Minnesota Brass auditions were Wednesday night.
You know how on So You Think You Can Dance, there are always dancers that do really well with their routine they’ve been perfecting for ages? And then Nigel and Mia and Adam send them on to choreography to see how well they can pick up new stuff? And you know how there’s always someone flailing about in choreography, three beats behind and running into the other dancers?
I wish I had done that well.
From the beginning of my Minnesota Brass adventure, picking up the routines has been the hard part for me. Once I learn something (by videotaping the staffers and then practicing it endlessly at home, one frame at a time), I can do it pretty well.
So Wednesday, on all the floor routines and flag routines we’ve been learning at rookie nights, I did well. Yay!
Then they added "just a little bit on to the audition piece, to see well you can pick things up." Crap.
They more than doubled the length of the audition piece, and even with some one-on-one help, I just couldn’t keep up. I can’t memorize things that quickly. So when we ran through the entire piece, start to finish with the new stuff, I just stood there once we got to the new stuff. Everybody else was spinning, tossing, sitting, turning–not perfectly, but at least you could tell they were doing the same basic stuff.
I was just standing there. My body didn’t know what to do.
They haven’t posted the list of people who made it yet. It sounds like they rarely cut people entirely, but it also sounds like they’ll be doing just that for a few people this year.
At any rate, I’m relieved auditions are over! I had a blast learning new stuff, and we’ll see what happens. I did my best and I’m glad I tried out–thanks for all your encouragement the past two months. I’ll let you know when I find out the results.