Auditioning: How to Mentally Prepare For Auditions

with Anneli Chasemore



    Auditioning is a process that dancers must go through. It is the most common way to be accepted for training or to get a job. In some ways dancers continue auditioning for their whole career. Even once we have entered a company, we may audition for a choreographer or to be cast in a particular ballet. Also, if there is a change in directorship, we will be subjected to having to prove ourselves again. In some ways auditions are a chance to be seen, to have a chance to show what we are capable of and what it is that makes us unique. The audition situation is, however, highly stressful, especially when we lack the mental skills and practice to cope. How can we prepare, not just physically, but also mentally to cope with expectations and rejections? How can we feel positive about an audition and have a mindset that helps us to show ourselves from our best side. How can I feel in control of a situation in which I feel that I am powerless. There are psychological tools that can support us in coping with the stress of an audition. By understanding and applying these tools, we can regain our sense of autonomy and feel more in control. These very valuable skills are necessary if we are to be resilient enough to face the audition process again and again. This webinar examines different approaches and introduces tools and practices to support dancers in the audition process.

    The webinar was produced in 2023 and provides basic knowledge. Please note that there may be changes to specific dates or details. We will always endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible with any updates.



    • Why do you dance? What is your motivation? Is it intrinsic and/ or extrinsic? What is the difference?
    • What factors influence your motivation?
    • What is the difference between a mastery orientated and performance orientated dancer?
    • When you make judgements about your abilities, are they based on your own progress or on comparisons with other dancers?
    • What is the difference between perfectionistic striving and perfectionistic control?
    • How does the motivational climate effect perfectionism?
    • Which strategies can help you cope with anxiety?
    • Imagine an audition situation with your normal habitual thinking. Identify some thoughts that are not beneficial.
    • Then apply some of the strategies that you have heard about in this webinar. Constructively alter your negative thoughts to improve them.