Lynch Dance Institute (LDI), fostering excellence through the joy of dance, announces a full line of services to support dancers as they prepare for their summer intensive auditions. For the first time, many summer dance intensive auditions will be held online, requiring dancers to take many other digital challenges into account among the already demanding artistic requirements of auditions. With many holiday season performances canceled, now is a great time for dancers to start preparing for the new demand of online auditions, and LDI’s customized audition packages have everything auditioners need to maximize their ability to shine within their current circumstance.
LDI founders Alexandra Dickson Lynch and Timothy Lynch, retired Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers, bring more than three decades of professional experience in audition and dance training. The tech savvy duo had LDI’s classes fully up and running online within three days of the required COVID-19 studio shutdown this past March, fully set up with webcams, monitors and internet setups. After nearly 10 months of teaching via Zoom, Timothy and Alexandra are well versed in what works best online, offering private coaching, mentoring and audition material selection. Along with physical limitations, performing on camera via Zoom creates additional hurdles for dancers: dancers must select audition material that reads well on screen, and position themselves well on camera so their hard work and artistry is appreciated in two dimensions. Virtual one-on-one private training sessions and mentorship will help dancers across the nation nail their audition videos.
Auditions come at a particularly challenging year for young dance artists, many of whom may have been unable to attend lessons in person for months. Alexandra says, “We wholeheartedly understand the depth of challenges that all dancers and parents are experiencing right now. We designed our offerings to bring peace of mind and be a resource for dancers as they navigate this audition process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support and guidance.”
In the past three years, LDI students have attended the following summer intensives: American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Ballet and the School of American Ballet. LDI bridges traditional ballet training and contemporary dance trends with a “human first, dancer second” holistic approach that develops dancers physically, mentally and emotionally.
The full line of audition preparation services includes: private one-on-one coaching from LDI instructors to help students refine their audition materials and position themselves on camera; audition material selection where LDI teachers will work with dancers to select the best material that matches their artistic and athletic strengths; completely online, mentoring sessions with Alexandra and Timothy to empower students to make the right choice of where to audition, which schools may be the best fit and develop a mindframe for success; recommendations for dance videographers and photographers in case schools require additional taped or photographed material in addition to livestream; and technology advice.