Success Tips for Dancers: Preparing for a Dance Audition

You’ve got a dance audition coming up!

Today is the big day. You have the opportunity to attend a dance audition for one of your favorite artists. You have on your best threads, you’ve been preparing for weeks (or maybe just days), and you are overflowing with confidence! You head out to the venue the quickest way you know how and on your way there, you start getting nervous.

  • What if you can’t keep up with the choreographer?
  • What if your outfit doesn’t get their attention?
  • What if you’re not what they’re looking for?

A series of questions flow through your mind, and it begins to throw off your confidence. No matter what level of dancer you are,  you’ll always face challenges when it comes to attending a dance audition. From beginner to pro, nervousness and anxiety can still be a factor in your success or lack thereof.

We have compiled some tips that can help you when you audition whether it’s your 1st or 100th time. There are a few things to take into account that you can do BEFORE the actual dance audition takes place. Being prepared for an audition is so much more than just showing up to learn a few 8-counts. It’s an all-around preparation that is necessary if you want to stand out from the rest. Ready? Read on!

Tips for Self-Care Before Your Dance Audition


It has been proven that meditation provides many health benefits. For a dancer, the effects of meditation can be life-altering. It helps with anxiety, stress, and it helps you train your mind to focus, leading to longer attention spans. We all know how tough it is to learn the last couple of 8-counts of an audition piece when your mind is fried from the stress and fatigue that auditioning can bring forth. Check this article out if you want to learn a little more about the benefits of meditation. Click here if you want to learn how to meditate.


If you feel nervous or jittery and you want to slow your heart rate, take short inhales and long exhales. Doing this at a rhythmic pace will put your mind more at ease, and your body in a zen-like state.


Some great oils to use for relaxation, clarity and focus include:


  • Frankincense (great for meditation too)
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Chamomile (Also in tea form)
  • Rose


  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Juniper Berry
  • Peppermint
  • Sage or Clary Sage


  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lemon


Aromatherapy is the practice of inhaling the scent of essential oils to improve your well-being. One theory of how they work is that by stimulating the smell receptors in your nose, they can send messages to your nervous system. They are also thought to have a subtle effect on the body’s chemical and energy systems.

Use a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond, Rosehip, Jojoba, Avocado or Coconut oil to dilute the essential oil before applying it to the skin. Simple ways to use oils are by placing a few drops in your hands, rubbing your palms together, then taking deep inhales to receive the benefits of the oils.

Tips To Prepare For Your Dance Audition


You want to know 100% who or what the dance audition is for. If you are trying to get a spot in an artist’s video that specializes in Caribbean music, you don’t want to run in guns a-blazing and only do krump or tap dancing.

Gather as much information as possible. This also extends to the choreographer and the people on the project. Knowing who the choreographer is can give you a serious leg up on your competition.

BONUS: Taking classes from the choreographer (if they teach) or even looking up their past projects will help you to understand that choreographer’s style of movement.


Hone your skills. Focus on your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths during your training. Take the time to learn what makes you the dancer you are and build on that. Do not attempt to learn anything difficult in a short amount of time to showcase at the dance audition. Always have your best foot forward.

Dance Audition Training


Whatever the audition is for, be sure that what you’re wearing fits the bill. The last thing you want to do is wear anything that can hinder your performance or take away from what you are doing. It’s ok to be unique and to shoot for standing out, but sometimes simple is best. Opt for a bright color top that will make you stand out. Keep your makeup look simple but polished. A bright lip can go a long way. NEVER show up to an audition in your workout clothes.


This one is mainly for those who are looking to audition to become part of a dance crew or join a dance company. You want to make yourself familiar with what the crew or company is all about. Taking classes with them prior to the dance audition will help you get noticed. Talking with the director or the lead choreographer can help you gain insight into what it is they strive for and what their style is all about. It will also help you to determine if you are a right fit. Don’t waste your time on something that isn’t in line with your goals and your purpose.


For a dance audition, it’s best to be early. The saying, “If you are early, you’re on time. If you are on time, then you are late,” should be every dancer’s mantra. There are plenty of other people that will be there so you can believe lines will be long, ESPECIALLY if you are auditioning for a major project or a tour. Being timely could save you in the end. You will not only have the opportunity to be in and out faster, but it will also make you look professional and reliable.

Now that we have covered the BEFORE, let’s cover what can be done DURING the dance audition.

Tips For Auditioning


Be confident! It is YOUR audition. Own it. Know why you are there and execute your movement to the fullest. When speaking to the director, the artist or the choreographer, speak with a tone of self-assurance. Let them know you are comfortable, even if you aren’t!


As you are doing the choreography or your freestyle set, think of how you can add a little something to stand out. Give the judges a reason to look at you. This is where all your practicing and training will pay off. Focus on dancing with personality. Who are you on the dance floor? Let your personality shine through and never think it’s ok to mimic someone else. There’s only one of you, so be the best you on the dance floor.

Dance Audition


Keep your head up! Engage the casting director and/or whoever else is in the room. Do not be the type of dancer that is counting steps to yourself and staring at the floor while you dance. As mentioned before, you’ve got to have confidence. Eye contact can communicate a lot of things. You want to communicate that you are strong, you are fit for the role, you can perform on any stage, and you are in control of yourself! Casting directors won’t typically cast shy dancers, no matter how good they look.


Do not be afraid to ask the choreographer to repeat a count. When teaching, they have to go through large groups of people so most of the time they are teaching really fast. Ask the right questions and focus on getting the dance into your body. Try to place yourself in a good spot on the floor so you can see what is being taught.

Lastly, if at first you don’t succeed, TRY AGAIN! Not everyone bags their first audition. Sometimes it takes 10, sometimes it takes 100! Whatever the case, you can’t let one let down stop you from trying again. The entertainment industry is fast-paced with plenty of opportunities. You have to be willing to get up, dust yourself off, and put your best foot forward every time!