INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
Dance Audition Dates
Audition Dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are November 15, 2014 and February 7, 2015.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initial dance audition will consist of the following:
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
Download the Dance Audition Registration Form