Now, whilst I’m not a psychologist, I’m often asked, “What should I do? I get nervous before an audition.” And I think that there are a few things to mention about nerves from my experience as a house parent, nerves before a performance, for example, and an audition is another performance, of course.
It helps us as part of our fight or flight response for when we are nervous or when we’re stressed about something. It helps us to get more out of our bodies. That’s why that nervous feeling is there. So enjoy it, look forward to it.
Secondly, I would say that something that’s useful to focus on ways that you can shine in your audition. So if you know that you are very strong at your Adage, really enjoy the Adage section and really show them what you’ve got. If you’re a natural jumper or a natural turner, same thing. If you’re really strong at your barre work, really make sure that they know, the audition panel knows that you know exactly what you’re doing. And you can show all of the work that you’ve put in and you can show all of the enjoyment that you get from your dance.
And my final point is that, if you fall, literally or figuratively, if something goes wrong, just keep going.
So if you have auditions coming up, all the best, look forward to the butterflies. And let me know how you get on.