ORB Male Youth Dance Company
We’re now auditioning for a new cohort for ORB, a company dedicated to creating the highest quality contemporary dance training for aspiring and passionate young male dancers aged 14-25.
For those who require additional financial support we have a limited number of means tested bursaries available
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this year’s audition process will work slightly differently than previous years and will run virtually instead.
ORB Audition Remote Audition Guidelines
We are unsure how the next year of dance is exactly going to look but will strive to deliver an enjoyable, challenging and passionate programme of teaching for the company in a safe and creative environment.
Audition application form deadline:
Thursday 16th July 2020
Audition Date (Zoom dance class):
Sunday 19th July 2020
Final date for video application submissions:
Sunday 26th July 2020
1. Fill out an application form (below) as fully as you can
ORB Audition Application Form (opens Google Forms)
2. Attend a dance class on Sunday 19th July via the app Zoom where you will get taught a phrase and given a creative task to complete at home, after the class ends
3. Upload a video of your phrase and creative task as an ‘unlisted’ video to YouTube and send your link to Molly, our Creative Young People’s Producer.
Stage 2, Zoom Dance Class
Once you have submitted your application form you will be sent details of our live dance class that will be taking place over the app Zoom on Sunday 19th July 11am - 12.30pm and led by the company’s Rehearsal Director Luke Brown. The content of class is designed for the small spaces you are likely to be dancing in at home.
- Download and set up Zoom. This is a free app and is suitable for use on laptops / computers / iPads and mobile phones
- The day before the audition you will receive a Zoom link and a meeting password via email
- 15 minutes before the audition is due to start, simply click on the link which will take you to the Zoom class. Enter the password and you will then find yourself in the virtual waiting room
- When we see your name in the waiting room we will admit you into the class where Luke will welcome you
- Class begins!
Stage 3, Filming at Home
After attending the online dance class, we would then like you to film the phrase learnt in class and a more creative task.
If you have any questions about this stage of the audition, you can email us at any time or there will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the online class.
These phrases will be fast paced and designed to push your contemporary technique, focusing on a fluidly and powerful movement language.
This creative task will be based on the material learnt in class. With guided instructions you will be asked to choreography a response to the material that utilises the company's core values of power, precision, fluidity and seamlessness.
Your footage can either be recorded in three sections or one continuous stream, it’s up to you!
We are not expecting high-quality footage - it can be recorded on a mobile phone
When you film, try to make sure that we can see your whole body and that you are not too far away from the camera. We are not worried about what’s in the background, just make sure you have space and we can see all of you!
Uploading your videos
We would like you to upload your videos to YouTube using an unlisted setting. This means that only the people you send the link to can actually watch your videos and you are in control of who can see them. You will have one week after the online dance class to film and upload your video.
Here’s how to upload:
1. Create a YouTube account (if you use a Gmail account for emails you will already have one, you will just need to sign in). Go to YouTube, click on ‘Create Account’ in the top right-hand corner. Enter the required information and follow the steps.
2. Click ‘Upload’ in the top right-hand corner and upload your file.
3. In the Title section put your name and ORB audition
4. In the privacy section, select ‘Unlisted (anyone with the link can see my video)'. Click save, then copy the link and email it to email@example.com by Sunday 26th July.
There are many videos available online that demonstrate the steps. Here are a couple that we have found helpful!
Zoom class checklist
- Make sure the space you are planning to dance in is as clear as possible
- Set up your device and screen so we can clearly see your whole body on the screen as much as possible
- Make sure that you won’t be interrupted by family members or pets coming in and out of your space, so you can focus on dancing
- Have a water bottle in the room ready
- Make sure you present yourself as you would do in the studio, appropriate dance clothing, (nothing too baggy) no jewellery, long hair tied back.