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Dance Auditions

Dance Auditions

Experience the Arts Day

Experience the Arts Day presents an opportunity for prospective students to learn about our program and audition in October of each year.

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Audition Basics

Acceptance to the Dance Division major or minor program in choreography and performance is by talent audition. Auditions are scheduled to coordinate with various university application deadlines. Students who audition and are accepted into the dance program must also apply and be accepted by Ohio University.

The audition class includes modern, ballet, jazz or African portions, and improvisation. Each of these provides the dancer with an opportunity to demonstrate his or her 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.

Dance Open House

We host an Open House the Friday before each scheduled talent audition. Prospective students, parents, and friends are welcome to spend the day in our division: take class, meet dance majors, faculty, and staff, ask questions about the program, and see other parts of the campus at their leisure. Please contact us to let us know if you would like to attend an Open House by e-mail: dance@ohio.edu or phone: 740-593-1826. If you would like to arrange a campus tour with Admissions, call: 740-593-4100 to schedule a time.

Audition Day Information Session for Parents

The dance office will be open at noon on audition day for an Information Session for parents. It covers general information about the program and provides an overview of Financial Aid & Scholarship information.

Open House and Audition Dates

Experience the Arts Day
October 14, 2019 • Athens, OH

Kentucky College and Career Day
October 25, 2019 • Louisville, KY 

Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
Nov 2–3, 2019 • Chicago, IL 

Fall Open House & Auditions
November 22-23, 2019 • Athens, OH 

Spring Open House & Auditions
January 17-18, 2020 • Athens, OH 

National High School Dance Festival
Dates and locations for 2020 TBA

Can't Make it?

Although attending a scheduled audition is the best possible means of representing your talent, if you are unable to attend, please call our office at 740-593-1826 to discuss other arrangements.