Hi! This is Melissa, here at Satin Stitches! At Deborah’s request, I’ve put together tips for dancers who are hoping to audition for Pro or Semi-Pro Cheer teams. Last week's blog dealt with how to prepare – physically for your audition.
Now that you know what to wear (see Pro Cheer Audition Tips #1), -Pro Audition Costumes and how to physically prepare (Pro Cheer Audition Tips #2), let’s talk about the BIG DAY.
It’s finally here – auditions! What should you bring? What can you expect? I’m going to tell you everything you need to know for "the day of".
First, you’ll want to dress in layers. It can get chilly waiting between rounds when the judges are deliberating. Wear a jacket or sweatshirt with a zip as opposed to a hood so you don’t mess up your hair and makeup. Bring plenty of water and some simple snacks such as fruit or a protein bar. It’s also a good idea to bring a few makeup and hair products for touch ups. Don’t forget a mirror!
Every team’s audition process is different, but you can most likely expect several rounds of eliminations – usually with a new routine or combination to learn each time. Come prepared with a short piece of your own choreography in case you are asked to dance freestyle to music. The routines taught will vary from jazz or hip hop, to kick or cheer. Don’t be afraid to perform outside your comfort zone.
I came into my audition having never performed a cheer before. I felt unsure on the inside, but you never would have known because I yelled those words out like I had been doing it all my life! If you’ve never performed a kickline routine, pretend that you’ve been dancing with the Rockettes for years. Fake it ‘til you make it! Don’t neglect the judges – they are the ones you are performing for and the ones you want to impress. Look them in the eye and show off your smile.
Of course, there is always the debate of whether or not to audition with a friend. There are pros and cons to either situation. Having someone audition with you can be great moral support. Hundreds of beautiful girls all vying for a few spots, can be intimidating and it’s nice to have a friendly face by your side. However, it can also be distracting if you are worrying about how that person is auditioning herself. If you choose to go with a friend, I would recommend registering far apart so your numbers are not close to one another. This way, you can still watch your friend perform and cheer her on, without being worried about your own impending audition.