Audition Requirements

Applicants to the UNCSA High School Contemporary Dance and Ballet programs are required to audition for admission into the UNCSA School of Dance. Applicants submit an audition video via a video link provided in the UNCSA Admissions application or attend an in-person audition on one of the scheduled audition dates. 

Audition Photographs

As part of the required documents, upload the following photographs with an admissions application.

  • All Applicants: photograph facing front, pointe tendu in second with arms in second.
  • Female Ballet Applicants: photograph in first or second arabesque on point.
  • Male Ballet Applicants: photograph in first or second arabesque.
  • All Contemporary Dance Applicants: photograph in a contemporary position.
  • Do not upload a video if auditioning in person.

Video Audition Requirements

A video audition should be a single video file, no more than 10 minutes in length containing all of the elements outlined below. Only one side needs to be shown of each combination. The frame of the video should show the full body throughout and not include any dancers other than the applicant. The video must be taken recently, not more than three months prior to submission, and with musical accompaniment.

  • The video link or file is required to be uploaded with the UNCSA Admissions application by one of the designated deadlines.
  • Applicants must wear practice clothes.
  • Do not wear skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, or leg warmers.
  • Wear clothing that contrasts with the filming environment, so you can clearly be seen and stand out from the background.

Applicants must include the following steps in a video:       


Barre work (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side needed of each combination)

  • Pliés, tendus, adagio, grands battements.

Center Work (maximum 5 minutes)

  • Adagio.
  • Pirouette combination with pirouettes en‐dehors and en‐dedans.
  • Allegro combinations:
    • Petite allegro.
    • Grand allegro (Optional, if you have enough space to execute the combination safely).
    • Men, please include tours en l’air right and left.
    • Pointe work (ladies only): échappés, retirés, double pirouettes en‐dehors and en‐dedans on pointe.
    • Classical variation (ladies must present their variation on pointe) one to two minutes in length.


Barre work (maximum of 5 minutes; only one side needed of each combination)

  • Plié, tendu/degage, rond de jambe, passé développé (front, side and back), grand battement and a balance on one leg in attitude back.

Center Work (maximum 2 minutes)

  • A one to two-minute self-choreographed solo.
  • Must be performed to 'classical/art' music.
  • Examples of composers: J. S. Bach, Ludwig von Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Philip Glass.