What is an ASH Assistant?
ASH Assistants are an elite group of dancers invited to tour with, assist, and be mentored by Artists Simply Human’s esteemed faculty of world renown choreographers for one full season. During the tour season that ASH Assistants are on full scholarship, they will learn routines specifically choreographed for them by the ASH faculty that they will perform in both the Welcome Show and Closing Show in every city. Additionally, they gain an inside perspective of the dance industry and what it takes to become a professional. Becoming an ASH Assistant is a life changing experience, and is the highest scholarship presented by Artists Simply Human.
How Do I Become An ASH Assistant?
To become an ASH Assistant, you must first be named an ASH Apprentice or ASH Apprentice Runner Up during the Regional Tour, and then audition at Artists Simply Human’s Nationals. At Nationals, the ASH Assistant audition consists of ballet, contemporary, hip hop, improv and solo performance.
This is the culmination of the ASH Apprentice/ASH Apprentice Runner Up Scholarship program. There is no scoring or weighted scoring of any kind. This is also an “Add- On” to your convention registration and is to audition to become an ASH Assistant or ASH: The Company Member for the 2023-2024 Season. There is not a separate audition for ASH: The Company. All auditioners are referred to as “ASH Assistant Auditioners” and, at registration, are given a special colored label on which their scholarship number is printed in order to signal to all Faculty that they are auditioning to become an ASH Assistant or ASH: The Company Member. There are 3 parts of the ASH Assistant Audition:
- ASH Assistant Audition Solo: A prepared solo must be performed. This performance is not part of the Open Competition and if you would like to enter it into the Open Competition, you must register it separately.
- Live Audition: This is a closed audition and will be run by ASH’s Director and Faculty in Attendance.
- Convention Class Work: All Auditioners are observed by all ASH Faculty in attendance. Work ethic, responsibility, focus, technique and speed of learning are aspects that are important to becoming an ASH Assistant and are observed by all decision-makers.
PREREQUISITES TO AUDITION
To be eligible to register for the ASH Assistant Audition at Nationals, you must have received an ASH Apprentice or ASH Apprentice Runner Up Scholarship at a 22/23 Regional event.
Dancers MUST audition in the age group in which they received their ASH Apprentice or ASH Apprentice Runner Up Scholarship.
Dancers must be able to attend the ASH Assistant Audition, convention classes, closing number rehearsals and the Gala to participate.
Dancers will begin with the ASH Assistant Audition Solo performance. Dancers will bring a solo (already choreographed) to be scored by the ASH Faculty. No critiques or awards will be given for this solo; it is specifically a part of the ASH Assistant Audition. This will be performed on the ASH stage. Costumes and makeup are encouraged but not required. Doors will be open for teachers, dancers and parents to watch (No wristband needed).
Next, will be the Live Audition process. Dancers will learn combinations from the ASH Faculty. Once they learn all combinations, they will audition in front of the ASH Faculty. (Bring clothes and shoes for ALL styles!). This audition is closed. No teachers or parents will be allowed in the room for any reason.
Finally, all 22/23 ASH Assistants will be announced at the Gala on the final night of Nationals!
PLEASE NOTE! If you are participating in the ASH Assistant Audition, your ASH Assistant Audition Solo is NOT automatically registered for the Open Competition. They are completely separate programs. If you are participating in the ASH Assistant Audition, you are required to register an ASH Assistant Audition Solo as mentioned above. That routine is included in the price of the ASH Assistant Audition Add-On. If you would like to register the same routine for the Open Competition, you must register the routine TWICE; once for the ASH Assistant Audition and once for the Open Competition (See the Registration Instructions).
For more information on how to become an ASH Assistant and Commitments, please click HERE.