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Overview: Dance Program

General Description

The Dance Major Program at the University seeks to prepare students in both the technical and theoretical aspects of dance. The Dance Program offers BFA and BA degree tracks, and places equal emphasis on the idioms of ballet, modern dance, and jazz. While it is not necessary to have been trained in all three idioms, the majority of students accepted into the program have studied at least one idiom for an average of ten years and have reached an advanced skill level. They also have a solid background in ballet, even if it is not their strongest idiom.

An audition is required for acceptance of a student as a dance major. Auditions are held on campus throughout the Fall and Spring at regularly scheduled times. Auditions are taught in the form of a class based on the idioms of ballet, jazz, and modern dance. In addition, dancers will be asked to present a one-minute solo in any idiom. This excerpt should demonstrate performance ability, and should not exceed the one minute time limit.

Prospective students must submit a completed Dance Audition Registration form (Microsoft Word file or Acrobat Reader pdf file) to the Dance Office and will then be notified of the date and time of the scheduled audition. (Click on your preferred format to view and print out; then click on "Back" to return to this page.) Audition requests are processed by the Dance Office only after an application has been made to the University. For additional information, or to receive forms by mail, please contact the Dance Office at 545-6064 or e-mail Cathy Maclutsky at


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