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Dance Auditions

Because the School of Dance considers artistic talent in the review process, you must audition for consideration to the program. Your audition for admission also serves as your audition for talent-based scholarships.

Audition Basics

On-campus dance auditions will take place during the School of Dance Open House & Auditions event on January 20-21, 2023. Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 21 and are preceded by an optional open house on Friday, January 20. During the open house, students and families will have opportunities to tour the dance building, participate in classes, observe dance concerts and learn important information.

Registration Coming Soon!

Students who are unable to participate in-person may choose to submit a video audition instead.

Audition Requirements

The audition provides the dancer with an opportunity to demonstrate their talent, level of training and aptitude for further study in dance. Auditionees are not expected to demonstrate proficiency in all techniques. The audition committee evaluates technical proficiency, physical strength and flexibility, spatial and rhythmic accuracy, and performance quality.

On-campus Auditions

The audition class includes modern, ballet, jazz or African portions, and improvisation. Each of these provides the dancer with an opportunity to demonstrate their talent, level of training and aptitude for further study in dance. Auditionees are not expected to demonstrate proficiency in all techniques. The audition committee evaluates technical proficiency, physical strength and flexibility, spatial and rhythmic accuracy, and performance quality. Dancers should be prepared to take class in dancewear that allows freedom of movement. You will need to dance barefoot for the modern portion of the audition class and may bring ballet slippers or jazz shoes to wear for the ballet and jazz portions of class.

Video Auditions

Students who are unable to participate in an on-campus audition should submit the following videos.

Required videos
  1. All auditionees are required to learn the specific movement phrase (coming soon!) taught and prompted by School of Dance faculty. Record yourself doing the phrase and upload the video.
  2. Creativity is emphasized in the School of Dance. Auditionees are required to submit an improvisation video that explores the following prompt. Your video should demonstrate the use of imagination, being, the moment and not having prepared material for this creative prompt. Your video should not exceed 1 minute. Prompt:
    • Make up 4 unusual shapes with your body--they can be standing, lying down or sitting.
    • Decide on a simple pathway to follow.
    • Plot out where each shape will be on the pathway.
    • Make movement that connects one shape to the other along the pathway.
    • Use different speeds in connecting this movement.
    • Video should demonstrate use of imagination, being in the moment and not having prepared material for this creative prompt.
Optional videos

We recognize and value that students have different dance backgrounds, training experiences and interests. You may submit additional, optional, materials to support your application:

  • You may submit up to 2 additional videos.
  • Videos must not exceed 1 minute each.
  • Examples of submissions include an excerpt from a recent performance, a combination or phrase of movement from another genre (e.g. African, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, folk dance).
Movement phrase and video audition submission link coming soon!

Questions

For questions about dance audition requirements, email the School of Dance. For technical questions about submitting your audition materials, please email Undergraduate Admissions.

Ohio University operates on a holistic, selective review and looks for evidence of academic preparation when reviewing applications for admission. Additionally, because the School of Dance considers artistic talent in the review process, students pursuing certain academic programs must audition and/or submit additional materials for admission and scholarship consideration. Ohio University and the School of Dance do not discriminate against any applicants because of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information.