This is an exciting time of year for many auditioning dancers, who are announcing where they are going next and what dance company contracts they have received.
It is a joy to see the dancers who attended my Marketing Workshop for Dancers and whose dance audition photos I took announce that they have signed professional dance contracts and are taking the next step in their careers.
Gianna Nicoline, who received a contract with Richmond Ballet, had this to say about her audition photos and my marketing workshop for dancers in NYC.
“I never thought too much about my audition photographs. I just assumed a headshot and a first arabesque photo taken by a friend at my dance studio would be sufficient. Then I attended one of Rachel Neville’s dance marketing workshops and felt very differently.
This season was my first professional audition experience. It was totally different from my past summer intensive experiences. I booked a session with Rachel and after listening to her workshop advice. My headshot and photos were stunning. Rachel managed to capture the very best of me for my photos. Her knowledge of dance and the body made the shoot so enjoyable.
When presenting my photos at my auditions everyone did a ‘double take’ taking the time to really look at my photos, not just shove them in the pile with the rest of the applicants. There were two companies that I wanted to audition for that were by ‘invitation only.’ I had to send in a video along with photos in order to be considered to audition.
Along with the video, I sent the required photos and a few extra special ones (all taken by Rachel of course!). For both auditions, I was invited to the audition! I sincerely believe that the photos got me the invite!“
Emily Simpson now has a contract at the Pittsburg Ballet Theater
Jessica McCann also received a contract from PBT.
Angeli Mamon got a contract with Pacific Northwest Ballet
Ainsley Sorenson was offered a contract with Arizona Ballet.
Congratulations to all of the dancers, these and many others with whom I have worked this year, on a successful audition season!
Learn more about my Marketing Workshop for Dancers, perfect for taking the next step in your dance career.