Tuesday, October 28, 2008
DanceMind: Dear Janie: The Audition
This is the time of year Auditions begin. However, many schools have internal for performances, such as the Nutcracker. For som dancers just thinking about an audition tightens the core and brings on tears. Many of the worries are silent to their teachers, parents and even to self.
One client, Maggie had severe cramps before EVERY audition. She THOUGHT it was Hormonal and fought thru them. Her auditions did not go to well. In session she discovered that the cramps were fear based - "I messed around in class." "I am not good enough."
We actually calmed her cramps thru a high powered conversation that PROVED that she was good enough, that she did work hard and COULD get in with a stronger presence.
It worked, no more cramps, and she got into on of the top summer programs. She also listened to Audition Excellence for one week before every audition. This help to recondition her mind.
SANNA'S COMMENT: You must look beyond the audition experience, meaning before and after. It is not just what occurs at the TIME of the audition.
Yes, you do want to do well, yet consider this - everyday is an audition. Your teachers are observing, guests take note because they want to see who is consistent, strong, present, has a winning attitude, and who can learn choreography, etc. If you do not push yourself in class, how can you expect to do any better at an audition. If you approach an audition with the certainty that you have put your best foot forward, then you are free to do your best. If you KNOW that you have not been paying attention, missing class, etc, then that guilt can manifest as a 'symptom,' like Maggie. Of course "she would develop the belief - I am not good enough. In reality she was not and the outcome affirmed her belief.
She was playing a mind game and not taking her classes time seriously enough.
If you practice doing the best you can do at that moment (and push a bit) You will be accustomed to knowing what that feels like for you. Then when you go to an audition, you will have already been 'auditioning' and enjoying the feel of dancing within your best range.
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHT