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!
Michael was raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, and began his dance training at Ballet NJ Theater Company at the age of 5. He attended summer intensives with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, as well as Miami City Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet all on full scholarship. In 2013, Michael began training at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet on scholarship before joining Pennsylvania Ballet II under the direction of Francis Veyette. While with Pennsylvania Ballet II, Michael performed in numerous ballets as well as toured with the company dancing works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Angel Corella and Durante Verzola.
- Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
- Dancing Since: Age 5
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 2
- Favorite performance of the season: I’m most looking forward to Nutcracker this year. There is something so magical about the entire production, and it’s exciting to perform for the children who have never been to a ballet before.
- Favorite Ballet: Serenade by George Balanchine
- Favorite holiday gift: My favorite gift I have ever received was a mug from my sister. As I drink my morning coffee, it reminds me of home and my family.
- Advice for aspiring dancers: Ballet is a form of self expression through dance. Don’t get discouraged by any limitations you place on yourself. Artistry is limitless!
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!”