Hundreds of bunheads in warm up gear, nervously chatting, finishing up buns, taping toes, stretching arms, legs, backs and minds. Everywhere I look I see a mass of dance bags, chatty parents and wided-eyed expectant dancers. Only our 2nd audition and no fewer nerves.
A much bigger audition than Walnut Hill. Parents are not encouraged (nay, banned) to help with anything: registration, warm ups, nothing. Several dozen of us are opting to stay in the lobby. Although we all look calm, even bored, on the outside, I hope others are like me, wondering how their “little dancer” is making it without us?
And so many unknowns for E as well…wear pointe shoes or bring them, what information do I put on the form, did I remember everything? Overhearing other auditioners, this is a very big event for many dancers: experienced with auditioning or not. I would hope that would make E feel better, but the wrinkly forehead shows this mom the truth. How I wish there was a “what to expect when auditioning” guide for dancers and parents.
As before, I will update on how she felt it went.
It’s the next morning, and asking E to reflect on the audition. She did come out of it smiling, but more for the thought – “geez, that was really hard and there were a lot of dancers better than me – but I did it!” This audition was for ballet dancers ages 15-19, and many had attended the summer intensive before. E remarked how she felt a little like cattle, as the adjudicators would walk around while the dancers were doing their barre work, looking at their numbers and writing things down – prime, chuck, not for human consumption. But, as we are both learning, these auditions are very good experience and exposure. She recognized several girls her age from the Walnut Hill audition, and they exchanged similar sentiments – what in the world are we doing here? One more audition to go, and hopefully as she attends these auditions, she gains experience and confidence.