Alright so as there's more Auditions coming up this month, i thought id use my experience to help anyone planning to attend the march 21st, 22nd or 23rd auditions at Pineapple Dance Studios, London, Or Leeds.
You'll go into the studio and be given a sticky number, (if you go on the second day and get 500 like i did, dont worry, there's not that many people!). You'll also be given a sheet which just needs vital info like name, where you live etc. Then you'll line up (for ages!) to get height measured, then passed along to the auditions who may ask you when you're available to start etc. They're very nice, and if you smile and make a memorial impact on them then, you've got a good chance they'll watch you during your animation!
You'll then sit through this lovely long DVD explaining pay, contracts, accommodation etc by the Animation Leader, who's rather funny. Then you'll meet your choreographer. Shes wonderful, and so easy to learn from. This is where it gets important...
You'll be doing several animations to impress your auditioners each lasting for 8 counts, that's not a lot of time to show what you're made of!
The pattern goes;
8 x walking forward as a Cowboy/Cowgirl
8 x going round in a circle as a Pirate
8 x standing as one of the Dwarfs (Don't go to sneezy or sleepy, too stereotypical!)
4 x to the left, 4x to the right of being a villain. (You can be 2 different villains!)
8 x Curtsey or Bow like a Disney princess or prince (This can include Alice in the Wonderful and any Disney female.)
8 x Running off waving, blowing kisses etc.
Sounds easy right? WRONG.
So you'll practice with your choreographer a few times then get split into groups of 100. 10 People each will be asked to perform they're animation in front of your scary audition people. At the end of you're piece, if you're going home, you'll have your number called. Which can be really early in the day. This is the most important part of your experience.
Once everyone's done, the dancing commences. Now if you cant dance, DO NOT PANIC. There's a few quick turns and spins but at the end of the day, they aren't looking for amazing dancers all the time, They're looking for people who can perform and stick out in the crowd.
-If you have excessive piercings, e.g. more than one pair of earrings, i suggest you remove them.
-Tattoos aren't highly appreciated WHATSOEVER. If you have them, cover those puppies up. If you're covered in them, They will not think twice about you unfortunately.
-Wear a bright top, or something that will make you stick out. Between 300 girls and boys, you'll need all the attention you can get.
-Don't cover yourself in stage makeup. Keep your face as pure as possible. One of the auditioners is particularly looking for girls and boys that can be character look-a-likes. They look at your facial structure and features, so to get a better chance, keep it pure.
-Look presentable, Tracksuit bottoms and a baggy top, arent you to help you. Who cares if you havent got all the Pineapple dance trousers etc, a pair of leggings and a plain t-shirt or leotard are perfect.
The most important point i have to make is ENJOY IT. Its an amazing experience, you'll meet some lovely people on audition day and DO NOT PANIC. I wish you all the best of luck!