Hey Halifax! Do you think you’ve got the right moves to dance your way into the finals of So You Think You Can Dance Canada?

Well, here’s your shot to show off your stuff when auditions for the TV dance competition rolls into town on Monday. So polish off those dancing shoes and head on down to register at Halifax’s Cunard Centre (961 Marginal Rd.) on Monday at 9 a.m.

Auditions are open to all Canadians who, as of April 1, are of the age of majority in the province/territory in which they live, and are no more than 30 years of age. The age of majority in Nova Scotia is 19.

So what does it take to impress the judges and make it to the next round of the competition? For starters, don’t waste the judges’ time by goofing around. If dancing is where your talents lie, prove it, says special guest judge Dan Karaty, who’s a judge on the American version of the show.

“This is an audition for a television show, not just a typical dance audition,” says the dance choreographer. “Don’t wait to ‘wow’ us. Show us your best stuff up front. We’re looking for great dancers with great personalities.”

Halifax is the second stop on the cross-country audition tour for So You Think You Can Dance Canada, which will also hit three other Canadian cities: Calgary on May 12, Montreal on May 27 and Toronto on June 9.

One of the biggest and most common mistakes competitors do during their audition is look down at the floor. Making eye contact with the judges is crucial, whether you move on or say goodbye to the competition.

Karaty adds that you’ve got to make that connection with the judges and the audience if you want to advance to the next round of the contest. Fashion plays a part, too!

“Girls, if you look good in spandex, you’ll look better in something else!” Karaty says. “Guys, you DO NOT look good in spandex! Wear something cool, comfortable that reflects your personality and make sure it’s something you can dance in.”

Keep in mind that you’re being judged from the moment you walk into the room, “confidence is cool … cockiness is not,” adds Karaty.

For more information, visit www.dance.ctv.ca.

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