It’s Outriders audition time and I couldn’t be more excited.
Five years ago, when I first auditioned for the Outriders, I was excited, nervous, scared and had no idea what to expect. I can say now that going to the audition was one of the best decisions I have ever made — being an Outrider for the last four years has been an amazing experience. The opportunity to dance and perform for 20,000 people, the lifelong friends I have made and traveling with the team to Grey Cup and Edmonton every year are just a few of the reasons I am coming back for my fifth year as an Outrider. I hope that after reading this blog, you will feel prepared and excited for what is actually a fun and enjoyable experience.
The preliminary auditions will take place on Apr. 15 and will consist of a warmup — across the floor — and learning a dance routine and cheer. Once the cheer and dance are learned, they will be performed for the judges in small groups. This is a really fun part of the day when you get to show the judges who you are and how much you love to dance and perform.
The most important part is to be yourself and to let your personality show through. After the preliminary and semifinal rounds, there will be interviews and a three-day training camp for those who are invited.
To prepare for auditions on Apr. 15, I recommend stretching for just 10-20 minutes a day for the next couple of weeks. On the day of auditions, pull out the fake eyelashes and curlers and go for glam. A half-top and shorts are required at auditions. Make sure it is an outfit that you feel confident and comfortable in and that flatters your body. You’ll also want to bring a sweater and sweat pants to warm up in and put on when there is down time as you’ll want to keep your muscles warm!
Bring lots of snacks and a water bottle with you as there isn’t any time to go buy food and it is a long day. I also recommend bringing your makeup, hair supplies and a small mirror with you for touch-ups and quick fixes throughout the day.
I encourage anyone who loves to dance and perform, whether you are technically trained or not, to attend auditions this year. Don’t let the fear of not making it get in the way of trying out! There are a number of girls over the years who have made the team after trying out once, twice or three times before. Each year you try out gives you more experience to help you the next year!
The best advice I can give you for auditions is to be yourself and let your personality shine through. Not everyone is the best at picking up choreography quickly and that’s okay, just remember to keep performing, keep the smile on your face and “fake it until you make it.” Do your best, be confident and remember to have fun!
I want leave you with a quote that I firmly believe in: “There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.” I look forward to seeing you at auditions!
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