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How to Get into a National Ballet Company

Learn how to get into a national ballet company from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast dance video.


My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. The first thing you need to do is find a company that's right for you. You can go online and find different dance companies and research inside the company's website, look at videos and pictures, look at dancer's bios and also the artistic director's background. Once you establish what company is right for you, you want to go online and find exactly when their audition date is. Many companies audition once or twice a year, and you can also send in submissions online or in person. Also a good way to audition for these companies is through their workshops. A lot of companies offer workshops once or twice a year as well, and they're usually a week long or even longer. This is good because dancers are able to work with a choreographer or choreographers in the company, and the choreographers can see the dancer in a lengthy period of time, rather than at an audition.

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