Ballet Audition must haves: for her

Ballet Audition must haves: for her

During a ballet audition, it is important for a dancer to present herself immaculately in order to create a positive impression. From personal experience, I realise that it can be difficult to determine what to wear during a classical ballet audition (unless uniform requirements have been specified.) I have put together a list of my top picks from our online store to assist those who are preparing for an audition.


The leotard is possibly the most important piece of clothing to decide upon prior to an audition. From my personal experience, I feel that it is best to choose a simple style for a classical ballet audition. This is so that the lines of the body are not overwhelmed, as the dancer’s technique should be the main focus of attention. You will see the majority of dancers wearing Black, Navy or Burgundy leotards, but don’t let this put you off going for a slightly different colour to grab the panel’s attention! (although I don’t think that neon green would go down well….)


Colours: Black, Purple.
This beautiful leotard is available in classic black as well as a beautiful purple shade which is eye catching yet classical. The leotard features a shelf bra lining as well as an adjustable ruche which can be adjusted to suit your personal preference..The spaghetti straps are beautifully simple as well as extremely comfortable.


Capezio Bra Tek LeotardColours: Black, Navy, Burgundy
For those girls that need more support than a shelf bra, this is the leotard for you. There is an actual bra concealed inside the leotard (with cups and
everything!) with hook and eye closure to ensure total comfort and confidence. This leotard features a flattering scoop neckline which would suit a multitude of body shapes.


Ava LeotardColours: Black, Navy, Burgundy, Violet
A simple, classic design. It features a flattering spaghetti strap design as well as a shelf bra lining.This leotard is available in a wide variety of gorgeous colours which would all be suitable for the audition room. The Ava leotard has a fully adjustable ruche and is also “RAD approved” for vocational exams – a real multi tasker!


GM Cap sleeve leotardColours: Black, Navy, Burgundy
If you are not a fan of spaghetti straps, then this leotard may be perfect for you! This leotard features a beautiful scoop back as well as a flattering V neck. Like most of our leotards, the Cap Sleeve Leotard features a shelf bra lining for support.

Top Tip: I would ALWAYS recommend wearing your “audition leotard” to a class prior to audition. This way you can make sure that you are comfortable in it as it is considered a ballet “faux pas” to fiddle with your leotard during the audition!


Dancers should always try to wear a pair of brand new tights for each audition. This is to ensure that they have not lost their colour and that they are free of snags. I would also recommend carrying a spare pair incase of emergency! Here at Dancemania we stock a wide range of ballet tights such as seamed, seamless and convertible to fit your needs. Generally, any ballet tights are considered acceptable as long as they are pink/peach!
You can view our range of ballet tights here : link


No underwear should be visible during an audition. Many dancers do not wear any underwear during an audition in order to achieve a truly seamless look.
However if you would not feel comfortable without underwear I would recommend the following:
Capezio seamless low rise thong
Capezio seamless low rise brief

Ballet Shoes

You will generally start the audition In flat ballet slippers.
Leather, canvas and satin shoes are acceptable as long as they are clean and pink (to match your tights). Your ballet shoes should be as tight as possible in order to show the lines of your beautiful feet!
Most advanced dancers prefer to wear split sole ballet shoes as they enhance the arch of the foot and for this reason I would generally recommend this style. You can view our range of ballet shoes here Link.

I would always recommend taking your pointe shoes (if you wear them) to all auditions. You may be asked to do some pointe work so it is always best to be prepared! You should never wear brand new pointe shoes to an audition (unless they are Gaynor Minden) as they will not be broken in which will make them difficult to dance in!


I would recommend styling the hair into a neat ballet bun. The ideal ballet bun should fall in line with the tips of your ears in the centre of your head. You can find all of your hair essentials here.


Look happy! The panel at an audition only have a short amount of time to decide weather they would accept you as a pupil, use this time to show them your love and passion for dance. Make eye contact with them, and if you are not feeling confident – pretend you are!

GOOD LUCK! – from all of us at Dancemania.

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