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Giselle MacDonald

Giselle began dancing in Virginia at BalletNova Center for Dance She spent summers training on full scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. At 16, Giselle became a trainee at The Washington  Ballet in 2015 she joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company.

  • Hometown: Arlington, VA
  • Dancing Since: Age 6
  • Seasons with Charlotte Ballet II: 1
  • Favorite choreographer: I have so many favorites! They include Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Dwight Rhoden, Jiri Kylian and George Balanchine
  • Favorite ballet: George Balanchine’s Serenade
  • Favorite thing to do on a day off: I love going to see theater! This is a newfound love of mine that I discovered after performing in a musical theater production of The Little Mermaid last summer.
  • I dance because: There is a whole world of expressiveness in what our bodies can do that can teach us so much. The possibilities are limitless- you can be any side of human you want to be when you dance. And that teaches you that you can be whoever you want to in life too. And the most wonderful thing is that you get to share that power with an audience and maybe spark new ideas in their life.

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!

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!”

2. Be in performance Mode


Claire Hutchinson | Second company, 2nd Season

“Don’t watch the other dancers. An audition is like a performance, so stay in performance mode and try not to get distracted. It will also be easier to dance your best if you are enjoying yourself. So have fun!”

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!”

4. Show why you love it


Anson Zwingelberg | 1st Season

“It’s important to remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that what will make you unique and one of a kind.”

5. Don’t judge yourself


Colby Foss | 1st Season

“My teacher in college, Mr. Clouser, always said, ‘learn everything, judge nothing,’ and I stand by that.”

Put these tips to use!

Visit our 2018 National Audition Tour to Pre-register today!