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In my last dance season I was able to attend a handful of really great dance conventions including Jump, Radix, and Revel! All of these, as well as many other conventions have auditions for scholarship opportunities. I always see a lot of dancers getting super nervous and worrying about whether or not they have what it takes to get a "scholarship" and I wanted to share how my studio and my mom help me in preparing for these.
MOST IMPORTANT - HAVE FUN! Conventions are a great way to get you out of your comfort zone and expand your knowledge in many genres of dance. But if you aren't having fun, it will make your nerves that much worse.
This is the perfect time to make new friends. See that dancer that looks a little out of place? Go say hi, tell her (or him) your name, and dance next to them or somewhere close by. Maybe they will open up and be friendly, maybe they won't, but making new friends is one of THE BEST things that can happen at dance conventions!!
Find a spot with room so you can really learn the dance. If you are constantly trying to get up front and center because you feel like you aren't going to be seen, then you are wasting precious time to really learn from your instructors. They really will see you no matter where you are.
Be sure to ask questions. Most instructors will allow you to ask a question for clarification.
AUDITION TIME - Don't freak out! If you don't get a scholarship or get called out IT'S OK. It doesn't mean that you are not talented or that you should feel disappointed in any way!
DO YOUR BEST and remember that there is only one you. You are an ORIGINAL!!