The casting was in Fulham Broadway. I spotted a dancer as soon as I got off the train (you can always spot your own kind!) and followed her at a distance to the venue. There wasn't alot of people, which was good. There was a few people I recognised. A guy came out taking people in three's to a room. The nerves kicked in so I had to pee. Of course when I came back they guy was already playing the music we would be dancing too so I caught the last 10 seconds. Great.
He told us that the job would pay £150. I was thinking that's good! But 2 people walked out saying they don't do jobs for only £150. So when I got called to go and audition, they called out the 2 people that just walked out and I had to awkwardly explain that they weren't on it. Oh dear.
I went to the room with two girls instead. Ironically, one was the one I followed. The guy told us that they weren't looking for krumping, waacking. They wanted laid back and popping and locking so I thought OK, I can do it even though I have a habit of free styling fast when I'm nervous.
We got into the room and had our picture taken and then the video man said, "Right girls, I just want you to slow it down. I want a bit of popping." And he did some weird robot dance. "And some locking." He followed that with a wave. I tried not to laugh at how in accurate he was.
One of the girls told him she was a commercial dancer. He looked at her up and down and noticed she was wearing heels.
"You gonna dance in them?" he said, pointing at her shoes.
She nodded and he sighed, "It's not really the look we're going for love. We want a bit of swagger."
So he made her run back upstairs to get her boots.
All the audition was based on freestyle and he wanted us all to freestyle at the same time. Now, this song is fast. I was trying to just go on the baseline but it was fast. So I did a bit of popping and then I went into locking but you can't lock slow to that song so I thought screw it and I just went for it. I have no idea how it looked and if I just done everything they told us not to do.
All of the dancers that came out looked so annoyed and kept saying, "You can't move slow to THAT song!"
So we'll see what happens. Overall it was a very cool experience and would be even better if I get the job. I'm going New York in November so that's 75% of my money. Fingers crossed for me.
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