Hi I’m Taryn and I’m 11 years old. Last year I attended Cecchetti Associates. It was every month and each class there was a forty-five minute ballet class and another class of something new each time such as character, Irish dancing, hip-hop and lots of others. You do Associates classes in addition to your normal dance classes. This year I auditioned for two more prestigious Associate schemes including Central School of Ballet, Tring Park School of the Performing Arts as well as Cecchetti again.
To prepare for the auditions you just need to work hard and stretch as much as possible. Sometimes you have to take photos of yourself in different positions such as arabesque, plié, and just standing straight to send in with the application (this is one of the photos I had to send to Central).
The auditions aren’t that hard because there are a range of ages and abilities. In each class at the audition there are about thirty children. You normally have a chance to warm up and stretch before you go in. The audition itself normally contains barre work, centre work and a flexibility test. I was quite surprised that none of the auditions I went to asked for the splits (thankfully). At first the auditions are quite scary but the more you do the better you will get. Even if you don’t get in just think of it as a great class with an amazing teacher. If you make a mistake don’t stop smiling, smile even more, if you do they might not know you made a mistake!
This worked for me, I hope it will work for you.