I found the article very well done and interesting, without being negative; it was informational.
I liked and found wonderful the positive things imbedded in the story -- how many had gone to multiple auditions. I don't see this as a negative, as in they tried and tried but couldn't get in but rather that they have not given up and realize that auditioning many times is often what it takes. I felt like cheering and certainly must cheer them on!
It's also a lesson in not taking these kinds of decisions too personally. Even though it is about you, it's not really. As the article states, they may be looking for a particular type or size. Or, as we know, it may boil down to "Do they fit the costume?" and have little to do with actual talent.
PNB has begun something that I think is very smart -- bringing ADs TO PNB for auditions. I know of at least five who have been in Seattle the last couple of months just for this purpose.
Much more efficient than hundreds of dancers flying all over the place to cattle-calls.
Okay, that said, I think however the selection and elimination process is done, the important thing is how it's handled and presented. If the dancers are allowed and shown respect and dignity, then both rejections and acceptances come easier. For example, letting the group know up front that there are 150 people at this audition and we can only take 5, as much as we'd like to take you all. Or, we're looking for a tall woman to replace one of our taller dancers who retired last year. Or that while we had planned to take 10, due to the economy and budget constraints, we can only take 2.
I try to encourage talented students who are ready, to go to as many auditions as possible both for training and for jobs.
On a personal note, when I was taking auditions, I almost always preferred being able to at least finish barre. In some cases, we were expected to bring a short solo to show or as at others, to learn repertory and not take a technique class. The rep. model was the most rare and probably the most challenging but certainly valid.
Being polite and civil are important. While it may seem trite, saying "thank you!" to everyone tells a lot about an organization and its leaders.
We think of auditions as being one-sided but potential employees also learn about their possible employers at these things too!