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The Essential Checklist for Ballet Auditions: Navigating Invitation Company Classes

Robert Fulton - March 18, 2024, 6:50 p.m.

When the opportunity arises for an invitation audition at a ballet company, it’s not just about showcasing your skills; it’s about making a lasting impression. It can also be a great opportunity to see if you like the company, the city, the dancers, and other factors you can't get at an open call.  Whether you’re a seasoned professional or seeking your first ballet job, understanding what materials to bring to an invitation company class is crucial. This class is a unique chance to immerse yourself in the company environment, demonstrating not only your talent but also your professionalism and preparedness.

Why Bring a Resume and Headshot?

The consensus among dancers who have navigated the waters of invitation auditions is clear: always come prepared with a physical resume and headshot. Despite the digital age, where much of the application process may occur online, the value of tangible, ready-to-hand materials cannot be overstated.

One dancer in our discussion has consistently needed to provide a physical resume and headshot at auditions, even when these documents were previously submitted electronically. This echoes the experiences of another dancer who has found an extra set of documents to be indispensable on numerous occasions. Similarly, one group member highlighted the importance of having an extra copy of everything, as offering it proactively can save time and demonstrate your preparedness.

The Importance of Being Prepared

The rationale behind bringing these materials is twofold. First, it ensures that the artistic staff has immediate access to your information, facilitating a smoother audition process. Second, it signals to the company that you are serious about the opportunity and have taken the time to prepare accordingly.

Interestingly, some companies, like Nashville, might request these materials in advance via email. However, even in these cases, having physical copies on hand is advisable. Circumstances can change rapidly in the dynamic environment of a ballet company, and being the dancer who can swiftly provide a requested document can set you apart.

Crafting Your Materials

When preparing your resume and headshot for ballet auditions, focus on clarity and professionalism. Your resume should succinctly outline your training, experience, and notable performances, while your headshot should be a recent, high-quality image that captures your appearance accurately. These materials are not just formalities; they are an extension of your professional identity in the ballet world.

Final Thoughts

Attending an invitation company class is a significant step toward securing ballet jobs and advancing your career. By coming prepared with the necessary materials, you demonstrate not only your readiness to perform but also your commitment to pursuing opportunities with diligence and foresight. Remember, in the competitive realm of ballet, it’s often the small details that distinguish the exceptional from the merely talented. So, pack that extra resume and headshot, and step into your audition with confidence and readiness to embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.