Are you ready for audition season? Take it from us- our company dancers have been through many auditions in their careers, and they want to share their tips with YOU to make sure you rock your audition!
From Myrtle Beach, SC, Anson began dancing at the age of 5. In 2008, he enrolled at Coastal Dance Centre where he studied with Liza Mata. At 14, he was accepted to South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a residential arts school in Greenville, SC, where he began training under Stanislav Issaev. In the spring of 2017, he received his BFA from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he had the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and perform works by Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Matthew Neenan, Zvi Gotheiner, Loni Landon and Takehiro Ueyama. While at Juilliard, Anson performed at The Guggenheim Museum as part of Works and Process, as well as received additional training at Springboard Danse Montréal and Merce Cunningham Trust workshops.
- Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
- Dancing Since: Age 5
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 1
- Favorite choreographer: Merce Cunningham, without a doubt
Favorite ballet: A very close three-way tie between Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Michel Fokine’s Petrushka, and George Balanchine’s Apollo
If I weren’t dancing I’d be: I’m very passionate about teaching, particularly early childhood education
Advice for aspiring dancers: It’s important to always remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that will make you unique and one of a kind.
1. Treat it like a normal class
Drew Grant | 2nd Season
“Don’t be late and make sure to pick appropriate attire. Remind yourself that it’s just class, the same you take everyday, enjoy it!”
Lexi Johnson | 2nd Season
“When you go into the audition, try to let go of your nervous energy and treat it like a normal technique class. Try your best to relax, stay focused and show the teacher how much you enjoy dancing. No matter the outcome, the experience of auditioning teaches you a lot, so it’s rewarding either way!”
3. Dress to impress and show your confidence
Sarah Hayes Harkins | 10th Season
“Don’t be afraid to register early and get up front!! Wear something noticeable and pretty in your hair, but also don’t over do it. Pay close attention to details of the combinations, do it exactly how it is demonstrated to the best of your ability.”
Elizabeth Truell | 3rd Season
“Dress to make yourself feel confident and beautiful. You should go in the front and don’t be afraid to show yourself. Most importantly, just enjoy dancing and show them your passion.”
Sarah Lapointe | 3rd Season
“Always present yourself as well put together and organized. This will show your professional attitude and bring an impeccable look to every audition you attend!”