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Dance Audition and Scholarship Day

The DeSales University Dance Department is hosting two Audition classes for our dance candidates who have already applied through the DeSales admissions process.

This physical audition is for acceptance into the Dance Department and for consideration for a talent scholarship. Due to Social Distancing protocols, there will be two audition classes held on Saturday, February 6th, at 10:00am and 3:00pm. There will be a strict cap of 20 students per class in order to accommodate for 10ft of Social Distancing. Masks are required. Please limit one guest per registration.

Dance Audition and Scholarship Day

Saturday, February 6, 2021

  • First Session—10:00am EST
  • Second Session—3:00pm EST

Location: Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University

*Event is subject to change due to COVID-19. We will notify all participants any updates or changes.

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What to Prepare

The DeSales Dance Department audition will consist of a brief ballet technique class, contemporary/modern dance technique class, and improvisation. Interviews with faculty members will be schedule the week of February 8 via Zoom. Please wear form fitting athletic attire, ballet slippers for ballet, and bare feet for modern. The improvisation portion will allow students to present their abilities in the style of dance they feel most fluent.

Prior to your audition, we ask that you send a dance photo, resume, one letter of recommendation from a dance teacher, and a writing sample answering the question, "Why do you want to study dance at DeSales University?" If you do not send these items prior to the audition, you may bring them with you when you arrive. Please email these materials to Rebecca Righi at rebecca.righi@desales.edu.

We are accepting virtual dance auditions, too!

The Dance Department at DeSales University will be accepting virtual auditions for artistic acceptance into our program on a rolling basis. In order to facilitate and standardize the assessment of virtual auditions, the dance faculty have provided a brief ballet and contemporary modern combinations for all applicants to perform. We recognize that not all dancers are currently training in ballet and modern styles, which is why the final portion of this virtual audition is a solo or improvisation in the dance style in which you feel most fluent. Once your virtual audition materials have been accepted, you will be contacted by the dance faculty to schedule a Zoom interview. For more information on how to submit a virtual audition, please contact Rebecca Righi, Director of Recruitment, at rebecca.righi@desales.edu.

Statement of Risk

While participating in this virtual audition, please be certain that you have the appropriate physical space and equipment to assure your safety during the movement combinations. If such conditions are not available, please do not engage in the movement exercises. You may also modify movements to safely fit the space you have. Ensure that you have room to do the following without obstruction (including furniture, other people, pets, or other objects in the space): - Extend your arms and legs in all directions from a standing position and a prone position - Locomote 6 feet in all directions on a level surface - Jump in place on a level surface.

Contact Us

Rebecca Righi, Director of Recruitment for the Performing Arts