Applicants must prepare and rehearse a solo dance (a dance for one) in any style, between 1.5 and 2 minutes. The importance of rehearsing your solo cannot be overstated. A CD or music file downloaded on an MP3, IPOD, or phone must be used. There is no internet access in the studios, so music on the internet will not be accessible. Music on a DVD is not accepted. If using a CD, be sure it will play on all CD players. To be safe, make sure you have a second (back up) recording of your music, either on a CD or as a downloaded file.
For Girls: leotard and light-colored dance tights
For Boys: leotard or tight-fitting tee shirt and dark dance tights
Tight fitting mid-thigh shorts (spandex or lycra) and a close fitting tee shirt are accepted for both boys and girls.
Ballet slippers or socks should be worn. No pointe shoes are needed for class. Loose-fitting clothing such as sweatpants should not be worn. Legs must be clearly visible. Girls’ hair should be securely pinned back off the face and neck. No jewelry is to be worn.
The Dance judges will evaluate all students on the following during class and the solo presentation:
Should the judges decide that it is not necessary to see the entire solo, they will stop the applicant. This means they have observed enough to make a judgement and is not an indication of acceptance or non-acceptance. If the judges feel they need to see the applicant in a different context, they may be asked to return for further evaluation at a “call back” audition.
Call Back auditions take place on another day, soon after the initial audition, and consist of both a ballet and modern class. Some students may be asked to come for the entire day. If a student is asked to come for the entire day, they should bring something healthy to eat in between the auditions.
The dance jury considers the dance potential of each applicant. Previous training or the lack of training is not a determining factor in acceptance to the program.
Latecomers will not be admitted for the dance audition.