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Summer Youth Dance Audition Requirements

TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

All students interested in attending Summer Youth Dance must complete a dance audition in the form of a ballet class. Live auditions for Summer Youth Dance occur during the month of January at a variety of locations throughout the United States. Video auditions must be received by March 1.

LIVE AUDITIONS - NATIONAL DANCE AUDITION TOUR

All dancers interested in attending Summer Youth Dance must complete an audition to be considered for the summer program. The audition consists of a ninety minute ballet class including barre and center work. Pointe work will not be evaluated at this audition. Previous pointe experience is NOT required to audition as this program provides pre-pointe classes. Students will be evaluated based on technical ability, strength, and potential.

Students attending a live audition must bring the following:

  • Audition fee of $30 (cash or check)
  • 4×6 or 5×7 photograph of first arabesque
  • Completed Audition Form

For a list of the National Dance Audition Tour dates, locations, and times, please click here.

DIGITAL AUDITIONS - VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSION

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 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, 2018. Recorded auditions received after this date will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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