Don’t hide your head in the sand. In other words, don’t just let your world be that image you see in the mirror or imagine in your head about yourself. Self admiring preeners are not doing much for others in the universe or for the art form. Find your strengths and your weaknesses, and figure out how they serve the world or hold the world back. Look for what you can give, not just what you want to receive. What does the community you are in , your city, your nation…need, and can your art help with that in some way, when you are on the stage and off? Are you reading, learning, having curious and intelligent conversations with other people? Are you going to art museums? Reading novels, poetry, history, editorials? Are you having meaningful conversations about things that are bigger than just you, on the media of your choice? Do you want to learn from others? Do you want to learn about others? Do you seek out people who are different than you?
In person at an audition. Send a well written cover letter and you tube link. If you are invited to audition, leave enough time to see the city, talk with our dancers. Do your research on this company.
Aside from the fact that I expect a certain level of technique, or I can see that the promise of that technique is there and can be gained by being at Ballet Memphis, I really hone in on attempting to find out what sort of person the dancer is. An empathetic, curious dancer will handle our company and our repertoire with grace of personality and expression. The company is too small, and is built on such an ethos of building a better world and touching every one we can with the idealism of our beliefs reflected in the ballet technique’s language and expressive potential, for us to have to deal with big, needy egos. I am also always looking for diversity, particularly as our city was the first American city to become majority / minority in 2012. And, I like intelligent, curious, open minded and open-hearted dancers. Kindness is needed in the universe.