A Day as a Dancer in NYC During Audition Season
A Day in the Life of a NYC Dancer
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Audition SZN is here, henny! Rushing between gigs, castings, auditions, and rehearsals is no joke and you always got to be on your A-game. We caught up with our fave Samantha to get the tea on what it’s really-really like for a freelance dancer in NYC.
Paint us a picture — what’s it like as a NYC dancer?
Being a freelance dancer here in NYC can be kind of like a circus act. But, if you’re able to juggle your money-making jobs, with the plethora of things you do to keep yourself ready for the next gig, it can be the most rewarding and fulfilling career.
Luckily, ((305)) Fitness happens to be the marriage of dance and fitness that allows me to feel like I’m still doing exactly what I love because I AM!
Love! How do you juggle between all the different auditions, rehearsals, performances, and gigs?
My day-to-day schedule is constantly changing, just hours before certain events at times. I’m grateful to technology for that. Sometimes I will get an email from my agent about a casting and I have to be ready to be seen. Having the ability to change things if necessary, within my schedule, is crucial.
Most days of the week I try to fit a ballet class in, whether at Peridance or at the Ailey School, my alma mater. The time will depend on whether I’m teaching early in the day or later. In the evenings, I usually have rehearsals for upcoming shows or gigs, so throughout the day I try to monitor how much energy I’m expending as best as possible. Those who know me know I struggle with taking time to relax, but I’ve improved!
Totally! What's one piece of advice that you'd offer an aspiring freelance dancer?
Since I started teaching at ((305)) Fitness, I have learned so much about my body that has really helped me, even in my quality of dancing. The textures that I can bring to movement if I really want to be seen are often similar to the way I cue in the room. I can’t express how important my teaching knowledge has been for my growth as a dancer.
In fact, the idea of using everything you learn to help your dancing improve is the main piece of advice I would offer dancers who are pounding the pavement out there like me. Every day is an opportunity to discover something new about yourself and your art not just through participating in it, but also by connecting to other humans and remaining curious about the world.
Stay humble, work hard, be patient, and the rest will come to you in a matter of time. It’s impossible to ignore consistency and drive.
Werk! Finally, what do you ALWAYS have with you during auditions?
The key to everyday for me is preparation. If I have an audition tomorrow, I have to make sure that I’ve got my headshot and resume ready, done some research about the choreography, and have an outfit that will make me feel as confident as possible when I get into the room. It also means that coming with prepared meals and snacks for my day has become essential. It ensures that I don’t have to waste time grabbing food and that I save money!