Auditioning for York Dance? Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

Written by: Alysha Wood

Here at York, we realize that any audition can be intimidating at first… especially when it’s an audition for a program that can really impact your future! We want you to feel completely ready and confident for your audition, so here are a few things that might be good to know before the big day.

The first important thing to know sounds basic, but it’s to know where you’re going! Do some research on the best parking lot for you, or which subway or bus will get you to campus quickly and easily.  If you’re taking the subway, the best stop to get off is York University station, which is smack in the middle of campus. If you’re driving, know that parking is free — so if that was a concern, then hopefully you have some relief! The dance auditions take place in the Accolade East Building (ACE) which can sometimes be tricky to find, so the more you’re prepared the less stress you’ll have come your audition date.  Having a map can be handy, which you can find here: https://maps.info.yorku.ca/keele-campus/.

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The next thing you should know is what to wear. Yes, there is a ballet portion of the audition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to come in full ballet gear. The most important thing is comfort — so it’s recommended that you come in something you’re comfortable in and gives you full range of movement. If that means a leotard and ballet tights, that’s great; if not, then that’s okay, too! As long as it’s relatively tight fitting, you’ll be just fine. Also, there is a chance that you’ll do some breaking/hip-hop, so having a pair of sweatpants or a looser shirt wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

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Now that you know the general information, let’s get into some specifics. The audition day is quite a long one, but really you’re only auditioning for an hour and a half. You’ll do a ballet barre, a little modern work, some improvisation, and a world dance style, but you’re probably more concerned with what they’re looking for. The evaluators are most interested in your artistry and approach to the audition. Of course, some technique and previous experience can be helpful, but if you come ready to try new things and open to whatever they might throw at you, then you’ll do just fine! So just relax and try and make the most out of it!

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Last but not least, ask questions! Send an email to us at ampd@yorku.ca, book a tour of the dance facilities to get comfortable with the environment, or call 416.650.8176 with all of your concerns or questions, and we’ll be happy to help!

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Good luck, and see you there!