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!
Shaina, from Sussex County, NJ, started dancing at age 8 at Branchville Dance Centre. Shaina has attended summer intensives at The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Chautauqua Institution, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet School. At age 13, Shaina was invited by Ethan Stiefel to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. When she returned to New York, she joined The Joffrey Ballet School as a trainee, and a year later was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson. She has performed principal roles in various ballets, including Balanchine’s Serenade and Valse Fantaisie, and Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, Light Rain, Kettentanz, Suite Saint-Saens and Viva Vivaldi. Shaina has had the opportunity to perform at the Florence Dance Festival in Florence Italy and The 60 anniversary of the Beijing Dance Academy.
- Hometown: Sussex County, NJ
- Dancing Since: Age 8
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 2
- Favorite choreographer: Gerald Arvpino
- Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
- Favorite performance of the season: Fall works is the performance I am looking forward to the most this year. I’m very excited to work with all of the choreographers, and it will be my first performance with Charlotte Ballet.
- Favorite thing to do on a day off: Catch up with friends over coffee
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!”