Thursday, January 7, 2016

Video auditions for summer intensives

Many senior dancers take the opportunity to travel and train at different studios across Canada and the U.S. during the summer.  This allows students to explore different styles and different teachers, be more independent (perhaps spending several weeks away from home for the first time), and learn more about opportunities for dance outside Edmonton for when it is time for them to move on.

For many schools, their summer intensive is by audition only.  Occasionally it is possible to audition in the city if the school you want to audition for has an audition tour that comes here.  However, if you had a conflict and couldn't attend their audition, or they aren't auditioning in Edmonton, you may have to find a different way to tryout.  You could travel to another city, perhaps, or you could send in a video. 

Janet Hagisavas, senior teacher and director of the teacher training program at ESB and Vimy Dance has found this great article about how to create a better audition video.

Originally posted on the Dance Teacher online magazine, it has many pieces of advice to help you when creating an audition video.  Remember, many teachers on staff at ESB and Vimy Dance have had experience with this and would love to help you - you just need to ask!

10 Minutes to Impress

Posted on January 1, 2014 by
A summer intensive director sits bleary-eyed in front of a monitor for the fourth hour straight, viewing videos of one eager applicant after another. A few submissions naturally rise to the top, while most fade into the parade. “When you watch 100 videos a year, you get pretty smart about what you’re looking for,” says Shelly Power, director of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy.
To help ensure that your students’ videos stand out, DT asked for advice from Power, The Juilliard School, Patrick Armand of San Francisco Ballet School and Oregon-based dance teacher and videographer Les Watanabe.

To read more, go to Dance Teacher Magazine by clicking here.

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