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Dance Auditions

Undergraduate performing arts applicants will select their audition date through their applicant portal after submitting their application. There are no prescreening requirements. All School of Dance applicants are required to complete an audition before they will receive an admissions decision. UArts hosts both on-campus and virtual audition days. View our 2021–2022 audition day schedule. 

All on-campus events are limited to students and guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and visitors must provide proof of vaccination. Masks that securely cover the nose and mouth are mandatory in all indoor settings except in designated eating or drinking areas.

Students auditioning for the Dance program must wear a mask during their audition.

In-Person/On-Campus Auditions

What to Expect

If attending an in-person/on-campus audition day, your audition consists of two main parts: a 90-minute workshop style class combining techniques, which will include ballet, modern, improvisation, jazz and hip hop, followed by the sharing of a solo dance.

The workshop-style class is taken as a group, but every effort is made to evaluate each dancer individually.

Your solo dance should be at least one minute in length and a maximum of two minutes. The solo should feature the area of dance in which the applicant is most proficient and feels most comfortable. It may be choreographed by the applicant or someone else. Musical accompaniment, if any, must be provided by the applicant on smartphone or laptop; audio equipment will be provided by the School of Dance.

Attire

All students should be comfortable and wear clothing that allows for movement. Sensible attire includes leotards, footless tights, leggings, dance pants and T-shirts.

Shoes: ballet shoes, jazz shoes and sneakers; modern/improv portions will be barefoot

Virtual Auditions

What to Expect

If participating in a virtual audition day, you must upload the following items to uarts.getacceptd.com at least two weeks before your audition day.

  • Headshot

  • Résumé

  • School of Dance information form

  • One- to two-minute solo dance recording: Your solo should feature the area of dance in which you are most proficient and feel most comfortable. It may be choreographed by you or someone else. Your solo can be footage from a performance or recorded in a studio or an alternative location. 

During the virtual audition, you will participate in a welcome from the School of Dance, a group audition and small-group experiences, and join a Q&A with current students.

Attire

Dress comfortably, and wear clothing that allows for movement. Sensible attire includes leotards, footless tights, leggings, dance pants and T-shirts. Dance shoes can be worn (ballet shoes, jazz shoes, sneakers) but are not required.

Space

We do not expect you to audition in a studio. Many students will be moving in their bedrooms, living rooms, backyards, etc.

Try to find a space where you will have minimal interruptions and where you can reach your arms and legs in all directions, including while lying on the floor.

Can’t Make an Audition Day?

In extenuating circumstances, students who can’t make an audition day may be allowed to submit their materials for asynchronous review. A live audition, either in person or virtual, is strongly preferred. 

If you can’t make an audition day, email admissions@uarts.edu to request approval for an asynchronous review of recordings to fulfill your audition requirement.

Students who are approved for an asynchronous review, must upload the following items to uarts.getacceptd.com.

  • headshot

  • résumé

  • School of Dance information form

  • One- to two-minute solo dance recording: Your solo should feature the area of dance in which you are most proficient and feel most comfortable. It may be choreographed by you or someone else. Your solo can be footage from a performance or recorded in a studio or an alternative location. 

  • A warmup section can include barre and/or floorwork showing things like pliés, tendus, ronds de jambes, grand battements and/or developpés.

  • Center/phrase work can include improvisation, adagio, small and/or large jumps, turns, etc.

Vimeo is the preferred platform for uploading, and we request that you use a landscape view. Before you upload your audition footage, be sure to check for sound levels, framing, focus and lighting.

UArts reserves the right to re-audition any applicant admitted on the basis of a submitted audition. In such cases, the university also reserves the right to reconsider and withdraw the original offer of admission or scholarship, if necessary.