ABSTRACT

When I first began teaching this audition course, my aim was to teach dancers to feel more at home in a singing audition. The course was intended to help dancers choose the best material for their specific instruments and learn how the story of a song is what they’re ultimately being asked to deliver. This meant breaking down the parts of an audition to teach dancers what to expect, and what was going to be expected of them. The dance-audition aspect—something all those initial students understood absolutely—seemed superfluous. However, as the number of singers in the course increased, it became clear that just as the dancers feared the singing call, the singers feared the dance call. So, it became clear that to fully address auditioning, something needed to be said to put those frightened singers at ease.