Visit and Audition Day

Visit and Audition Day Overview

Meet with faculty and students, take masterclasses in modern and ballet techniques, audition for the dance major and dance scholarships, tour the University Center for the Arts, and attend an informal dance performance by CSU Dance majors. Technique class placement is also determined during auditions. Visit and Audition Day is open to high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students; registration is required.

The purpose of the audition is to assess training background, technical level, and the potential to successfully complete the degree program at an advanced and/or pre professional level.

To be placed into the dance program major, students should have professional quality dance training in both ballet and modern technique, be at the intermediate technical level, and have a fitness level which can withstand rigorous daily work throughout the semester. Other forms of previous dance training are applicable and highly encouraged. The audition includes a modern and ballet technique class (including pointe technique), performance of a one minute solo, and submission of a completed application form. If you do not have experience dancing on pointe, you may take that portion of the audition in soft ballet shoes.

Students who are not able to attend either the fall or spring Visit and Audition Days may audition by video. All video auditions must include a completed application. Students may also schedule an individual, one-hour video conferencing meeting with a recruiting representative (this meeting does not encompass an audition). Schedule your meeting.

What to expect at Visit and Audition Day

  • Auditions will be conducted during masterclasses in ballet and modern dance techniques.
  • Audition attire — Ballet, women: Black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, and pointe shoes; Ballet, men: Black tights, white t-shirt, ballet shoes; Modern, women and men: Dancewear and bare feet.
  • Students must bring their own pointe shoes.
  • You are encouraged to bring a headshot and artistic resume with you.
  • You’ll participate in masterclasses, information sessions, and performances
  • Prepare a one-minute individual audition piece.
  • Please bring a phone/MP3 player containing your selected music.

Notification of audition results are released within three weeks of the application. Students who are not initially advised 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.

Audition by Video

Students who are not able to attend a Dance Visit and Audition Day may audition by video. All video auditions are to be filmed within the last three months and must include:

  • Modern Technique
    • Floor Work
    • Traveling Exercise or Movement Phrase including jump, turn, contraction, and spiraling actions
  • Ballet Technique
    • Barre Exercises (1 side only)
    • Center Exercises (both sides) adagio, traveling pirouette waltz, petite allegro, grand allegro (men include tour en l'air)
  • Pointe Work (if you have experience on pointe)
    • Center Exercises (both sides) relevés, échappés, stationary pirouettes from fifth and fourth, traveling combination (include at least one piqué arabesque)
  • One-minute Solo (any genre, studio or clear performance footage)

Videos should not exceed 12 minutes in length and must be accessible by direct link (e.g. no further login is required), through domains such as YouTube or Vimeo. To submit your video audition, please complete this application.

Opportunities for Non-Majors

Students across the University are encouraged to become part of CSU Dance classes and performances. For non-majors, placement in technique classes depends on space availability and technical level. Placement assessment occurs during class the 1st week of the semester. Please contact the course instructor to let us know you are coming.

Technique class placement for majors and non-majors is also determined during Visit and Audition Days held each fall and spring. Please register.

Auditions for faculty, student, and guest artist pieces are held at the beginning of each semester. Students must be enrolled in a dance technique course to audition for performances.

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Audition for Fall 2020—Registration Required

  • PLEASE NOTE: Formal audition days have concluded. We will continue to consider students via video audition on a space available basis through spring and summer, so please do register for a video audition. Upon submission of your video audition registration, we will reach out to provide a timeline for the process. We look forward to connecting with you! 

Upcoming Visit/Audition Dates

  • Virtual Visit Day: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020; 10 a.m. — noon; registration will open in Aug.
  • On-campus Visit Days: Friday, Feb. 12 — Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021; registration will open in Fall 2020

Individual Information Session

Thank you for your interest in Colorado State University and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. While the university is not hosting campus visits due to COVID-19, the university is not closed and has moved online. To answer your questions about dance at CSU, we are offering video conferencing information sessions. Please fill out the following form and we will schedule a time to visit with you. Schedule your meeting.

Sample Visit and Audition Day Schedule

  • 8:30–9 a.m.: Registration, Griffin lobby
  • 9–9:45 a.m.: Welcome to dance, discuss dance degree, Q&A
    • Students (Room 101)
    • Parents (Room 102)
  • 9:45–11:15 a.m.: Auditions in Modern Technique (Room 101)
    • Building tour for parents (start in Room 102)
  • 11:15 a.m. — 12 p.m.: Lunch for students, faculty, and staff (Acting Lab)
  • 12:15–1:45 p.m. Auditions in Ballet Technique with Pointe (Room 101)
  • 2–3 p.m.: Interview and Prepared Solo Auditions (Room 101)
    • Warm up class for CSU performers (University Dance Theatre)
  • 3–3:45 p.m.: Mini performance by CSU Dance, Q&A with majors (University Dance Theatre)
  • 3:45–4 p.m.: Farewell and thank you for attending the CSU Dance Visit Day (University Dance Theatre)