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!
Sarah began her training in MD at the age of two, attending Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts until age 14. She studied at Baltimore School for the Arts before attending a summer intensive at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, where she was offered a full scholarship to train under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. She competed in Youth America Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition where she earned numerous top honors and awards for her ballet technique and artistry at both the regional and international level. Sarah has attended summer intensives with Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Rock School and the Chautauqua School of Dance, where, in 2014, she was awarded with the Artistic Director Award for Overall Excellence and Faculty Award for Technical Merit. After being awarded National YoungArts Foundation Dance Finalist (Ballet, 2015) and receiving a nomination for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts semi-finalist, in April 2015 Sarah was a guest artist with The Washington Ballet in the history breaking performance of Swan Lake featuring Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack. At age eighteen, she began her professional career and joined Charlotte Ballet. In 2017, Sarah was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch”.
- Hometown: Bel Air, MD
- Dancing Since: Age 2
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 3
- Favorite ballet: George Balanchine’s Jewels, specifically the Rubies movement.
- Favorite vacation spot: The beach
- Goals as a professional dancer: To make my performances beautiful and memorable and to inspire others
- Advice for aspiring dancers: Always listen to corrections whether they are for you or directed towards someone else. You can never have enough to work on.
- When I’m not dancing: I’m working on my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
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!”