1. Apply to the University

You must apply for admission to the university prior to scheduling your audition. Audition requests are made by filling out the supplemental dance application that is part of the online application to the university.

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2. Schedule an Audition

You will need to schedule an audition for admission into the program. When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will need to complete a supplemental application where you can schedule your audition.

We hold on-campus auditions and we also hold an audition in Chicago in February (this date coincides with the National Unified Auditions).

Dates

Virtual Auditions:
(BA/BS is for technique level placement)

  • Friday, January 29 – held Virtually
  • Friday, February 12 – held Virtually
  • Friday, February 26 – held Virtually

Off-Campus:

Digital Audition:

All students have the option, and are encouraged, to submit a digital audition for BFA Acting, BFA Musical Theatre, and/or BFA Dance. Digital submissions are given equal attention and consideration as in-person auditions. Students will be sent directions regarding audition requirements and needs directly from auditions@bsu.edu.

 

Process and Guidelines

Auditions for the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in dance program will be held digitally. All applicants will receive technique videos that the student will learn, self-tape, and return for evaluation. An interview between student and faculty will be arranged after all technique videos have been submitted.

  • The technique class will consist of ballet barre and centre work in addition to progressions and/or combinations in both modern and jazz.
  • It may last from ninety minutes to three hours, depending on the number of students auditioning, but two hours is typical.
  • If you wish to be considered for advanced placement in tap, you may also complete a tap combination, but please note that this portion of the audition is optional and for placement purposes only. 
  • Immediately following the class portion of the audition, you will meet with dance faculty for a brief, informal interview to discuss your individual academic and artistic goals. This is an opportunity for the faculty panel to get to know you a bit more, and it’s also an opportunity for you to address any questions you may have about the audition process or the program.
  • In addition, if you wish, you may share a prepared solo in the dance style of your choosing that is approximately 90 seconds long. Please note that the solo performance is optional and does not impact your admission status or scholarship eligibility; it is simply an opportunity for the dance faculty to gain further insight into your candidacy, should you wish to share your work in this capacity.

Please note that all portions of the audition (class, solo performances, and interviews) are closed to parents and observers.

Immediately following the class portion of the audition, you will meet with dance faculty for a brief, informal interview to discuss your individual academic and artistic goals. The BFA program can easily combine with another major, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your future career interests such as dance education, studio ownership, choreography, and dance therapy. The interview is an opportunity for the faculty panel to get to know you a bit more, and it’s also an opportunity for you to address any questions you may have about the BFA Dance program.

If you audition in Chicago, and decide you want to visit campus at a later date, we would love to have you! We can set up a day where you’ll shadow a student, attend classes, and see a show or dance concert, if possible. You can contact Recruitment Coordinator Andrea Sadler to arrange this.

In order for the dance faculty to properly assess your placement, alignment, and movement skills, it is essential that you adhere to the dress code below for the audition

  • Supportive undergarments – dance belts and sports bras as appropriate.
  • Hair neat and pulled up and away from the face.
  • No loose or dangling jewelry of any kind.
  • No baggy clothing of any kind, including but not limited to sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, shorts.
  • Tights in black, white, or color inclusive tones to enhance the line of the body. 
  • Leotards/unitards in black, white, or color inclusive tones to enhance the line of the body.
  • All attire needs to be form fitting and snug to the body.
  • Ballet slippers in black, white, or color inclusive tones to enhance the line of the body.
  • Bare feet and socks could be required

For JAZZ classes:

  • Any color tightly fitted T-shirt, leotard or tank, with tights, jazz pants, or other close fitting pants.
  • Socks or bare feet for warm up, jazz shoes for progressions and center work.

This personal, multi-disciplinary approach to the audition process enables the dance faculty panel to observe your technique, performance quality, and artistry, as well as your adaptability in a range of dance styles, and your ability to learn new and unfamiliar material quickly. Ultimately, this process allows us an opportunity to get to know you as a unique and individual artist. In turn, you have an opportunity to display your individual strengths in several disciplines and capacities so that we may assess your potential to thrive and succeed in our program.

Creating a list of questions you ask every university for which you are auditioning may allow you to compare dance programs more specifically. However, the answers to many of your questions will be on the various departmental websites and in printed materials, so we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to research the programs prior to your auditions. It's possible that you will be asked what you are looking for in a BFA in dance program, and why you're interested in our program in particular. Having a sense of what differentiates one program from another is one of the best things you can do prior to your college dance audition.

If you haven't been able to find an answer to your question(s), please feel free to ask the faculty or the dance students who will be present on your audition day. We want to make sure you get the information you need!

*See "What to Prepare" section for 2021-2022 auditions.

If you are unable to attend any of the live auditions, you may submit a digital dance audition. Please do so by sending us a YouTube or Vimeo. Please make sure your video is ‘unlisted’ vs. ‘private.

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  • Ballet Barre – including plies, tendus, degages, rond de jambes, and grand battements
  • Ballet Centre – including adagio, pirouette, petit allegro, and grand allegro
  • short modern combination, progression or phrase
  • short jazz combination, progression or phrase
  • short solo in your strongest form

All digital dance auditions must be received by our last live audition date (usually in early February of each year).
Please contact Recruitment Coordinator Andrea Sadler for any questions regarding digital auditions.

Finally, this is a time for us to find out a bit more about you, and for you to learn more about us and our program. Relax, breathe, and be yourself.  We look forward to meeting you!