Audition Style

 

Auditioning for a job is incredibly stressful, it's one of the most important moments in your career as a dancer and presenting yourself properly is crucial.

As I know that it's that time of the year when auditions are advertised I have listed the 5 most important things to consider for your audition bag. 

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1. 

 If this is your first audition then don't dress like a student! What you'll often hear is "I need somebody with a bit more experience". Give the impression of experience by getting out of that uniform.

Emma Jane  In a Classic look but the lacy top makes her style personal.

Emma Jane 

In a Classic look but the lacy top makes her style personal.

2. 

No matter how good you are, if you're in a room full of people all competing for the same job then you need to stand out. Give the director the opportunity to say "the girl in the turquoise leotard". They don't know your name - give them something to focus on.

Bright Turquoise Leotard.  

Bright Turquoise Leotard.  

Solomon would be called 'the guy in the green shorts'! 

Solomon would be called 'the guy in the green shorts'! 

3. 

Look presentable. Keep hair tidy and for the ladies keep make up simple. 

Lettie- Hair tied back loosely to show her beautiful face.  

Lettie- Hair tied back loosely to show her beautiful face.  

Matt- Using a bandana to keep his hair off his face  

Matt- Using a bandana to keep his hair off his face  

4.

Don't hide behind loose clothing or garb. It actually does the opposite and draws attention to want you want to hide, like feet for an example!  

Me- How not to dress- leg warmers, a top around my waist. The look is messy.  Gina- How to dress ! It's a clean look, it shows her bod and she is wearing a bright pink leotard to stand out  

Me- How not to dress- leg warmers, a top around my waist. The look is messy. 

Gina- How to dress ! It's a clean look, it shows her bod and she is wearing a bright pink leotard to stand out  

5. 

Wear your favourite outfit  because that means comfort and confidence. 

I feel very confident in a long sleeved leotard. I don't know why but I do!   

I feel very confident in a long sleeved leotard. I don't know why but I do!   

6.

Just another little tip ...

Never do the exercise unless you're sure of it. Go in the second group!  

My story. 

 When I auditioned, before receiving my contract at The Royal Ballet I wore this outfit for every audition I went to, from Hong Kong to Boston.

It was a cap-sleeved chocolate brown unitard. Unusual and exposing, I knew there wouldn't be many others wearing something similar. I didn't wear anything else, no leg warmers, no skirt and no tracksuit top. Of course I was nervous but I knew it would make me stand out and seem confident, even if I wasn't. My friends still mention the days I traveled around Europe to auditions with the brown unitard and detergent, it worked - I got the job and still have the unitard for nostalgia purposes!

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And Good luck from Ballet.Style xx 

Untouchables- Costumes Up Close

Hofesh Shechter’s ballet ‘Untouchables’ comes with some great costumes. I didn’t get a chance to highlight these costumes when it first debuted at the Royal Opera House in 2015, so grabbed the chance this time. When I watch this ballet I get a feeling of anguish, rebellion and oppression, I think these costumes perfectly highlight the zeitgeist - a feeling of separation and isolation.... also they are just super cool, love the use of the belts !! Costumes designed by Holly Waddington. 

KRISTEN

KRISTEN

ASHLEY

ASHLEY

LEO

LEO

BEATRIZ

BEATRIZ

DAVID

DAVID

MICA

MICA

JOSHUA & JAMES

JOSHUA & JAMES

ISABELLA

ISABELLA

TIERNEY  

TIERNEY  

FRANCISCO  

FRANCISCO  

Suit obsession

My office may be on stage but it doesn’t stop me from wearing a suit ! I love and adore suits, I really do feel stong and feminine.  They have become ‘on trend’ recently which means they have hit the high street in a big way, there are a lot of colours and designs to select from. My mission is to find a blue velvet trouser suit for this winter .. wish me luck ! 

Here are my Top 4 .. 

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The Suit - m.zara.com

Shoes -  mulberry.com

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The Suit -  m.hm.com

Top -  www.urbanoutfitters.com

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The Suit -  shop.mango.com

Boots -  www.drmartens.com

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The Tux - m.hm.com

Top -  www.uniqlo.com

 

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My Office..

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Motivational Beats

 You will often see a random dancer in the studio, the gym or just hanging out in the changing room with their headphones on ! It’s a great way to just motivate us to do that quad stretch or get us in the mood to hype ourselves for the next rehearsal. The key is - what music is going to best prepare me for what I’m about to do? Sometimes it’s Faure’s requiem ( my favourite classical piece ) before yoga, and sometimes it’s Chemical Brothers while pumping in the gym!  However saying this, some days it’s just nice to zone out, away from it all. Especially when you have a show in the evening, the days can get long. I like to listen to ‘LBC Radio’ some afternoons, just to shake things up. 

Here’s a taster of what gets us jetèing out of our beds and pointing our toes ..

I’m listening to ...  I Feel Love - Donna Summer   https://open.spotify.com/track/6efRrfjV1YW1rtecLUHoP1?si=boj2eLcu

I’m listening to ... 

I Feel Love - Donna Summer 

 https://open.spotify.com/track/6efRrfjV1YW1rtecLUHoP1?si=boj2eLcu

Nicol listening to..   Counting on Me - Aeroplane   https://open.spotify.com/track/7fYECRxSRbhOB9JtsQtmQj?si=ca9qnAw2

Nicol listening to.. 

 Counting on Me - Aeroplane 

 https://open.spotify.com/track/7fYECRxSRbhOB9JtsQtmQj?si=ca9qnAw2

Melissa listening to ....  River - Bishop Briggs  https://open.spotify.com/track/7lNQ4YZEAZc1nvfSNPzSvU?si=IG0cPPnE

Melissa listening to .... 

River - Bishop Briggs

 https://open.spotify.com/track/7lNQ4YZEAZc1nvfSNPzSvU?si=IG0cPPnE

Claire listening to ...  Stay Awake - London Grammar  https://open.spotify.com/track/2OVDbwqXO828DRJHxQSWX5?si=5KeQzsxC

Claire listening to ... 

Stay Awake - London Grammar

 https://open.spotify.com/track/2OVDbwqXO828DRJHxQSWX5?si=5KeQzsxC

Harry listening to ...  Daydream - Medasin   https://open.spotify.com/track/6DEDhjTllUrPw29BivTvn2?si=mziK62a1 

Harry listening to ... 

Daydream - Medasin  

https://open.spotify.com/track/6DEDhjTllUrPw29BivTvn2?si=mziK62a1 

Beatriz listening to ..  Colored Lines - Nakaya    https://open.spotify.com/track/5oy9JcNziIlNrgybXmFjmN?si=EdHps3qW

Beatriz listening to .. 

Colored Lines - Nakaya  

 https://open.spotify.com/track/5oy9JcNziIlNrgybXmFjmN?si=EdHps3qW

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Luca listening to ...  

Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff

https://open.spotify.com/track/5yoAAVeGTLkP7aezWcbsfN?si=VFHrqwoq  

 Nadia listening to ... Nick Mulvey - Mountain to Move.    https://open.spotify.com/track/7FFJTBErmrxgOIlQrA7Zoq?si=0mOYjfCe

 Nadia listening to ...

Nick Mulvey - Mountain to Move.  

 https://open.spotify.com/track/7FFJTBErmrxgOIlQrA7Zoq?si=0mOYjfCe

David listening to ..  Drops of Jupiter- Train  https://open.spotify.com/track/2hKdd3qO7cWr2Jo0Bcs0MA?si=42GbotCT

David listening to .. 

Drops of Jupiter- Train

 https://open.spotify.com/track/2hKdd3qO7cWr2Jo0Bcs0MA?si=42GbotCT

Then there is the Sarah , very relaxed listening to .. BBC Radio 4 !   www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Then there is the Sarah , very relaxed listening to ..

BBC Radio 4 ! 

 www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

Adult ballet

Ballet is not just for professionals. Any one can do it. I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph for a couple of days on an adult amateur ballet course earlier this summer. These are not kids who do summer school every year, they are normal people with full time jobs - doctors, teachers... even a geologist! I admire their dedication in leaping out of their comfort zone - they could be on a beach in Majorca but instead they are working hard at their hobby.

 Their outfits were a big part of their day and I decide to do a blog based on them as they looked so great! Ballet Style knows - you can walk the walk but do you have the look....?! 

Loving Holly's use of colour here. The matching cardie with leotard is so cute and the nude skirt blances it off.  Cardie - http://m.boden.co.uk/  Leotard -  http://www.yumiko.com

Loving Holly's use of colour here. The matching cardie with leotard is so cute and the nude skirt blances it off. 

Cardie - http://m.boden.co.uk/ 

Leotard -  http://www.yumiko.com

Anita, Naomi and Vanessa draining their legs with an array of ballet footwear !  Vanessa's Boots -  http://uk.blochworld.com

Anita, Naomi and Vanessa draining their legs with an array of ballet footwear ! 

Vanessa's Boots -  http://uk.blochworld.com

Tony in an all black ensemble. Ballet shoes -  http://uk.blochworld.com

Tony in an all black ensemble.

Ballet shoes -  http://uk.blochworld.com

Sarah in a cosy jumpsuit in between classes.  

Sarah in a cosy jumpsuit in between classes.  

Yasmin looking very chic and on trend with a striking red top and headband. 

Yasmin looking very chic and on trend with a striking red top and headband. 

Sabina in a thick knitted scarf with a floaty floral skirt. 

Sabina in a thick knitted scarf with a floaty floral skirt. 

Great use of colour from Zoe.  Skirt -  http://www.designedbyalice.co.uk

Great use of colour from Zoe. 

Skirt -  http://www.designedbyalice.co.uk

Some really fun skirts worn by Jess and Tracy. Super colourful !   Skirts - https://m.facebook.com/balletmafialondon/

Some really fun skirts worn by Jess and Tracy. Super colourful !  

Skirts - https://m.facebook.com/balletmafialondon/

Not for the faint hearted but Thomas wears his tiger stripes with confidence! Unitard - made by Thomas himself- Diamond Flamingo !  Boots -  http://bbooties.eu/Home.php

Not for the faint hearted but Thomas wears his tiger stripes with confidence!

Unitard - made by Thomas himself- Diamond Flamingo ! 

Boots -  http://bbooties.eu/Home.php

A striking catsuit worn by Gill. Appreciating those gorgeous mesh panels.   Catsuit -  http://www.sweatybetty.com

A striking catsuit worn by Gill. Appreciating those gorgeous mesh panels.  

Catsuit -  http://www.sweatybetty.com

Yoshi wearing matching jacket and leg warmers, in some dynamic stripes.  Jacket and leg warmers -  https://www.chacott-jp.com

Yoshi wearing matching jacket and leg warmers, in some dynamic stripes. 

Jacket and leg warmers -  https://www.chacott-jp.com

Amazing shout out to Henry St Clair ... (my husband, haha !)   who provides these summer/easter courses - showing that ballet is not just for professionals but for everyone ! 

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Ballet in Brisbane

Touring is always an exciting time for a dancer and performing in Brisbane is no exception. This is the shortest and furthest tour I've ever been on with The Royal Ballet.

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Stretching on the plane.  

Stretching on the plane.  

I'm here for 8 days and doing 2 shows of 'Becomings' in 'Woolf Works'. It's a hard and very strenuous role I do, so the flight and inevitable jet lag was playing on my mind. A long haul flight (13 hrs to Singapore & another 8 hrs from Singapore to Brisbane) is not desired for anyone especially not a dancer. If you are a Principle with the company then you get to fly Business Class, other dancers are not so lucky. But that's ok, we've got it all under control. You will see a lot of dancers at the back of the plane,( by the toilets !) stretching, doing some pilates, reviewing what films they've just seen, to keep inflammation and tightness at bay. A lot of us also wear recovery socks or tights or both, and suck on zinc tabs to keep our immune systems up.

Couldn't believe it when I saw my face on one the posters promoting the company's tour... First time ever !  

Couldn't believe it when I saw my face on one the posters promoting the company's tour... First time ever !  

Feeling a bit rough round the edges. 

Feeling a bit rough round the edges. 

We had 2 days off to recover from this flight ( we usually have 1 ) but I did the optional class on the 2nd day as I needed to keep my stamina and strength up for my shows at the end of the week. My body didn't feel too bad but the jetlag was on a whole other level ! 

  Qpac's stage door. 

  Qpac's stage door. 

It's really exciting to visit your new theatre for the first time- check out the stage, your dressing room , see what's cooking in their 'house' canteen. There is alway a great buzz in the air, apart from when people start to get lost!! Before a full call rehearsal of Woolf Works I have a photoshoot and interview with Brisbane's 'Courier Mail' newspaper. I felt incredibly lucky to be part of promoting the company in this way.

Behined the scenes pic for photoshoot with Alexander Campbell. 

Behined the scenes pic for photoshoot with Alexander Campbell. 

It's really tempting to go out in your free time and explore the city, but sadly my achilles tedonitis has really stirred up after the flight so it's physiotherapy for me everyday and rest when I can.

Physiotherapy with Caryl

Physiotherapy with Caryl

It can be frustrating at times to travel somewhere and only see the theatre, your hotel and local restaurants but it's a sacrifice you make to get the best shows you possibly can achieve when you're there. It's not every tour that this is the case. But for me, this tour is short with an intense workload.

The hair and make-up!

The hair and make-up!

Jetlag hasn't been kind and it's incredible how it can effect your dancing. Woolf Works 2 is incredibly exhausting at the best of times but after my stage call it felt 4x harder. I felt like I had been hit by a bus, I vomited after - I think through sheer exertion.

I found out the day before my first show that one of my dance partners has fallen ill and won't do either show. Edward Watson steps in ( he does first cast ), we have a swift rehearsal working out lifts and details ( every cast has slightly different ways of doing what looks like the same choreography. It's group coordination more than anything else. ) 

Shot from my second solo. Photo by Alice Pennefather  

Shot from my second solo. Photo by Alice Pennefather  

David Donnelly looking sharp! 

David Donnelly looking sharp! 

After the opening night of 'Woolf Works' the theatre, QPAC, held a lavish black tie party for the whole company! Champagne, sushi, DJ, it was a truly wonderful event. My first show was the next morning so I felt like it wasn't my time to celebrate, I didn't want to jinx my show. I decided to be the 'photographer' for the evening and created a blog instead of joining the fun ( 'The QPAC party' blog ). Usually I love nothing more than a pint of champagne but I don't like to drink the night before a hard show.

Season complete.  

Season complete.  

I finished my last show this afternoon and I'm at the airport about to fly home tonight. I was happy (and relieved!) that both my shows went well, it was electric out there on stage, a fantastic energy from everyone. The audiences were incredibly warm - we even got a standing ovation! Brisbane you have been a blast. Till next time....

Opening scene. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Opening scene. Photo by Alice Pennefather