Wow. What a weekend. I may not be able to move very much today but it was all worth it.
Earlier in the week I had received a call from ROH2 about an audition that I had sent my cv off for (and pretty much forgotten about). They were looking for a small, pale skinned petite dancer so I thought what the heck, let’s give it a go, I can play a 15 year old can’t I?….. So I went to my ballet class as usual as I thought that would be a good idea before the audition, a warm up to get me in the mood. Looking back that probably wasn’t the best idea…
After my 2 hour class I made my way to Covent Garden. I was incredibly laid back on my way to the audition, thinking it’ll be good experience but I’ll be out pretty quickly. Let’s remember I haven’t really done any auditioning like this for about 8 years and I’d only got the call a couple of days ago so didn’t think much of it. I was really touch and go about going in the first place, the sun was shining and I knew I was going to be indoors all day Sunday so Saturday afternoon was my only chance to soak up some rays.
I didn’t have time to grab any lunch on the way but again, presumed it would be over pretty quickly so thought I’ll just grab some food after. I signed in at the stage door to the Royal Opera House (most exciting) and was sent to sit with the other auditionees. This is when I thought oh dear lord. What are you doing woman???? The girls were all easily over 10 years younger than me, and looked fresh out of full time dance school. I either run out of the door now or take a deep breath and go for it.
I went for it – and so glad I did! We met Arthur Pita and his assistant for the day Yann, and what an experience. It was an absolute honour to meet Arthur, and I was in awe of the way Yann moved, it was so inspiring and enthralling to watch. I could have just watched them both all day.
We started with a ballet barre and out of my beady little eye I could see the standard was pretty impressive. I thought just enjoy it and think of it as a free workshop.
There was a mix of drama, ballet and contemporary, and although I wasn’t the strongest dancer I impressed myself with the acting, I was pretty good as an angry moody teenage girl! Then came the phrase….which I thought I sucked at. I’ve never been at one with the floor. I’m not friends with it so it isn’t easy to throw myself on it time and time again. I certainly felt my age at that point!
After 2 amazing hours, it was time for a break whilst they decided who to take through to the next stage. I had to wait but had taken my hair down, put my t-shirt back on and was ready to soak up some of the remaining sunshine. I was quite pleased I’d had the balls to go through with it, and got an incredible 2 hour workshop out of it!
We got called into the corridor where the producer had the horrible task of giving the good and bad news. She said she was going to call out the names of those who were going through, and I almost choked when she read my name out first. Surely she’d made a mistake?!
I can’t describe how I felt, I was almost shaking with shock!
We were taken to another studio, and on the way shared a lift with Alina Cojocaru – could this day get any better??!!
After another hour of absolute heaven with Arthur and Yann, I left the Royal Opera House feeling truly exhilarated and so proud of myself. It’s been a long time since I did anything like this and have always doubted myself and my ability to make it – am I good enough? Am I too small? Am I too old?! No matter what the outcome of this, I have gained more confidence and will keep on going – it might not be too late after all!