Tips for your audition for The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts

Auditions for The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts (TYC) are in full swing. To help you with your audition, we’ve compiled a list of audition tips from TYC members and instructors. Good luck to everyone this weekend!

 

Tips from members of The Young Canadians

1. It’s okay to be nervous. You need that adrenaline. Take that nervous energy and turn it into good energy.

 

2. Always be a little early. It’s very important to warm up properly, whether that means stretching or warming up your vocal cords.

Photo Credit: Bill Marsh / Calgary Stampede

 

3. For a dance audition, make sure to dress properly! It’s important to wear something that flatters you but doesn’t overshadow your dancing. Along with dressing properly, having the right dance shoes is essential.

 

4. Get plenty of rest the night before. It’s the best way to relax your body. Also pack snacks and a water bottle—your body will appreciate it.

 

5. Choose a song that suits your voice but don’t be afraid to experiment!

 

Tips for Dance from a TYC instructor

1. Let your personality and individual style shine through.

2. Show us your performance and confidence.

3. Ensure your body is stretched and warm heading into the audition.

4. Get ready to be quick on your feet and pick up combinations across the floor and in the centre promptly. 

5. Relax, enjoy and show us your love of dance! 

The Young Canadian

Tips for Vocal from a TYC instructor

1. Choose a song you are comfortable with and that showcases your talents.  

Show us who you are, not who you think we want you to be. Personally, I always prefer to see something done really well, even if it is a “simpler” song choice, over a piece that is too difficult.  

TYC vocal 

2.  Prepare.  

Take the time to prepare your piece so that when you enter the room you feel ready and can hopefully enjoy yourself. Auditions can be very intimidating, but it is also a chance to perform, so have fun. Practicing will help you to feel confident about what you are presenting. Warm up before you get there and run through your piece the day of the audition. This way you can review things and work out any last kinks. Drink water, not only the day of, but the day before.  

 

3.  Be kind.   

Being kind and gracious to everyone you encounter during the audition process is important. If you have someone playing for you or helping set up your track, be nice to them, and say thank you. If you are using sheet music, put it in a binder (the pianist will appreciate it). Don’t only be nice to us when you are in the room, be nice the entire time you are there.  

 

4.  Be confident, even if you have to rehearse it.

You can take time to practice walking into the room, introducing yourself and announcing your selection. Enjoy yourself while you perform your piece, and show us your personality. You are not only showing us your voice, but also who you are, so find the confidence to let that show through.  

 

5.  Don’t forget that we are on your side.

Every time someone walks in the room, we are excited to hear them. We want them to do well and have a good experience. We take notes to help ourselves remember everyone, and though we may look serious, we are enjoying ourselves and engaged in you. We may ask you to try different things or test your range; this is not to throw you off or see you fail, we are simply trying to get to know you better. We want to see you do well, so think of us as an audience there to support you instead of a panel taking notes behind a table. 

 

An additional tip….HAVE FUN!   

 

The best part of being a member of The Young Canadians (and how you can join them)

Do you want to take your technical and artistic performing arts skills to the next level? Auditions for The Young Canadian’s School of Performing Arts are coming up in May.

What’s amazing about being a part of The Young Canadians?

  • Year-round training in vocal, dance and performance with an incredible team of specialists.
  • The opportunity to perform in annual shows (on stages like the Jack Singer Concert Hall and the new Bella Concert Hall), not to mention in front of 20,000 + people for TransAlta Grandstand Show during the July Stampede.

And in addition to all of that? Here’s what The Young Canadians themselves have to say:

Auditions for dance begin May 28 and auditions for vocal begin May 29. Click here for more information. Tips for your audition coming soon here on the Stampede blog! Stay tuned.

Everything New is Old Again, The Young Canadians spring show

On Sunday, April 10 and Monday, April 11, The Young Canadians perform their spring show, Everything New is Old Again at the new Bella Auditorium at Mt Royal University. Robin Murray, 14 and Tiannin Chan, 13, tell us about the show. You can get your tickets here!

Calgary Stampede: Tell us about the title.

Tiannin Chan: Everything New is Old Again, will twist current hits into the musical styles of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Think Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop as 40′s jazz or the Fresh Prince of Bell Air as 20’s rag time.

As well as twisting new to old, we will flip some old classics on their head.

This show was inspired by New York-based Postmodern Jukebox led by frontman Scott Bradlee. Postmodern Jukebox posts weekly covers of recent pop songs with jazz or other genre variations. In January 2016, the Postmodern Jukebox YouTube channel surpassed 400 million views. The group is currently on a world-wide tour.

Young Canadians rehearsal What's Old is New Again April 2016

CS: What will the costumes be like?

Robin Murray: The costumes are an eclectic variety that ranges from traditional dance costumes to western wear to vintage.

CS: What’s it like performing at the Bella Concert Hall?

RM: Everything New is Old New Again will be the first production that The Young Canadians will have performed at the Bella Concert Hall. This venue is brand new and we are super excited to be performing on this stage.

CS: Sounds like a fun show.

TC: Yes! We are excited to be working on this show and twisting up new and old music.  The audience will hear music they recognize and will enjoy hearing it in a new style and seeing different style of dance that complement the music.

Highlights from the 2016 Calgary Stampede Annual General Meeting

Positivity and progress were reoccurring themes at the Calgary Stampede’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Shareholders gathered at Stampede Park to vote for the board of directors, receive financial and shareholder updates, and hear from president & chairman of the board of directors, Bill Gray, and chief executive officer, Warren Connell.

president & chairman of the board of directors, Bill Gray (L), chief executive officer, Warren Connell (R)

president & chairman of the board of directors, Bill Gray (L), chief executive officer, Warren Connell (R)

Gray spoke of the milestones celebrated in 2015, including the Stampede’s new partnership with the Calgary Opera to create a new opera space on Stampede Park, and of the achievements of the Stampede’s many youth education and development programs. “When I started as the Stampede’s president & chairman of the board, I knew that our organization, on a year-round basis, was very committed to youth education.  What I did not appreciate was the breadth and extent of our involvement in those programs,” he said. Continue reading

What gifts will you give this holiday season?

You’re invited to The Spirit of Christmas, presented by The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, on Sunday, December 6, at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. This uplifting performance celebrates the greatest gifts we can give each other this holiday season, inspiring audiences to think about the gifts that come from within.

Dancers and singers act out numerous gifts throughout the performance, including the gifts of compassion, joy, laughter, peace and more. “[This year’s performers] were asked to bring their own life experiences into the pieces, which creates those deeper threads,” says Cyndi Scott, director of dance development.

Our inner gifts

Our inner gifts

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Saddle up, sopranos

The Calgary Stampede is pleased and proud to announce a trailblazing partnership with the Calgary Opera.

The Calgary Opera’s new home will be on Stampede Park—Calgary Stampede’s Youth Campus, a year-round gathering place for the community is slated to open in 2017 or 2018. Under the agreement the Stampede will provide the land for the Calgary Opera to build a 50,000 square foot Opera Centre, which will include public space, a 300-seat rehearsal and performance space, classrooms, practice halls, administrative offices and much more. Youth Campus will also house the Young Canadian School of Performing Arts, the Stampede School and the Calgary Stampede Showband.

Pictured: Stampede Princess Haley Peckham, Jose David Londono (YC), Stampede Princess Kimberley Stewart, Kastin Stewart (YC), Stampede Queen Mick Plemel, Thomas Glen (Calgary Opera), Stampede Indian Princess Maya Many Grey Horses, Ali Byford (YC) and Lindsay Kelle (YC)

Pictured: (L to R) Stampede Princess Haley Peckham, Jose David Londono (YC), Stampede Princess Kimberley Stewart, Kastin Stewart (YC), Stampede Queen Mick Plemel, Thomas Glen (Calgary Opera), Stampede Indian Princess Maya Many Grey Horses, Ali Byford (YC) and Lindsay Kelle (YC)

At the celebration in the Rotary House on Tuesday, March 10, this deal was sealed with an exchange of a white cowboy hat for a Brunhilda helmet with horns. The two Bobs were eager to tell the audience about how the Youth Campus will allow for aspiring youths and industry professionals, several opportunities to pool resources, both the facilities and years of expertise, in order to create Calgary’s newest art and cultural hub.

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young Canadians Flash Mob Revealing of ‘By the Banks of the Bow’ Sculpture

By the Banks of the BowBy the Banks of the BowThis past Saturday, the Young Canadians got to practice their flash mobbing skills at the unveiling of the Calgary Stampede Public Arts Programs newest 2 million dollar bronze addition, ‘By the Banks of the Bow’, an incredible sculpture that illustrates two cowboys herding 13 horses from the past, present and future across the Bow River up to a bank. It was an honor to be asked to perform at the revealing of this new major landmark for the Calgary Stampede, and what made it even more fun is that our performance got to come as a surprise to all of the esteemed guests. Slowly, all of us Senior Cast members started to trickle out into the event area all decked out in our western gear, playing the part of just being there for support. Talking with the guests before our flash mob performance and tricking them into thinking we weren’t there to perform was almost as fun as watching their surprised and enthused faces as we randomly broke out into dance. This was my first flash mob experience, and even in the rain, it was so much fun! I can’t wait to take part in the ‘Party Rock Anthem’ flash mob every night of the of the 2012 Grandstand Show ‘Century’. We are going to get the whole audience dancing, so you better be prepared to party rock with us and celebrate the Stampede’s 100th year!

To make sure you are not the only one in the audience missing out on the party and not doing the flash mob, check out this link to learn it so you are ready to party rock with us! (Flash mob tutorial @ 9 min) : http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1672890933001.000000/jill–the-young-canadians–may-30th/