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Tips for Dance Audition Photos

Tips for Dance Audition Photos

For any sort of audition, whether for ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, and on, it can be daunting to know just what you need to bring to the table, or what are the right tips for dance audition photos. Each company can be different in what they expect you to provide, or what could be that special thing that catches their eye. At Ashkan Image, we’ve worked with our fair share of dancers preparing for auditions and intensives, and we have some tips for dance auditions photos that you can be PROUD of and can show you off at your very best.

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#1 Make sure that you know all of the guidelines for the company, intensive, or job you are auditioning for.

You don’t want to lose right out the gate by not following the guidelines that your audition is calling for. For ballet, it could be a specific arabesque, for contemporary an expression, musical theatre a certain character.

Read through to make sure you know the positioning, clothing requirements, backgrounds requested, sizing, all of it. A red background could make you stand out, but if they ask for a white, you could have your audition tossed to the side right off the bat.

There should be information provided online or within your invitation that gives these guidelines. Don’t see them? Just call them and ask (unless they say not to)! Better safe than sorry.

#2 If you are simply creating an audition portfolio, do your research on the kinds of companies you would want to audition for.

What you aren’t quite ready to audition (or not quite old enough) for a company, but want to start an audition portfolio? Do your research!

As the serious dancer than you are, you probably already know the direction you are taking your dance career. Look for those types of companies that you know you will want to audition in the near future. Find the kind of audition requirements they have required in the past, and prepare yourself based on what you find.

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Keep in mind the age of a dance audition portfolio…if you are too young to audition for a company by a year or more, then your body and abilities can change by the time you are ready to move your career forward. Your portfolio for audition purposes may not last as long as you need it to.

#3 Find your photographer.

You have done your research on your companies, now it is time to find yourself a photographer!

Most importantly you want this photographer to fit your style. Look at online portfolios and see their work quality, their image variety, and their reviews! You want to know that you are going to have a good experience with working with the photographer as well as get the high-quality product that you need.

Secondly of course is budget. Photographers put so much work into their craft, so prices may seem heavy, but look for one that is within your doable budget that will still provide the type of imagery that you need.

Often times around audition season, you will find photographers will run specials, so be on the lookout or ask around!

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#4 Prepare yourself for shoot day!

Companies? Check. Guidelines? Check. Photographer? Check. Time to get YOURSELF ready for your shoot!

Pack all the essentials. The right tights, leotards, and shoes. If your photographer is providing hair and makeup, AMAZING! However if not, be prepared to come with your hair ready in a bun or clean pony and bring extra supplies in case you need a fix or a hair change. If you have short hair, keep it clean and put together.

Be sure to bring some fun items if you have some more creative room or you are working on a portfolio! Here are a few ideas: a unique skirt, various shirts, a white button-down, statement jackets, pedestrian shoes like boots, the list goes on and on. Get inspired!

Bring snacks, water, and lots of energy! Remember that this is going to create beautiful images of your talent that you can present to any company or agency…and also that it is going to be FUN!

Come with patience and an open mind. With capturing audition photos, it can take time and a LOT of shots in order to get that image that is JUST RIGHT. Be patient with yourself, you will do FANTASTIC!

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