Dance Visits and Auditions

Audition to be a Dance Major

Admission into the B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in Dance both require an audition for and acceptance into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as well as acceptance by the CSU Office of Admissions.

  • PART 1:  Audition/Interview for CSU Dance
  • PART 2: Attend the Fall In-person Visit and Audition Experience (registration coming soon) AND submit an audition video with your program application on the Acceptd portal.
    • All dance applicants should submit a video audition. If you are attending the on-campus Dance Visit Days on November 5-6, 2021, and February 11-12, 2022, only the solo will be assessed in-person. Your Ballet and Modern exercises should still be uploaded to your application. Dance applicants auditioning fully by video should upload the solo, ballet, and modern portions.
  • PART 3: Apply to CSU through the Office of Admissions.
    • We urge you to apply for admission to the university as soon as possible during your senior year.

If you have questions about this process, please contact SMTD@colostate.edu.

Audition in-person or by video

Early admission auditions must be completed at our Fall Visit/Audition Experience or by video submission by Friday, November 12, 2021. After Feb. 19, 2022, auditions will only be accepted on a space available basis):

Auditionees wishing to start Fall 2022 should prepare the following:

  • Solo: This can be any style of dance, and it can be choreographed by the applicant or by someone else. It should be approximately one-minute long. Dance faculty are interested in seeing who the applicant is; the applicant should choose a style of dance that is comfortable and reflects the applicant’s personality.
  • Ballet exercise: Choose one exercise from this list: waltz with pirouette, petit allegro, grand allegro, adagio. The exercise can be choreographed by the applicant or by someone else.
  • Modern exercise: This can be choreographed by the applicant or by someone else and should include at least three of the following: jump, turn, contraction, spiraling, inversion, floor work, drop swings/body swings, triplets.
  • Audition attire — Ballet: Black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, and pointe shoes OR Black tights, white t-shirt, ballet shoes; Modern: Leotards and tights or pants below the knees or longer or black t-shirt or tank tops and black tights or pants below the knees or longer, and bare feet.
  • You are encouraged to upload a headshot and artistic resume along with your video.
    • All dance applicants should submit a video audition through this portal. If you are attending the on-campus Dance Visit Days on November 5-6, 2021, and February 11-12, 2022, only the solo will be assessed in-person. Your Ballet and Modern exercises should still be uploaded to your application. Dance applicants auditioning fully by video should upload the solo, ballet, and modern portions.
    • To receive full consideration for acceptance as a dance major and for a scholarship, your application/video submissions must be submitted by February 18, 2022. Applications/videos submitted after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Prospective students wishing to start Fall 2022 will meet with 2-3 dance faculty members for a brief fifteen-minute interview (either at the Fall In-person Visit and Audition Experience or via Zoom. Faculty are interested in hearing why the applicant is interested in dancing at CSU and what career path the applicant might wish to pursue in dance. Applicants will also have an opportunity to ask the dance faculty questions about CSU Dance.

Notifications

Notification of audition results are released within three weeks of the application. Students who are not initially accepted into the dance major are welcome to enroll in appropriate classes and re-audition at a future time.

Upon admission to CSU, and acceptance as a dance major, transfer students work in collaboration with the Director of Dance and Academic Success Coordinator to develop a degree plan based on a review of transcript and course equivalencies.

Fall 2021 In-person and Virtual Visit and Audition Experiences

We look forward to meeting you at our Fall Dance Visit and Audition Experience! Prospective students (high school juniors, seniors, transfer students, and current CSU students) will meet dance faculty and current dance majors.

No matter if you come to campus or meet with us online, the itinerary includes an overview of our dance program, excerpts from our upcoming Fall Dance Concert performed in our dance spaces, and teaching demonstrations by CSU Dance faculty for prospective students to observe or participate in. Prospective students (and parents/guardians) will have an opportunity to ask questions of the faculty and current students during a Q&A session. Registration required (coming soon).

  • All dance applicants should submit a video audition through this portal. If you are attending the on-campus Dance Visit Days on November 5-6, 2021, and February 11-12, 2022, only the solo will be assessed in-person. Your Ballet and Modern exercises should still be uploaded to your application. Dance applicants auditioning fully by video should upload the solo, ballet, and modern portions.

In-person 2-Day Experience at the University Center for the Arts: Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

In addition to registering for the Fall Visit and Audition Experience, students wishing to audition/interview to be a CSU Dance major while on-campus must complete the Dance Major Application on Acceptd.

*Itinerary subject to change

Friday, November 5

  • 8:30-9 a.m.: Registration/check-in
  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Welcome and introductions
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m.: Ballet class
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Modern class
  • 11:45 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.: Lunch with current students
  • 1-2 p.m.: Solo performances in theatre
  • 2-5 p.m.: Interviews with faculty/workshops
  • 6:30 p.m.: Dinner and activity with Dance Student Advisory Council (no parents/faculty please)

Saturday, November 6

  • 9-10 a.m.: Class for visiting students and CSU students
  • 10-11 a.m.: Creative collaboration with CSU students
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m.: Informal performance in 107
  • 11:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.: Q&A with faculty and students
  • 12:15 p.m.: Lunch and interviews with faculty
  • 2 p.m.: Campus tour/visit with admissions

Virtual Visit Day: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

In addition to registering for the Virtual Fall Visit Day, students wishing to audition/interview to be a CSU Dance must complete the Dance Major Application/Video Submission on Acceptd.

*Itinerary subject to change

  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Introductions and overview of CSU Dance
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Review of audition application and process
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Two, 15-minute teaching demonstrations
  • 11:15-11:45am: CSU Dance student performances
  • 11:45 a.m. — 12:05 p.m.: Q&A with current students

The Dance Visit and Audition Days (in-person and online) will be repeated on Feb. 11-12, 2022.