Undergraduate Program

Dance Program Auditions

Auditions for acceptance into the BA in Dance program for the 2022-23 academic year will be held in-person and virtually. Attendance at our in-person audition is strongly suggested. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the dance program at uadance@ua.edu.

Interested in visiting campus and the UA Department of Theatre and Dance? Complete our campus visit form.

Audition Dates

October 8, 2021, 10 a.m.

March 4, 2022, 10 a.m.

Fall Audition Deadline

Prospective students must register for the fall in-person auditions by October 1, 2021.

Spring Audition Deadline

Prospective students must register for the spring in-person auditions by February 25, 2022. Video audition submissions must also be submitted by this date.

IN-PERSON AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Audition Registration

(see dates above for registration deadlines)

Prospective students wishing to audition in person (recommended) or virtually must register through the Online Registration Form. In addition to some background information, you will be asked to answer four short questions:

  • In under 100 words, please tell us why you want to join us in the dance program at UA.
  • Please list the dance styles you have studied, and how many years of experience you have in each. Please start with the style you have studied the longest. For example: Jazz – 5 years, Modern – 3 years, Tap – 2 years etc.
  • In under 100 words, please tell us about any experiences you’ve had performing, teaching, choreographing, doing service work with dance, or other related experiences.
  • In under 100 words, please tell us about your goals for yourself during your time in the program, and for your future after graduation.

If you have already auditioned for UA at an external event, please complete this form as part of your application to the program.

Virtual auditionees will also be asked to share a link to their video audition materials on this form. Please see below for audition requirements.

What to Expect at the Audition?

Auditions will occur on the campus of The University of Alabama on the third floor of Clark Hall. Auditionees requiring an accessible entrance should come through the doors in the Woods Quad, where you will find the elevators to your right. Auditionees will check in between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. At 9:00, one of our graduate students will lead you in an informal warm-up class before you are introduced to the faculty at 9:30.

The audition schedule is as follows:

  • 9:45-10:10 → Ballet
  • 10:10- 10:15 → Pointe (optional)
  • 10:15-10:20 → 5-Minute Transition
  • 10:20-10:45 → Modern
  • 10:45-11:00 → Improvisation
  • 11:00-11:05 → 5-Minute Transition
  • 11:05-11:30 → Jazz
  • 11:30-11:35 → 5-Minute Transition
  • 11:35-12:00 → Talkback for auditionees and parents

The audition will assess auditionees’ technical and artistic aptitude to ensure applicants are capable of successfully completing our program of study. Some of our audition styles may be less familiar to you, and we will be assessing how you approach new challenges.

Dress Code for In-person Auditions

It is recommended that auditionees wear form-fitting dancewear, flat ballet shoes during the ballet portion of the audition; pointe shoes during the pointe portion of the audition; barefoot for the modern and improvisation portions of the audition; and jazz shoes for the jazz portion. Please ensure hair is pulled back and neatly secured, and please refrain from wearing jewelry. If you do not own specific shoes for a particular technique, please go barefoot, or wear socks.

IN-PERSON AUDITION CHECKLIST

  • Register for auditions by the registration deadline (see above for deadlines) by submitting the Online Registration Form.
  • Plan a trip to Tuscaloosa!
  • Once on campus, check in for your audition at Clark Hall (between 8:30 and 9:00 am on the day of auditions).

Audition Result Notifications

We will notify dancers of their admission status via email and/or postal within 2 weeks of the in-person audition and 30 days of the virtual audition submission date.

Admission Results

Accepted: You may begin coursework as a dance major.
Not Accepted: An indication that we feel you will not be successful in our dance curriculum at this time.

Scholarships

Dance program scholarships are offered on a limited basis because of fluctuating funds and availability. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are ineligible to apply for dance program scholarships. Incoming freshmen/transfer students may apply for scholarships within the spring semester for funding for the following academic year.

Virtual Audition Video Requirements

Please follow all directions for completing the video auditions. Failure to comply with guidelines will result in the immediate withdrawal of your application.

If you need to audition virtually you should fill out our Online Registration Form and select “virtual audition.” This will prompt the form to ask you for a link to your video materials, which are described in detail below. You will be asked to record Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Improvisation material, and you may use our sample combinations or submit your own if they meet our requirements.

Video Recording

We recommend you record your video horizontally to ensure a wide enough frame so we can see your whole performance. Make sure to shoot the video in a space with good lighting where you have enough room to showcase all of your skill.

Please send us only ONE video link in one of the following two formats: (1) a single video containing all your work or (2) a YouTube (or similar) online playlist.

Ballet

Perform the following center combinations:

  • Approximately 1 minute of “adagio” work:
    • should include developpés in 2nd position, Arabesque balance or tour lent/promenade, and include at least one pirouette.
  • Approximately 20-30 seconds of “petit allegro”, small jumps:
    • should include a combination of small jetés, assemblés, pas de chat, and/or similar steps.
  • Approximately 30-40 seconds of “grand allegro”, big jumps:
    • should include a combination of sauté Arabesque, grand jeté/grand saut de chat, tour jeté/entrelace, and/or similar steps.
  • Optional pointe work should include echappé relevé on point, pique turns, pirouettes, and/or similar steps for approximately 1-minute length.

If you are not confident submitting your own combinations, sample combinations that meet these requirements may be found at the link below:

Contemporary

Perform a 1-minute movement sequence that contains:

  • Articulation of the spine – curves, twists, and isolations of the different areas of your back.
  • Grounding your weight, using large transfers of weight between legs and a wide plié.
  • Off-balance movements, illustrating a feeling of fall and recovery.
  • A smooth transfer of weight into and out of the floor (this will involve moving from standing to floor level).
  • Pushing your hands into the floor to propel you through space (this could include handstands or cartwheels, or transfers of weight in sitting or lying positions).

If you are not confident submitting your own combination a sample combination that meets these requirements can be found at the link below:

Jazz

  • Perform a 1-minute movement combination that includes isolations, inside and outside turns, leaps and changes of levels.
  • You should also be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively use the torso, pelvis and to perform complex rhythmic patterns.

If you are not confident submitting your own combination a sample combination that meets these requirements can be found at the link below:

Improvisation

  • Improvisation means moving in the moment, without choreographing beforehand. Please record a one-minute improvisation on the following prompt:
  • “Imagine yourself in your favorite place. Show that space to us through movement – its architecture, its textures, the energy and mood it makes you feel.”
  • You may use music for this part of the audition, and we encourage you to use any dance style with which you are familiar. Remember that sometimes less is more, and make sure you are truly following the prompt.

 

Failure to follow all guidelines of the application process will result in disqualification of the applicant’s audition packet.

Good luck, and we look forward to meeting you!