Auditions for Dance Majors
Take your first steps with an application for admission and a dance audition.
COVID-19: Audition Updates
We are still able to take video auditions. To submit, prepare a link via Google Drive or a private link to a posted video on Youtube or Vimeo. Email the link to Beverly Fox at email@example.com and Orion Duckstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The video should contain:
- A full ballet barre, one time through each exercise
- Ballet center: Adagio, Tendu/pirouette, Waltz, Petit & Grand Allegro
- If possible a modern or contemporary combination, preferably across the floor, and
- Your two-minute solo showing performance quality and how you use techniques in performance.
Audition and Admission Process
Your admission to our highly selective dance program is by audition. You will be required to:
- Take a 90-minute ballet class
- Take a 90-minute modern dance class
- Perform a two- to three-minute solo to the music of your choice
Your audition will also determine whether you’ll receive one of our several talent scholarships. All auditions are by appointment only.
The audition process for a dance major or minor involves participating in a ballet and modern technique class with our current dance students, Monday through Friday. Our faculty members periodically hold off-campus recruitment auditions as well.
You’ve got questions. We’re here to answer them.
Yes. Auditions are made by appointment. You will be required to take two classes, one ballet and one modern. You will also be required to present a two-three minute solo (music of your choice). This piece need not be performed in costume, but you should bring a CD or tape for the presentation. Ballet attire is pink tights for women, black tights for men, and ballet slippers. Modern attire is black, footless tights.
Yes. It is the same audition requirements as a major.
Yes. Contact the Department of Dance to schedule.
The Dance Department has four state-of-the-art dance studios, along with dedicated lockers and dressing facilities. Through the use of a motorized divider and retractable seating, the cleverly designed 178-seat Dance Theatre transforms two of the separate and large rehearsal studios into one modern performance space. It comes equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting and audio equipment.
Although this depends on the size of both the studio and the number of students, there are no more than 18 per technique class and sometimes as few as four.
Yes. All technique classes have live accompaniment.
There are equal numbers: eight levels of ballet and eight levels of modern.
You must be registered in the Dance Department to participate in dance classes. Only majors and minors may take the classes reserved for them, but there are classes available for general education students.
Definitely. There is a minimum of two main-stage productions with 14 performances and two student workshop-performances per scholastic year. Check our calendar for details of our on- and off-campus performances.
Our dance majors have become professional dancers, choreographers and dance teachers among other professions.
Yes. You must register with the Office of the Registrar.