Hello! I hope you all are having a great start to the week so far.
I don’t have too much time at home, but I wanted to go ahead and dive into the next subject regarding NBA/NFL dancer auditions. I realize this series only hits a small demographic of readers out there, but it’s something I have been wanting to cover for quite some time. I’m so happy to see a lot of you enjoyed reading my Food & Fitness Guide!
Today I wanted to go over what the heck to wear to an audition. Outfits are always something women stress over, so I hope this gives you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for it!
If you’re planning on competing against potentially hundreds of others for a spot on a team, it’s never to early to put your audition outfit together.
You might be attending some pre-audition classes before the big day, which I fully encourage you to do if you have the opportunity!
Don’t fret about what to wear to those. Generally, you can wear what you feel comfortable dancing in, but I would be prepared for any style of dance (jazz, hip-hop, pom, etc.) and come with different shoe options (more on this below!)
I always dressed for classes with a base of a fun (supportive) half top and hot shorts. I would throw a tank and loose pants over that, and wear whatever I felt like de-layering to once class started.
You’ll want to look presentable during classes, but don’t worry about going all out with fake eyelashes and the whole nine. Wear your hair down if you’re not used to dancing with it in your face, and wear enough makeup to represent the look you want the coaches to remember you by.
My first year auditioning for the NBA, I sequined a swimsuit top from Target and wore a pair of my college dance team hot shorts. Although that outfit got me through the process, by no means did it help me stand out.
Do you want to know what does? Lots of color on the top and bottom anddd all the sparkles.
Seriously. The more obnoxious, the better.
At the end of the day, your talent and personality is what is going to get you the furthest in the audition process, but it can’t hurt to go in with a killer outfit, too. Below are my personal tips I picked up on throughout the years!
• audition tops should be sassy not flashy
Some buy brightly colored bras and rhinestone them from top to bottom. That works, but you want to be careful it doesn’t just look like you’re wearing a sparkly “bra” out there.
Sassy bikini tops get you noticed, but you need to make sure your top secures everything into place and that you feel comfortable dancing in it – no flashing. My favorite audition tops are padded bikini tops from Victoria Secret Swim or Venus Swimwear, and there’s no need to wear anything under it. I’ve learned the most practical style to audition in is the halter top, and I’ve learned to stay away from the bandeau.
Here is my favorite audition top I own in two colors that I used for two separate auditions!
• think outside of the “black hot shorts” box
Black hot shorts will blend you into a sea of girls, while a unique bottom will help you stand out. Instead of getting a pair of shorts at your local dance supply store, get creative by searching through swimwear shorts, skirts and even bikini bottoms. The Line Up is a great professional uniform distributor and can help you create your dream audition outfit.
Do you know a local costume designer? If it fits in your budget, ask them to create a pair of hot shorts or skirt that compliments your top.
If you are creating an outfit entirely on your own, try searching for full coverage bottoms in swimwear.
Or even go for a skirt.
• have shoe options with you
You never know what to expect at an audition, especially one for professional sports. You will most likely need a pair of jazz shoes and a pair of versatile sneakers. For jazz shoes, my favorite brand was or Bloch or Capezio you can find at any dance supply store or online. I recommend a tan color in order to extend your leg line, but the choice it totally up to you.
(Try Discount Dance Supply!)
It’s always a good idea to come prepared with sneakers, too. If the audition calls for a hip-hop routine, you might want to change into your sneaks to get in the groove.
Bring along a pair of shoes you feel comfortable moving around in (cross trainers vs. running shoes) or even go for a funky high top.
Reebok UR Mid-Lead Sneakers (similar)
I always found great deals at outlet stores like Nike, Adidas, and online at Pastry.
• bring coverups you can dance in
You might be invited to put on a pair of sweat pants or something looser than a half top and boy shorts for part of the audition. I always arrived in a pair of sweats I could dance in, a loose tank that matched my audition outfit, and a zip-up I could easily throw over my top if I got cold.
Most dancers know the brand Nappy Tabs.
I absolutely love their line of sweats and cover ups.
Alternatively, you could go for leggings, but sweats are a lot easier to just throw on top of your shorts and go!
• wear tights, or don’t. (It’s up to you!)
Most teams give you the option to wear tights or not at the audition. I wore nude fishnets throughout all of my years while dancing with the Orlando Magic, and they were what I always felt the most comfortable in.
Just like your top, you want to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing so this one’s really up to you. You could even get fishnets with rhinestoned seems, if you’re looking for extra sparkle.
• if you accessorize, make sure nothing is going to fall off of you
There’s no such thing as “too much bling” at an audition, however, a flying bracelet across the room could be very distracting. You don’t want to be that girl. Accessorize with belts, bracelets, earrings, rings and even hair bling if you feel secure about them staying in place!
Pull accent colors from your outfit, or accent with crystal rhinestones:
My Audition Outfits:
Pistons Dancers 2012
Orlando Magic Dancers 2007-2011
As you progress into more rounds, they might ask you to come prepared for a formal interview that you would dress in typical business attire for, and you might even need a cocktail dress for Finals.
It all depends on the team and what they have in store for their audition week!
If you are auditioning for a professional dance team or know someone who is, I hope this helped you get an idea of what to wear to it. Every team is different, and some hopefuls dress up a lot more than others. I come from Orlando, where the more original and creative your outfit is, the more you stand out!
Please feel free to comment or email me with specific questions!
I have a busy afternoon at the gym on the horizon, followed by a trip down to Detroit, so I will see you guys back here tomorrow morning. Happy Tuesday!