Walnut Hill School for the Arts


Summer Dance Audition Requirements

All dancers applying for Summer Dance must complete the following to be considered for admission:

  • Audition (live or digital)
  • Audition registration form
  • Audition fee of $30 (live) or $35 (digital)
  • 4×6 or 5×7 photograph of first arabesque


All students applying for Summer Dance must complete a dance audition in the form of a ballet class.

Live Auditions

Live auditions occur during the month of January at a variety of locations throughout the United States. For a list of national audition tour dates, locations, and times, please click here.

The audition consists of a ninety minute ballet class including barre and center work. Pointe work will not be evaluated at this audition however all dancers must have a minimum of one year of pointe experience prior to attending the audition. Students will be evaluated based on technical ability, strength, and potential.

While pre-registration is not required, it is highly encouraged. Please click here to complete a Pre-Registration form and then click here to complete the Day of Audition Registration Form which must be turned in on the day of the audition along with a first arabesque photograph.

Digital Auditions

If unable to attend a live audition, students may submit a recorded audition using Slideroom.

Dancers must also upload a first arabesque photograph to Slideroom and pay the $35 audition fee.

Digital audition submissions should be no longer than 10 minutes and must showcase barre and center work. Do not submit performance clips. Video recordings must include the following:

  • Introduction (Full name, program for which you are auditioning i.e. Summer Dance)
  • Barre (3-5 brief combinations, one side only)
  • Center
  • Tendus
  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Grand allegro

Recordings should be received by February 1, 2018. Recorded auditions received after this date will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Audition Fee

All dancers must pay an audition fee of $30 (live) or $35 (digital) in order to be considered for admission. If you are auditioning for both the Dance Department and Summer Dance at the same time, you need only submit the $65 high school application fee. The Summer Dance audition fee is waived for dancers applying to both programs.

Students attending a live audition may submit cash or check to the audition personnel during registration. Checks can be made out to Walnut Hill School for the Arts and should include the dancer’s name in the memo section. This fee is non-refundable. We do not accept credit cards at live auditions.

Students submitting digital auditions via Slideroom must pay a $35 audition fee, which can be paid through Slideroom. Please do not send cash or check by mail. This fee is nonrefundable.


All dancers must submit a photograph of first arabesque. The image should be in standard 4×6 or 5×7 size and do not need to be professional quality.

If attending a live audition, the applicant’s name should be written on the back of the photograph. If submitting a digital audition please upload your photograph to Slideroom.

The photograph must be taken in a dance studio and students must wear appropriate attire, including shoes. Ladies should take the photograph on pointe.

Dress Code

All dancers participating in an audition must adhere to the required dress code.

Girls should wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers and a solid leotard in any color. Canvas or leather ballet slippers are acceptable. Hair should be neatly pulled back and away from the face. Girls do not need to bring pointe shoes.

Boys should wear a fitted white leotard or tee shirt, black tights, and black ballet slippers or white ballet slippers with white ankle socks. Canvas or leather ballet slippers are acceptable. All dancers must remove jewelry, warm-ups, and skirts before class begins.


All dancers who audition are eligible for merit-based scholarships to attend Summer Dance. Awards range from several hundred dollars to full scholarships and are given to dancers that are particularly advanced or show great potential. This assessment is based solely upon the audition. Notification of the receipt of any scholarship offer will be sent via email along with the student’s acceptance letter and enrollment contract. Summer Dance does not offer need-based financial aid.

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