Undergraduate Program

Dance Program Auditions

Fall Audition

All dates are for admission in fall 2020.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019
Audition Day: Friday, October 11, 2019
Check-In: 8:30 AM
Location: Clark Hall (3rd Floor)

Spring Audition

All dates are for admission in fall 2020.

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
Audition Day: Friday, February 28, 2020
Check-In: 8:30 AM
Location: Clark Hall (3rd Floor)

Video Auditions

Video auditions are not accepted.

Off-Site Auditions

The UA faculty routinely conducts auditions at various festivals and conferences for admission into the dance program. The following conferences will serve as an audition opportunity for applicants to be accepted into the program outside of attending the audition in Tuscaloosa.

Tennessee Dance Festival
Nashville, TN
September 27-29, 2019

Southeast Alabama Dance Company
Dothan, AL
September 27-29, 2019

Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
Chicago, IL
November 2-3, 2019

Alabama Dance Festival
Birmingham, AL
January 24, 2020

National High School Dance Festival
Pittsburgh, PA
February 26-March 1, 2020


Auditionees must register by emailing their name, address and phone number to Nancy Calvert by the listed deadlines. Students who audition for the program will also receive two complimentary tickets to the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre concert. When registering, please indicate if you would like to receive your two complimentary tickets to the performance Thursday at 7:30 PM of Friday at 5:30 PM. You may purchase additional tickets by contacting the Box Office at (205) 348-3400 or visiting ua.universitytickets.com. Auditions start promptly at 9:30 AM and will conclude around 1 PM. Prospective students are encouraged to arrive no later than 8:30 AM to complete their check-in and have time to warm-up.

Auditionees are required to submit an essay along with their registration. 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.). Please email your essay to Rita Snyder by the registration deadline. You may contact Rita Snyder if you have further questions about the audition.


What to Expect

Applicants are accepted into the dance program whose technical, artistic and academic potential indicates the greatest likelihood of success within the program.

On the day of the audition, the applicant can expect the following:

  • There will be a brief introductory meeting with UA Dance faculty and all students and parents/guardians.
  • The audition portion will include a variety of phrases and exercises in ballet, contemporary, and improvisation. An opportunity to demonstrate pointe work will be available but is not required.
  • There will be an opportunity for applicants to ask the faculty and current students any questions that they may have.
  • Applicants are encouraged to make their own arrangements to tour the facilities and campus during their visit.
  • Observers are not permitted during the actual audition classes.

What to Wear

Proper dancewear is expected for auditions. All dancers are expected to arrive in close fitting dancewear, ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes. The contemporary and jazz portions of the audition will require dancers to wear close fitting appropriate dancewear and bare feet.