A post by Jenna Wilcox, PAA Artistic Director.
Did you know that scientists have discovered that the dancers among us have a different genetic make up and their genetic difference is what makes them great dancers? It adds to the notion that we were all born to be someone and make a mark in this world. I suspect that my genetic code would clearly put me in the non-dancer segment of the population. Nevertheless, I pursued and earned a degree in Musical Theatre. A degree which required dance. Yes! Me! Dance!
I often tell people that I am an actor and singer but I just play a dancer onstage. If you feel like me, a dance audition or even participation in a musical might feel daunting or even downright terrifying. Have no fear! You are not alone. Here are some of my tips for being the best dancer I can be:
- Remain calm. This might sound silly but it is true that if you allow your breath to become erratic and your heart rate to rise, you will have a harder time understanding what you are to learn. If you can practice controlling your breath and keeping calm (see last week’s post) you will hear more of the instructions.
- Give it a try. You might discover that you can do more than you think and you will build confidence the more you try and get right.
- Ask questions. Never be afraid of asking for clarification or for the choreographer to show you again.
- Practice! The only way to practice auditioning is to audition. The only way to practice dance is to dance. You may want to consider enrolling in a dance class. Start with something that interests you and grow from there. Before you know it you might be questioning if you have that dancer gene too.