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Dance Auditions

Dance Audition Dates:

November 4, 2017 and February 10, 2018

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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 each semester.  Prospective students must attend one of the audition days or submit an audition DVD/link.

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 apply for full admittance by their 4th semester and be accepted by the completion of their 5th semester (transfer students must apply and be accepted prior to completing 30 credit hours at WKU). Students must meet the following minimum requirements before applying:

  • 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)
  • Demonstrate proficient talent, commitment, and a reasonable likelihood of  achieving the technique level requirements of the degree program. 

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 the Audition Day

Those planning to audition for the B.A. in Dance program must register online prior to their selected audition date. Those who cannot attend an audition must submit a DVD/link following the appropriate guidelines. While audition by DVD/link is an option, we strongly encourage that prospective students audition in person. For inquiries about the audition process, contact Associate Professor Amanda Clark at (270) 745-2956 or amanda.clark@wku.edu.

There are two ways to audition: 

Attend the BA in Dance auditions at WKU

All incoming dance majors (including transfer students) must participate in the department’s initial dance placement audition process. This audition will also serve as your audition for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship.

Attending the Audition Day
The initial dance audition will consist of the following:

1) Narrative: Bring a typed narrative (maximum of one page in length) in which the prospective student describes previous dance experience and identifies and discusses future goals.

2) Recent Photograph: Bring a recent photograph, professional or informal, that shows the prospective student in 1st arabesque (side view) along with a recent headshot, professional or informal.

3) Sample Audition Day Schedule:

8:30 a.m.                  Check-in

9:00 a.m.                  Information Session with dance faculty

10:15-11:45 a.m.        Ballet technique class (optional pointe segment)

12:00-12:30 p.m.        Jazz Combination

12:30-1:00 p.m.          Modern Combination

1:00-1:30 p.m.           Tap Combination (This is only for those trained in tap. Acceptance is not 
                               contingent upon participation in this portion of the audition.)

Audition attire: Bring ballet slippers, pointe shoes (ladies), jazz shoes, and tap shoes. All dancers should have access to bare feet for the modern portion. Women should wear a solid color leotard, pink tights for the ballet portion, and black tights for the remaining movement portions. No extra clothing should be worn. Hair should be in a bun for the ballet class and secured up off the face and neck for the remaining movement portions. Men should wear black tights and a fitted, white shirt.

After your audition, you will be classified as “seeking admission” into the BA in Dance program.  You 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).   You must apply for full admittance by your 4th semester and be accepted by the completion of your 5th semester (transfer students must apply and be accepted prior to completing 30 credit hours at WKU). You must meet the following minimum requirements before applying:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.
  • Completion of 8 hours of dance technique.
  • You must have taken or currently be enrolled in a 300-level dance technique course (ballet, jazz, or modern)
  • Demonstrate proficient talent, commitment, and a reasonable likelihood of achieving the technique level requirements of the degree program. 

Once admitted to the BA in Dance degree, you will be regularly assessed by the dance faculty to ensure that you are successfully progressing within the degree program.

For inquiries about the audition process, contact Associate Professor Amanda Clark at (270) 745-2956 or amanda.clark@wku.edu.

Or submit an audition video:

While auditioning by video is an option, we strongly encourage prospective students to audition in person, if possible. 

Video auditions must include the following:

  1. Self-introduction (Please include a description of your dance background, and why you wish to pursue the B.A. in Dance degree.)


       2. The following exercises at the barre from a side view
           i.      Demi plié and grande plié (1st, 2nd, and 5th positions)
           ii.      Tendu – en croix (from 5th position)
           iii.      Dégagé – 4 en croix (from 5th position)
           iv.      Développé – 2 en croix
           v.      Passé rélevé and balance
           vi.      Grand Battement – 2 en croix

       3. Center tendu/dégagé combination using the classical positions of the body. Example: croisé 
           devant, effacé devant, . . . etc.

  •        4. From a front view:
Single/multiple pirouette(s) exercise.

       5. Waltz exercise on the diagonal that includes balancés, waltz turnspiqué turns, and chaîné 
           turns.

       6. Petite allegro exercise that includes glissade jeté and glissade assemble.

       7. Jazz: center combination of choice that highlights extensions, pirouettes, and leaps within the 
           genre.

       8. Modern: phrase demonstrating head/tail connection, release, and stylistic approach within the 
           genre.

The entire video should be 2 minutes maximum.

Upload your video to YouTube.  In the dropdown menu, select “unlisted.”  This keeps your video unsearchable, but allows those who have the link to access it. Test your link before sending.

Send us your materials.  This email should include:

  • The link to your video.
  • A typed narrative (maximum of 1 page in length) in which you describe your previous dance experience and identify and discuss your future goals.
  • A recent photograph, professional or informal, that shows you in 1st arabesque (side view) along with a recent headshot, professional or informal.

Send to amanda.clark@wku.edu  You should receive a confirmation that we received your video within three business days.  If you do not, please email or call us.  Please submit your video no later than February 1st.

BA in Dance Auditions 2017-18
 
 
November 4, 2017 and February 10, 2018
WKU Campus, Gordon Wilson Hall, 2nd Floor Dance Studio, See Map.
 
For questions about BA Dance Auditions please contact: amanda.clark@wku.edu

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