Auditioning For Outlet Dance Company
We can't tell you how many times we have heard dancers say, "Outlet is something I'm really interested in being a part of, but I'm too nervous to audition." We also can't tell you how many times we've heard our company members say, "I'm SO grateful I auditioned!"
Outlet is made up of a variety of dancers with different backgrounds, ages, skills, weaknesses, etc. We can guarantee you, whether this is your first audition post college or your first audition after years away from the dance world... you will not be alone! Also, our directors do not believe in making cuts during the audition process so dancers can focus on dancing without the worry.
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We ask dancers who are planning to audition to fill out our online registration form which gives us an idea of how many dancers to expect as well as a quick snapshot of everyone's dance background: AUDITION FORM 2019
Plan to arrive around 10-15 minutes prior to the audition start time to check-in. Audition numbers will be given out in order of arrival. We ask all dancers to bring a printed dance resume to turn in and sign our liability form in order to participate. This year, in lieu of collecting headshots, we will snap a quick photo of each dancer with their audition number to be used for our reference.
3. THE AUDITION
Dancers should begin to stretch on their own as soon as they're checked in. We will begin by introducing the company and the Audition Panel (made up of company directors and board members). We know this can be intimidating, but try to remember that the people on this panel have all been in your shoes before - it's all just part of the audition process.
Phase A: Warm Up & Technique
We will begin with a warm-up and in-center / across-the-floor technique phrases. These combinations will range from simple to challenging.
Phase B & C: Jazz & Contemporary Combinations
Everyone will learn a short Jazz combination together before getting broken up into small groups to perform for the panel. After each group has gone, we will come back together to learn the Contemporary combination before breaking into groups again. Dancers will have access to a rehearsal space after learning each of the combinations. Groups will be called in order of the audition numbers.
Throughout phrase B & C, the panel may ask to see another group or individual(s) back again. We call dancers back for a variety of reasons: It could be because you were in one of the first groups and want to give you another chance after having more time to practice. It might be that you were hidden behind another dancer or didn't have enough room to perform the combination. We might also want to get an idea of how dancers from different groups perform together. Whether you are called back or not - it should not be taken negatively.
4. THE DECISIONS
The board does our best to make final decisions within 48 hours from the audition. No matter what, we will reach out to every dancer who participated to let them know the result.
JUST... DO IT.
If you are still deciding whether to audition because you're worried about not "being good enough", "being out of practice" or maybe just feeling "out of shape", we encourage you NOT to let it stop you from showing up! This company is so much more than just dance! Don't take it from us... take it from dancer's who have been where you are now: