Undergraduate Program

Dance Program Auditions

Virtual Dance Auditions

Prospective students will need to audition virtually. There will be no in-person auditions for admission into the program for the 2021-2022 academic season.

Fall Virtual Audition Deadline

You must submit your video and essay (see details below) by October 15, 2020.

Spring Virtual Audition Deadline

You must submit your video and essay (see details below) by February 15, 2021.

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.

Audition Result Notifications

We will notify dancers of their admission status email/postal within 30 days of the audition closure date.

Admission Results

Accepted: You may begin course work 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.

Video Audition Requirements

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
  • Approximatetly 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 links below:

Adagio

Petit Allegro

Grande Allegro

Pointe (optional)

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 though space (all kinds of inversions, including handstands and cartwheels)

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

Contemporary Combination

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 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:

Jazz Combination

“You”

  • Perform a 1-minute work of in any style/genre of your choice (tap, ballroom, house, flamenco etc.) exhibiting your best attributes as a dancer. The work may be improvisational, choreographed by either you or a guest choreographer. If a guest choreographer, please credit name.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. Essay

Auditionees are also required to submit an essay. In a 1-page, 12-point font essay, please detail why you are interested in studying dance at The University of Alabama. Include a brief description of your past training in movement forms and artistic practices, what your goals as a dancer are, and what you are interested in studying as a dance artist (teaching, choreography, therapy, photography, etc.). At the top of your essay, please list the following:

  • Name
  • Postal Address
  • Email
  • Phone

2. Video Link

Please upload all of your recordings to ONE YouTube/Vimeo link. This link should be attached to the bottom of your essay and submitted as one document that includes your essay and audition link. You will then email your application to uadance@ua.edu

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