Successfully Applying as a Dancer

with Susan McDonald



    In this webinar, you will learn when and where auditions take place, how to write a resume and a cover letter, what choreographers want to see in a dance reel and how to present yourself successfully at auditions.

    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.



    Before You Apply

    Ask yourself what it is that you want. Find your own clear intention, the application will be then easier for you to write.

    • What kind of job do you want? Any job just to gain experience?
    • Are you looking for a specific style? Would you feel comfortable with the movement style of the company?
    • Would you prefer a fulltime job or guest contract in a state theatre? Are you then the type of person for this form of contract?
    • Do you prefer project work/ freelance work? Are you the type of person for this form of contract?
    • Are you prepared to move cities or even countries?
    • List the pros and cons of fulltime theatre jobs versus freelance projects.


    Reading the Job Advertisement

    • What style of dancer are they looking for? Do you fit this style?
    • How long is the contract?
    • Where is the company based? Are you prepared to move there? Note: Moving can be expensive. Do you need a working visa if the job is in another country?
    • Does the job advertisement ask for anything specific, any special qualities or tricks?
    • Then ask yourself: „Do I fit this job description?”
    • What is not included in the job advertisement? (wage, accommodation, working hours or days etc.)
    • Read other job advertisements for dance artists and analyse them. What is included and what is not?


    Make a list of things you would wish to ask in an interview before you accept a position.

    Check Your CV

    Keep your CV short, ideally one page (see the handout sheet for the layout).

    • Is your CV up to date, especially your contact details, current mobile phone number, email, postal address (most contracts will be sent per post)?
    • Does your CV fit to the job vacancy (the style, experience or not)?
    • What should not be included in your CV?





  • FAQ


    Can I include workshops in my CV?

    Certainly, but it is important not to solely focus on them.

    Do you have the capacity to review all the applications you receive?

    In the past, we received 1200 applications and only a small percentage of them demonstrated knowledge about our company. It is crucial to be honest and genuine in your application. It is better to provide truthful information. While you may not be able to delve deeply into it, you can still get an impression of who has taken the time to research and gather information about the company. But yes, we look at all the applications we receive.

    Is it advisable and permissible to use different clips in the own reel?

    Yes, however, if the video is too lengthy, I may skip through it. If I am specifically looking for a dancer, I focus on the quality of movement rather than the video's overall quality. It is important to capture the viewer's attention and make them want to see you perform live.

    Creating Dance Reels I - Fundamentals

    Creating Dance Reels II - Video Editing

    Does the background music in the video matter?

    It is not a significant factor. You can include different clips and reels in your video.