Western Kentucky University

Dance Auditions

Dance Audition Dates

Audition Dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are November 15, 2014 and February 7, 2015.

Please click here to download the Audition Registration Form.
Or go to the Online Dance Audition Registration Form to submit a digital copy.


B.A. in Dance Auditions

In addition to the standard WKU admissions process, incoming students (including transfer students) wishing to major in dance must also participate in the department’s initial dance placement audition process, after which they will be enrolled as “seeking admission” into the B.A. in Dance program.

These auditions for course placement will be held every semester and during the week before the fall semester begins.  Prospective students must attend one of the audition days or submit an audition DVD.

A student may apply for full admittance into the B.A. in Dance degree after the completion of 2 semesters (transfer students must complete at least 15 hours at WKU).   Students must have met the following minimum requirements before applications for the B.A. in Dance will be accepted:

     -A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.

     -Completion of 8 hours of dance technique.

     -Student must have taken or currently be enrolled in a 300 level dance 
       technique course (ballet, jazz, or modern).

Once admitted to the B.A. in Dance degree, a student will be regularly assessed by the dance faculty to ensure that the student is successfully progressing within the degree program.

 

Attending Audition Day

Those planning to audition for the B.A. in Dance program should send a completed Audition Registration Form prior to their selected audition date. Those who cannot attend an audition must submit a DVD following the appropriate guidelines. While audition by DVD is an option, we strongly encourage that prospective students audition in person. For inquiries about the audition process, contact Associate Professor Clifton Brown at (270) 745-5832 or Clifton.brown@wku.edu.

The initial dance audition will consist of the following:

1) Narrative:
Students should bring with them to the audition, a typed narrative (maximum of 1 page in length) in which the prospective student describes previous dance experience and identifies and discusses future goals.

2) Recent Photograph:
Students should bring with them to the audition, a recent photograph, professional or informal, that shows the prospective student in an arabesque (side view).

3) Sample Audition Day Schedule:
9:00 - Session with dance faculty
10:00 - Session with Admissions Office representative
10:30  - Break
11:00  - Ballet technique class
12:45 - Jazz combination
1:15 - Modern combination

 Audition attire: Women should wear a solid color leotard and tights.   No extra clothing should be worn.  Bring ballet slippers, pointe shoes and jazz shoes.   Hair should be in a bun for the ballet class and secured up off the face and neck for the jazz class.   Men should wear black tights, white shirt and ballet shoes.   Jazz pants are acceptable for the jazz and modern combinations.  Bring ballet and jazz shoes.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDITION BY DVD

 Those students unable to attend the audition day for the B.A. in Dance may submit an audition by DVD.  Video auditions must be received by May 1st, and must include the following:

 1) Self introduction

 2) From a front and back view:
          Demi plié parallel
          Demi plié turned out (1st and 2nd positions)

 3) From a side view:
          Demi plié (1st and 2nd positions)
          Tendu 4 en croix (from 5th position)
          Dégagé 4 en croix (from 5th position)
          Développé, 2 en croix
          Passé rélevé and balance

 4) Center combination using the positions of the body. Example: croisé devant, effacé, devant,…etc.

 5) From a front view:
          Single/multiple pirouette(s) – choice of style

 6) Petite Allegro combination:
          Glissade jeté and glissade assemblé

 5) Solo of your choreography or that of a teacher.   Please specify the choreographer.
2 minutes maximum.

 6) A typed narrative (maximum of 1 page in length) in which the prospective student describes previous dance experience and identifies and discusses future goals.

 SEND REGISTRATION FORM, DVD, NARRATIVE AND PHOTO TO:
Clifton Brown, Dance Program Coordinator
Department of Theatre & Dance, Gordon Wilson Hall
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71086
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1086

WKU Department of Theatre & Dance
NATIONAL AUDTIONS
 
NOVEMBER 15, 2014 AND FEBRUARY 7, 2015
WKU Campus
Gordon Wilson Hall, 2nd Floor Dance Studio
 
For questions about BA Dance Auditions please contact:

Download the Dance Audition Registration Form

 Last Modified 4/14/14