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!
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.
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!”