancers. Photo by Evolve Photo Video, Courtesy NYCDA
Unlike at an in-person audition, you aren't performing in front of a panel, so relax!
Get a do-over.
With video, you can film the combination multiple times and pick the best run. Photo by Ahmad Odeh via Unsplash
Totally blow a combination? Film it again. Just keep in mind that faculty members are well aware that they probably aren't watching the first take. Don't get wrapped up in aiming for absolute perfection.
Choose your own material.
Choose simple steps that you know you're good at. Photo by Jesse Ballanty via Unsplash
Pick combinations that you're comfortable with and that show off your range. Don't try to impress the faculty with anything overly complicated, says Susie Thiel, director of dance at University of Kentucky.
Use an outside eye.
Find a buddy to film with who can give you feedback. Photo by Jakob Owens via Unsplash
Have a teacher or trusted friend coach you as you film, suggests Elizabeth Ahearn, dance program coordinator at Goucher College.
My best running buddy was on my left. To my right, a total stranger with whom I'd suddenly become competitive. As the 15-person group headed into a two-minute push, the instructor got hyped, and the remix blasting Rihanna's "We Found Love" transitioned to "Smooth Criminal."