Audition season is coming up, and for dancers, all over the country, that means lots of nerves and preparation. Months of stretching, dance classes, working out, eating clean and other preparations are involved in the process.
There is no feeling like walking into a room with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of beautiful, talented women. It is exciting, but intimidating. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends.
Some frequently asked questions I receive are, “What are the girls like?” and, “Do they act catty toward each other?” People are surprised to learn that despite the competitive nature of auditions, these women are extremely kind. It is during multiple auditions that I have met many of my closest friends. As we walk through the process together, we have an opportunity to experience the same challenges and emotions. Everyone is very encouraging and supportive of one another.
Madi Allemier, a professional dancer, shares that one thing she often struggles with at auditions is comparing herself to others.
“I pray knowing that God has the strength to get me through auditions and that He has a plan for me.”
This is a challenge that many dancers encounter, so my question is, how can we overcome this, together?
Part of auditioning for teams is knowing that there will be one of two outcomes. You will make it or you won’t. But through prayer and trusting in God, you know that everything will work out for your good (Romans 8:28), and that there is always a next step.
What Are You Waiting For?
Within the Christian community, when people are facing decisions, I often hear things like “I have been praying about what I should do next, but I am waiting for God to tell me what to do.” Sometimes, I think we can become stagnant, while God is waiting for us to make a move so that He can direct us.
For a professional dancer, the phrase, “what should I do next” usually means, put yourself out there, again and again. It means, go after your dreams – run, don’t walk! But, it also presents dancers with a perfect opportunity to pray and to pray with others. During last year’s final auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, talented women – beautiful and strong – came from all over the country to compete for a spot as one of America’s Sweethearts. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Lauren Parker, joined hands with the finalists to pray over them before the solos in the final auditions began. Through prayer, Lauren demonstrated how God has the power to calm nerves and provide peace. Her prayer is just one example of how a professional dancer has left a lasting impact on several women.
The power of prayer is strong, and it not only directly affects your personal relationship with God, but also affects others around you.
“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
written by Kristin Dodd