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Preparing for College/Upper School Auditions


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I think you have it covered - just don't forget to have enough of everything you need - tights, leotards, hair stuff.  Your DD has a lot of auditions in a short space of time so take a deep breath and go with the flow.  I hope she enjoys each and every one of her auditions and fingers crossed for a successful outcome.

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She is due a flu vaccination - but they won't do it except on Saturdays & on Saturdays she is in London - I'll chase it up & pay if necessary to get it sorted

 

She doesn't do games or PE anyway; we have a flexi-schooling thing going on & that was the first to go; we have to provide evidence of 2 hours exercise a week :D , 2 hrs!!! (I wish)

 

Yep tomorrow we are working out leotards/tights/shoes & doing an MOT on them all - she has a folder for each which will have college address/letter,song score, solo dance music & monologue for each but she is also taking her singing folder in case they don't like her song & her iPod in case her CD doesn't play is incompatable

 

One solo is a 'Jazz' solo - she has been working on a Lion King piece but it's more 'Contemporary Jazz' (apparently) is that safe? She has another she thought she would take in case.

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I think there is a lot to be said for mental preparation in terms of managing anxiety and coping with the stresses of auditions. Maybe I will post some more on this if it is useful. Ultimately the only goal can be to perform to best of ability in the audition as the rest is out of your control but I do think that managing expectations and coping with being around multiple other potential dancers is perhaps something which is not talked about enough.

 

There are useful strategies to help manage performance anxiety. It can be good just to talk through any thoughts or beliefs that might emerge when placed in the stressful arena of auditions. It is an excellent skill for life in the theatre and one I wish I had known more about when I was dancing professionally. I guess for me the power of this kind of mindset is illustrated so well by watching the American gymnasts at work. Visualisation, challenging thoughts that induce anxiety and looking at the impact of comparing self to others are a few factors. Put simply, it can help so much if a dancer is able to harness an 'inner dialogue' which can be developed prior to auditions etc. it is almost like having your best friend in your head with you at the audition who is able to reassure and encourage.

 

There are also some v practical strategies which help generally with reducing anxiety which have been scientifically researched in different populations.

 

TBC if there is interest.

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She is due a flu vaccination - but they won't do it except on Saturdays & on Saturdays she is in London - I'll chase it up & pay if necessary to get it sorted

 

She doesn't do games or PE anyway; we have a flexi-schooling thing going on & that was the first to go; we have to provide evidence of 2 hours exercise a week :D , 2 hrs!!! (I wish)

 

Yep tomorrow we are working out leotards/tights/shoes & doing an MOT on them all - she has a folder for each which will have college address/letter,song score, solo dance music & monologue for each but she is also taking her singing folder in case they don't like her song & her iPod in case her CD doesn't play is incompatable

 

One solo is a 'Jazz' solo - she has been working on a Lion King piece but it's more 'Contemporary Jazz' (apparently) is that safe? She has another she thought she would take in case.

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Flu jab booked for tomorrow (earliest appointment for the surgery 26th Nov, Walk-oin clinic booked until December, Boots & Asda don't do under 18s so she is having it at Tesco)

 

Gel nails for next Tuesday (I wish she didn't bite her nails)

 

Must remind her to do pilates/yoga DVD when she has time

 

 

We have 2 Monologues & 5 songs - that is the lowest number we can get away with to meet the requirements

 

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"Oh & all her pink tights are soaking in Vanish over night"

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DD picks her nails & they are below the end of her fingers

 

The Gel nails (not extensions) should strengthen her nails so she can't pick them - giving them time to grow; then she can have the bottom end filled in just pre-audition & hopefully her nails will just pass the end of her fingers & look French manicured.  I hope, maybe

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I prefer Ariel stain remover to Vanish. I soak them in that to get rid of school wash greyness. Realised this summer that was washing some that were 4 years old that still suitable for every day wear but not auditions.

 

DD teacher used to recommend the red wash too! 

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