3 Winning Tips To Sharpen Your So You Think You Can Dance Canada Audition

3 Winning Tips To Sharpen Your So You Think You Can Dance Canada Audition

It’s showtime!

So You Think You Can Dance Canada is auditioning here in Toronto this weekend, SUNDAY JUNE 8th (visit dance.CTV.ca for all info).

But before you get on that stage, here’s three simple tips to sharpen your skills and get noticed at the Toronto audition:

1.) Bring Your “A” Game

Haven’t danced in a while? Here’s a reality check… Chances are, the people around you at the Toronto audition have been working on their craft for years. You need to bring the BEST of your technical and performing abilities, not the best abilities you had when you were fourteen. The time is NOW. If you’re not bringing your absolute best to the audition, then you should consider getting your butt to a dance class NOW, and auditioning next year.

2.) Look The Part

How many times have you turned on the TV, and said “What the heck are they WEARING?” You need to not just show that you can dance, but LOOK like someone to watch. It’s a TV show people, so look like you belong. Take your appearance seriously: shave, do style your hair, put on killer makeup, and find that wardrobe that compliments YOU. The people behind the table need to know what you’ll look like if you make it through. And don’t worry about what other people are doing- do YOU. And do you well. Not only will you look great, you’ll feel great too- which leads into my next tip…

3.) Dance with “Tchoucka”

I recently taught dance workshops in Tel Aviv, Israel. In Israel, the word Tchouka (pronounced Choo-Kah, not sure if I spelled it right?) means PASSION. So, when you set foot on that stage, from minute one to the end, let your soul shine. Dance with heart, integrity, passion and confidence and you will be noticed. Believe in yourself, and others will believe in you.

I’d also like to stress: stay humble, and be open to professional feedback. You want to be someone the choreographers WANT to work with, so choose to be that person.

And ALWAYS applaud the achievements of your friends and NEW FRIENDS you’ll make that day. You must have a genuine interest in the other people auditioning- they are just as nervous as you are, so high five! Not everyone will be picked. But you can create a great energy and karma by placing others first.

Now go show Canada that you Think You CAN Dance.

Merde everyone, and break a leg!

– Shawn Byfield


Published by ShawnByfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

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