As I approached Ballet San Jose memories started flooding my mind. As a student I would watch the professional dancers of Ballet San Jose for hours and hours as they rehearsed for various ballet’s. I would imagine what it would be like to be a professional dancer in this company and each day I would get there early enough to watch them. I always hoped that whatever they had I would catch so I could dance in the company! Now here I was standing in front of Ballet San Jose where my dream to become a professional ballerina began! SO COOL!
Okay back to the story. The front doors were locked and the dancers were required to wait outside until registration began. The doors opened and I realized I didn’t pre-register (usually a good idea to check ahead lol). After registration I headed up the stairs and was in awe of the beautiful pictures on the walls of the company dancers. The familiar smell of the studio where the professionals would dance hit me. Wasn’t sure quite what the smell was, but I knew I was home again.
More and more dancers arrived stretching and preparing for the audition. I decided to stand at the very front center barre that was already out “assuming” they would place us according to numerical order. It was time for the audition to begin and two past Principal dancers and one current Principal dancer with Ballet San Jose walked in. I was star struck and now very nervous! They decided to keep us where we were at the barre and not put us in numerical order. I was NOT okay with this because these principal dancers saw me dance when I was 15! The pressure was on now to show them who I had become as a professional dancer. AH! Okay Anna breathe…
As the class progressed I felt great. I was strong, did double turns pretty consistently, and could show I was enjoying myself even though I was very nervous. When we began to do small jumps I froze and did not remember the combination at all. It showed and I was a bit embarrassed. Across the floor exercises came and my confidence was shaky but I did the exercises anyway and pushed myself despite what I felt like. The audition concluded and they said they would be getting in touch with us on the results. They didn’t say when, but I am assuming April or May.
As I headed down the stairs I patted myself on the back that I was actually back at Ballet San Jose where my dream first began actually auditioning for the company! Now the results were out of my hands and it was time to focus on my next audition!
Audition #9 a success!