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National Dance Audition Tour

National Dance Audition Tour

Each January, Walnut Hill conducts a National Audition Tour to select dancers who wish to apply to the Dance Department, Summer Dance, and Summer Youth Dance. Walnut Hill hosts auditions in 11 cities across the United States. Auditions also take place at our Natick, MA campus on two dates. Dancers should choose the date and audition city that is most convenient. Auditions and decisions do not change based on location.

Note for students applying to the Dance Department: Auditioning for the Dance Department during the National Audition Tour is ideal for applicants who are unable to visit our campus for the fall auditions. Because these auditions take place before and not long after our priority deadline of January 15, it is recommended that students applying to the Dance Department complete all application requirements prior to auditioning.

2019 Tour Dates & Locations

Natick, MA Saturday, January 5 Walnut Hill School for the Arts 10–13
New York, NY Saturday, January 5 School of American Ballet 10–13
Hartford, CT Sunday, January 6 The Hartt School–
University of Hartford
Atlanta, GA Friday, January 11 Atlanta Ballet 10–17 6:00–6:30pm 6:30–8:00pm
Chicago, IL Saturday, January 12 Joffrey Ballet 10–17 4:00–4:30pm 4:30–6:00pm
Santa Fe, NM Saturday, January 12 National Dance Institute
of New Mexico
10–17 6:00–6:30pm 6:30–8:00pm
Cincinnati, OH Sunday, January 13 Cincinnati Ballet 10–17 5:00–5:30pm 5:30–7:00pm
Chelsea, MI Friday, January 18 Ballet Chelsea 10–17 5:30–6:00pm 6:00–7:30pm
San Francisco, CA Friday, January 18 Alonzo King Lines Ballet 10–17 7:00–7:30pm 7:30–9:00pm
Vancouver, BC Saturday, January 19 The Dance Centre 10–17 5:00–5:30pm 5:30–7:00pm
Seattle, WA Sunday, January 20 Pacific Northwest Ballet 10–13
Portland, OR Monday, January 21 Oregon Ballet Theatre 10–17 3:00–3:30pm 3:30–5:00pm
Natick, MA Saturday, January 26 Walnut Hill School for the Arts 10–13

Live Audition Requirements

Live auditions consists of a ninety minute ballet class including barre and center work. Pointe work of applicants for Summer Dance and the Dance Department will be evaluated at this audition. Students will be evaluated based on technical ability, strength, and potential. All dancers must complete the following to be considered for the summer program:

●     Pay Audition Fee by pre-registering for an audition
●      Bring 4×6 or 5×7 photograph of first arabesque to audition
●      Bring filled out Audition Form to audition

Pre-Register for an Audition here  Download Audition Form

Audition Fees

It is strongly recommended that you pre-register online. The audition fee is $30 for students who pre-register. Walk-in registrations are $40 at the audition site and must be paid by cash or check.

Note for students applying to the Dance Department: If you are auditioning for both the Dance Department and Summer Dance program, you need only submit the $65 high school application fee. The Summer Dance audition fee is waived for dancers applying to both programs.

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 auditioning for Summer Dance or the Dance Department will need to bring pointe shoes. Summer Youth Dancers do not need pointe shoes for the audition.

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.

Video 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 a $40 digital audition fee when they submit their recording. Digital audition submissions should be no longer than 10 minutes and must showcase barre and center work. 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 March 1, 2019. Recorded auditions received after this date will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Scholarships for Summer Dance Programs

All dancers who audition are eligible for merit-based scholarships to attend Summer Dance or Summer Youth Dance. 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 and Summer Youth Dance do not offer need-based financial aid.