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Dance Major Audition Requirements

Dance Requirements

Ballet Attire:

  • Black leotard
  • Pink tights
  • Pink ballet shoes
  • Pointe shoes
  • Hair in an appropriate bun

Image File: A photograph taken in full body pose.

Audition Videos: You may upload or provide links to up to 3 separate videos of 1-3 minutes showcasing your talents as a dancer (ballet, contemporary, or both).

Video 1 - Performed from center work

  • Adagio featuring dévelopés in each position, and including a full promenade in first arabesque
  • Combination featuring Pirouettes en dehors with arms held in first position
  • Combination featuring Pirouettes en dedans with arms held in first position
  • 8 consecutive jumps in first position and then 8 consecutive jumps in second position
  • 8 consecutive jumps from fifth position, changement, and then four consecutive échappé
  • A petit allegro featuring assemble and jeté
  • A grand allegro featuring grand jeté and tour jeté

Video 2 - While pointe work is not required, we encourage students with pointe experience to send in the following.

  • 8 relevé in first and then 8 relevé in second (consecutively)
  • 3 relevé in fifth right foot front with one échappé then to be repeated with the left foot front (please repeat this entire combination twice)
  • 8 relevé passe going back, changing legs, followed by tombé para pirouette in fourth position

Video 3 - A contemporary dance warm-up or solo that includes basic dance vocabulary; the video should give a sense of the applicant's placement, line, body awareness, flexibility and control. Attire for contemporary videos should be appropriate to the genre.

Video Introduction: Tell us about who you are as an artist. Record a short (2-5 minutes) video introduction, including information about your artistic journey, such as the kinds of classes or lessons you have taken, your artistic accomplishments, any awards you have won, groups you have participated in, artistic experiences that have been particularly meaningful, and anything else you would like for us to know about you as an artist.

Ballet Attire:

  • White fitted T-shirt
  • Black tights
  • Thin white socks
  • White ballet shoes

Image File: A photograph taken in full body pose.

Audition Videos: You may upload or provide links to up to 2 separate videos of 1-3 minutes showcasing your talents as a dancer (ballet, contemporary, or both).

Video 1 - Performed from center work

  • Adagio featuring dévelopés in each position, and including a full promenade in first arabesque.
  • Combination featuring Pirouettes en dehors with arms held in first position
  • Combination featuring Pirouettes en dedans with arms in first position
  • 8 consecutive jumps in first position and then 8 consecutive jumps in second position
  • 8 consecutive jumps from fifth position changement, and then four consecutive in échappé
  • A petit allegro featuring assemble and jeté
  • A grand allegro featuring grand jeté and tour jeté
  • Combination featuring Double or Single Tour en l'air from fifth position (right or left side)

Video 2 - A contemporary dance warm-up or solo that includes basic dance vocabulary; the video should give a sense of the applicant's placement, line, body awareness, flexibility and control. Attire for contemporary videos should be appropriate to the genre.

Video Introduction: Tell us about who you are as an artist. Record a short (2-5 minutes) video introduction, including information about your artistic journey, such as the kinds of classes or lessons you have taken, your artistic accomplishments, any awards you have won, groups you have participated in, artistic experiences that have been particularly meaningful, and anything else you would like for us to know about you as an artist.

Audition Guidance

If possible, please record your video audition in a studio or stage setting. If a studio or stage is not available, record your video in a space that allows for a full range of motion and make sure that you are clearly visible in the frame. ​If you’re unable to present all the movements listed above, please showcase the movements that best display your skill level and potential.

How to Submit Your Materials

You can submit your audition materials online. Our application process gives further instructions on how to upload your links and/or files. This is our preferred mode of viewing your audition for the time being. If and when it is safe to do so, we can help you plan a live audition during a campus visit.

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