1. It’s great to get to know dancers. So, if you come to take a class, and if you have the financial where-with-all, plan on taking two classes, so we can get a sense of your style and how you might fit in. Through the course of the year, between our various auditions in Cincinnati and around the country there will be 500 dancers auditioning for CB.
2. I think it is important to NOT get discouraged. There will always be a few “no’s” and all you need is one “yes”, so don’t let the “no’s” infiltrate your passion or love of the art form.
3. When taking class, get as much out of it as possible. Listen to the counts, the directive, the specifics, the timing and path of the arms and legs – get focused on the action as expressed by your teacher. Don’t obsess or anticipate doing a step wrong or not quite perfectly. Bring great energy to the process, enjoy yourself. (Ah, to be young and so physically capable!)
4. If you know dancers in Cincinnati Ballet and they can vouch for your integrity and work ethic, that is helpful, as we cannot discover those kinds of things in a class-audition and yet that is so important – that daily habit of full execution and attack.
1. Practicing for that audition in your daily class. Put huge energy into it EVERYDAY. Push yourself to try your hardest and be your best, i.e. not just banging the leg over the moon, but put your thinking cap on in all areas of technical challenge and willingly address the places of your technique that might make you uncomfortable to confront. Take off those layers of warmers! Have you ever noticed how a turner is always practicing pirouettes? Get use to and comfortable with the exploration of every technical idea from your teachers and also what you personally know you need to work on.
2. Enjoy the act of putting yourself in the front of the room. Find your own voice that makes you feel special.
3. I find that I get calm and collected and centered when I really listen to the music. And listening to the music, helps put you in the spirit of the step.
4. Can you laugh at yourself?
5. The hardest transition is going from the center of attention in a college program or ballet training program to being in a situation with 30 very talented dancers in the room. So, try to imagine the inspiration for your passion for dance coming from inside you and not necessarily from the teacher.
6. Practice now and always being the dancer of your potential.