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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.

Spring Open House and Audition Dates

Friday, January 18, 2019

Open House for Prospective Students, Putnam Hall
Registration, Putnam 137: 10 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Open Modern Class: 10:45 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Audition for Dance Major & Minor Program, Putnam Hall
Registration: 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Information Session for Parents: 12 p.m.
Warm Up: 12:15–1 p.m.
Audition Class: 1–3:30 p.m.
*Alternate Snow Dates: January 25 & 26

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.