Audition Requirements

To apply for admission into either the undergraduate Ballet or undergraduate Contemporary Dance programs in the UNCSA School of Dance, you must audition as part of the application process. You may audition live at one of our scheduled audition dates or via a video link. Live auditions for all applicants include a short ballet class and short contemporary class.

Preparing for Your Audition

Audition Photographs
At the time of check-in for your audition you will submit the following photographs. The applicant's name should be written on the back of all photos. Professional photos are not required:

  • All Applicants: 5 x 7 photograph facing front, pointe tendu in second with arms in second
  • Female Ballet Applicants: 5 x 7 photograph in first or second arabesque on pointe
  • Male Ballet Applicants: 5 x 7 photograph in first or second arabesque
  • All Contemporary Dance Applicants: 5 x 7 photograph in a contemporary position

 What To Wear

  • Applicants must wear dance practice clothes. No particular leotard color is required. Ballet slippers will be needed for the ballet portion and bare feet will be necessary for the contemporary portion.
  • Do not wear any jewelry.
  • Wear your hair up.

Live Audition Requirements

All dance auditions for both ballet and contemporary applicants begin with a short ballet class, followed by a short contemporary class. A faculty member demonstrates the dance combinations to be executed.      

Ballet Applicants
In addition to the above requirements, female ballet applicants may be asked to do pointe work.

Contemporary Applicants
In addition to the above requirements, contemporary dance applicants must be prepared to present a self-choreographed solo, one to two minutes in length, danced to classical music. Examples of classical music composers are Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, or Copland. The classical music you choose for the audition solo must be on compact disc and cued appropriately.

Video Audition Requirements

  • Email video link to Brenda Daniels at
  • All videos must be received no later than Friday, March 16, 2018.
  • Applicants must wear practice clothes. No particular color is required.

 Applicants must include the following on their video:


  • At the barre – plié, port de bras, tendu, tendu jeté, rond de jambe par terre, frappé, fondu, rond de jambe en l’air de coté, développé, and grand battement.
  • In the center – battement tendu with epaulement, pirouette, petite allegro, and grand allegro.
  • A solo of classical variation. Women must present their solo on pointe.
  • Ballet solos should be one to two minutes in length.


  • At the barre – plié, tendu/degage (straight and with plie from fifth), rond de jambe, passé developpe (front, side, and back), grand battement, and a balance on one leg. 
  • In the center – a one to two minute self-choreographed solo; must be performed to classical music. Examples of classical music are Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart and Copland.
Clyde Howell
Dance Admissions Counselor

I'm happy to guide you through the admissions process. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

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