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 provided in the UNCSA Admissions application. 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 can be on compact disc and cued appropriately, or on a smartphone.

Video Audition Requirements

  • A video link will be provided to you upon completing your UNCSA Admissions application.
  • Video auditions open on January 6, 2020.
  • Applicants must wear practice clothes. No particular color is required.

Applicants must include the following steps in 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 or 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 développé (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/art’ music. Examples of composers: J. S. Bach, Ludwig von Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Philip Glass.