je danse dans ma tete Posted July 24, 2010 Report Share Posted July 24, 2010 I have decided that I need more dance in my life. As there are not many places in my city where adults can receive serious dance instruction (let alone serious ballet instruction), I am currently stuck taking only 2 classes per week. I have been searching all summer for another studio, school, private instructor etc. and have tried out several with no luck. There are many excellent schools for children and teens but if you are over 21 there is really only one place that is truly technique-focused and that is where I currently go. That said, I would like to take a class at a local university (I attend this university but am not an undergrad). It runs 3 times per week, and each class is about 2 hours long. That class, if I get in, would bump up my weekly ballet hours from just under 4 to about 9.5. However, there is one problem. To get in, you have to audition. The class is in high demand and from what I hear about 40-50 audition each year, and only 20-30 get in. It's a split level class, so based on the audition you get placed in either the higher level (low-advanced) or the lower level (high-intermediate). You have to have a certain grade in the intro level ballet class from the university to audition (I have successfully taken it). There are dance majors in the classes but ballet majors take separate classes. They do more ballet hours, and they also do pointe, whereas in the class I am auditioning for it is optional. My apologies for rambling, I get very into details sometimes! All that is my lead in to the question: "Does anyone have any audition tips for an adult dancer?" I've never actually been to an audition or audition class before, and don't know what to expect. The girls I have seen in the university's dance classes seem to be more relaxed in terms of attire (always tights and leotards, but I have seen various colours of both, as well as skirts on some). I know that every dance school, perhaps even class, has its own culture. I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb and be the only one wearing black and pink on audition day. Anyone who has ever auditioned for anything ballet-related, please share your experiences and advice. Specifically: 1) What should one wear? Is it better to err on the side of pink tights, black camisole leotard, or perhaps to wear something a bit more distinctive such as a coloured leotard (with black or pink tights)? Or maybe do the black and pink with a uniquely styled leotard (maybe a strappy-back or a high neck)? Perhaps a black ballet unitard? Skirt or no? 2) Hairstyle recommendations? Is a hair jewel, small flower etc a good or bad idea? 3) Makeup: non-existent, very light (mascara and coloured lip gloss), or a bit more (mascara, eyeliner, light blush, and coloured lipgloss) to enhance one's features? 4)Where is is best to stand for barrre? for center? 5) For diagonal combinations, is it better to try and go first (without being pushy), in the middle, or last? 6) What do you do if you mess up a combination? 7) Anything else that you'd like to share? I don't have much hope of getting in but you never know! Thanks so much for all and any insight, stories, etc. Quote Link to comment
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