DANCE

UPDATED AUDITION FORMAT EXPECTATIONS

AUDITION LOGISTICS: 

  • Date: 

  • Time: Register for your preferred time; available first come first serve

  • Day of Audition:

    • Secure a quiet and uninterrupted space for your Zoom audition.

    • Set up your environment and technology in advance.

    • Sign into your Zoom a few minutes before your assigned time.


The audition for the dance strand will consist of three parts:

  1. Students will learn, perform via video recording, and submit via Flipgrid three dance phrases.  Demonstration videos will be provided by the dance faculty.  Students will have to set time aside to learn the phrases, record themselves, and submit within the MFAA submission timeline.

  2. Students will perform a prepared solo (details below).

  3. Students will participate in an individual interview with the dance directors via Zoom.


Details about the 3 audition parts:

  1. Dance Phrases: The recorded phrases will be in the styles of ballet, modern, and jazz.

  2. Prepared Solo: The prepared dance solo should be in the style of the dancer's choice.  It should be between 1-2 minutes in length. No costumes, please. The solo can be self-choreographed, or a piece choreographed by someone else with their permission.

  3. Interview: You will have a 10 minute live Zoom interview. 

  4. Recording Expectations:

    • For all recorded videos, please wear dance attire and hair up.  Please wear appropriate dance shoes, socks, or bare feet.

    • All recordings should be uploaded into the correct Flipgrid link (see below).


Tips on recording your videos:

  1. Please do not feel obligated to rent a dance studio for your recording.  Be safe, but recording in unconventional spaces is acceptable, including outdoor locations.

  2. Fancy editing is not required.

  3. Recordings should show the dancer's entire body the entire time.  Please watch each video to make sure that the dancer does not go out of the frame of the camera before uploading the video.  This includes the feet and arms.

  4. It is best to NOT record hand-held so that the camera does not shake.  Using a tripod or propping the device up is the best option.

  5. Play your music on a separate device and make sure that the music is clear on the recordings.

  6. Try to have someone help you record so that they can start the music for you and refocus the camera to keep you dancing in the frame, if necessary.

  7. For each video submission, start each recording in a still shape and hold your final shape for at least 3 seconds before ending the recording.


Below is a link with the tutorial and demonstration videos for the three phrases you will be performing and recording (along with your solo):  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-w50tr-_Hdz6GxPx0EIhU8qOj3rAHO3H

  1. Ballet Phrase on the right and left side

  2. Jazz Skills Phrase - only on one side required as demonstrated

  3. Contemporary Modern Phrase - only one side required as demonstrated


Remember - We need to see your full bodies while you dance.  Take the time to focus the camera angle so the upper and lower body are visible for the full phrase.


ALL VIDEOS MUST BE UPLOADED BY NOON ON MONDAY FEB 8TH


Flipgrid Links for Uploading - You must use your AISD student email or Gmail account to upload:

Jazz: https://flipgrid.com/d5c9e702

Ballet: https://flipgrid.com/46eb0104

Modern: https://flipgrid.com/69bd0c3b

Student Prepared Solo: https://flipgrid.com/cfbe5f70


For more information or if you have trouble uploading, please contact:

Rachel Murray, Director of Dance at rachel.murray@austinisd.org

Natalie Uehara, Director of Dance at natalie.uehara@austinisd.org.