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Admission & Audition

For more information
on admission:

University of Minnesota Dance
612-624-5060
umdance@umn.edu

Acceptance into the BFA and BA programs in dance, as well as placement into modern, African diasporic movement, jazz, and ballet technique classes above level one is by audition only. Major acceptance rate is is approximately one in four.

Prospective dance majors should submit an application to the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts by the Office of Admissions priority deadline, but need not have received notification from the University before participating in an audition. Both acceptance into the University of Minnesota (by the Office of Admissions) and the dance program (by audition) are required to become a BA or BFA dance major student.

Program Visits

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the dance program to observe class, see a performance, and talk with the dance faculty, staff, and students. Visiting activities are scheduled on the Friday afternoon prior to group auditions in December and February of every year (not in August/September), but may also be arranged individually by contacting Dance Program Coordinator Nora Jenneman at (612) 624-4008 or jenne011@umn.edu. These scheduled sessions are open to all prospective students and families and are held in Studio 100 of the Barbara Barker Center for Dance. Pre-registration is not required.

December 9, 2016 and February 3, 2017

2:05–3:35 p.m. Modern dance technique class open for observation.
3:45–5:00 p.m. Q&A session with dance faculty and/or students.

Audition

Dance Auditions for 2016-2017

Dance Major & Technique Placement Audition
For modern, African diasporic movement, jazz, and ballet placement; BA and BFA Dance candidates for fall 2016
August 31, 2016, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Dance Major Audition
For modern, African diasporic movement, jazz, and ballet placement; BA and BFA Dance candidates for spring/fall 2017
December 10, 2016, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Dance Major Audition
For modern, African diasporic movement, jazz, and ballet placement; BA and BFA Dance candidates for fall 2017
February 4, 2017, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Technique Placement Audition
For modern, African diasporic movement, jazz, and ballet placement for fall 2017

April 18, 2017, 3:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

All auditions are held at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance.

Auditions consist of a technique class in modern, African diasporic movement, jazz, and ballet techniques, a short student solo, and an interview. Students auditioning for the dance major must submit a paper copy of a writing sample the day of the audition in response to three essay questions (see instructions below).

Preparing for an Audition

Dancers should arrive prepared to move. No specific dress code is required, though the line of the body should be clearly visible, including ankles, knees and hips. The faculty suggest students cover their legs in tights, leggings, or dance pants (no bare legs please). Dancers should be ready to dance barefoot, and bring ballet and jazz shoes if available – pointe shoes are not needed.

Dancers must prepare a one-minute (maximum) solo of their own choreography/creation for the afternoon callback. Students are welcome to use the sound system which is CD or MP3 player (i.e. iPod) compatible; music should be cued. Students auditioning for the major should also prepare a writing sample; see instructions below.

Dancers are on their own for the lunch break. Guests are welcome to use the public refrigerator and microwave in the Barker Center kitchenette and lobby. There are also walkable options for dining and take-out close to the Barker Center.

Writing Sample

Students auditioning for the dance major must submit a paper copy of a writing sample the day of the audition. Please respond to the following questions in a short essay: one to two pages, double-spaced, font size 12. Be sure to proofread.

  1. What has brought you to dance?
  2. Why do you plan to pursue a degree in dance?
  3. How do you imagine the relationship between writing about dance and dancing?

Be sure to address each question in your essay.

Audition Registration

Dancers should arrive at least 15 minutes early to register. Registration will take place in the lobby of the Barker Center for Dance. The dance program does not pre-register for auditions. Dancers will not be turned away if they are signed in by the start of the audition day. The studio space will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of major auditions (10 minutes for technique placement auditions) for dancers who wish to warm up on their own. Dancers must be registered and in the studio by the start time of the audition; latecomers will not be allowed to participate. Dancers should be prepared to stay for the entire length of the audition. Students auditioning for technique placement only should plan to participate in all technique classes for placement, but need not be available for the callback (August 31, December 10, February 4), and do not need a prepared writing sample or solo.

Observers

Observers are not allowed in the audition studio; these are closed auditions. The Barker Center lobby is open for those accompanying participating dancers.

Audition Results

Audition results will be available within five days after the audition. All students will be given technique placement levels regardless of their major candidacy status. Students auditioning for the major program will receive a letter from the Dance Program following the audition process within two weeks following the date of the audition; students auditioning for technique placement only must contact the dance program for audition results. Audition results are valid for one academic year (i.e., two semesters).