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How to Impress with Your Dance at a Musical Theatre Audition

Though the vocal aspect of the audition may get most of the attention, casting directors at musical theatre auditions are looking for a well-rounded complete package. This, of course, includes the dance section of the audition. Here are some tips to follow to help you impress the auditors during the dance component at your next musical theatre audition.

Dress Appropriately

The first important tip about your outfit to keep in mind: it’s almost never a good idea to attend an audition in costume. That said, when dressing for your audition, it’s important to strike just the right balance: you want to be comfortable and unrestricted enough to allow you to dance and move freely, but also look professional and well put-together. If you have long hair, make sure that it’s tied back and out of your face – otherwise it can be distracting to both you and the casting director. Avoid sneakers or flip-flops, and ladies may want to skip high heels (unless able to comfortably dance and move gracefully in them). And don’t forget to practice your routine in the outfit you’ll be wearing to the audition before you arrive.

Be Skilled in Multiple Styles

Musical theatre dance and movement can draw from many different styles and techniques, from jazz and ballet to tap. Competence in more than just one can give you an edge in your auditions and performances. To get a well-rounded background in the styles you’ll need to know for musical theatre, attending musical theatre school or workshops is your best option. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for whatever is thrown at you.


It may sound like something easier said than done, but it’s very important to make sure you’re relaxed going into your audition. Feeling relaxed – yet confident – will help give you the confidence and clear mind to nail every part of your audition, including your dance. Tense, nervous muscles can become apparent through a stiff and awkward routine, while feeling relaxed and in control will help you move fluidly and gracefully through your audition. Take time while you’re waiting for your turn to try visualizing yourself going through the routine you’ll be auditioning with, focusing on how you’ll perform on each step. 

Practice (Carefully)

In the days leading up to your audition, practice your dance numbers enough that you can be confident that you know the routine by heart and can perform it flawlessly. However, be careful not to over do it – you don’t want to practice to such an extreme that you risk going into the audition with sore or stiff muscles or worse, an injury.


Any dancer knows the importance of stretching before performing, but the nervous atmosphere of an audition environment can make it easy to forget even this important step. Make sure your muscles are warmed up and limber before you go in – the audition room is not the time to begin stretching.

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