Students who wish to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance programs at Kent State must participate in a dance audition for admission. An audition is not required for admission to the dance minor, but dance minors who wish to enroll in professional level dance courses must participate in an audition.
2016-2017 Dance Audition Dates
|Audition Date||Registration Deadline|
|Saturday, August 27, 2016||August 6, 2016|
|Saturday, November 19, 2016||October 28, 2016|
|Saturday, February 18, 2017||January 27, 2017|
|Saturday, April 8, 2017||March 17, 2017|
Register for a Dance Audition
Prospective dance students must register for a dance audition through Decision Desk. The link to access Decision Desk is below. Please note that you must create a free Decision Desk account to complete the registration.
Please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Information on previous dance experience
- Letter of recommendation
- A photo for identification purposes
Letter of Recommendation Requirements
A letter of recommendation is required. A letter from a current dance instructor is preferred, however a letter from a previous teacher is permitted. The letter should briefly address the student’s technical and creative abilities, degree of commitment, attendance habits and class attitude.
The photo does NOT need to be a professional photo or a "dance" photo. It can be an informal snapshot, enlarged photocopy of your Driver's License photo, etc. This photo will be used to ensure that faculty are referring to the correct individual when completing evaluations.
For More Information
The movement portion of the audition takes place in Dance Studio D123 in the Kent Center for the Performing Arts located at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.
August Dance Audition Format
|1:30pm||Dance Studio Lobby||Check-in|
|2:00-4:15pm||Dance Studio D123||Group Audition|
|4:15pm||Dance Studio D123||Dance Major Interviews and Solo Auditions|
|5:45pm||Dance Studio D123||Dancers Informed of Decisions|
November, February and April Audition Format
|9:45am||Roe Green Center Lobby||Arrive at School of Theatre and Dance|
|10:00 - 11:00am||TBD||Q & A with Dance Students and Faculty|
|11:00am - 12:30pm||TBD/Dance Studio D123||Interviews/Observe Kent Dance Ensemble Rehearsal|
|12:30 - 1:30pm||N/A||Lunch Break|
|2:00 - 4:30pm||Dance Studio D123||
Group Audition (Ballet Barre, Movement;
Modern Combinations & Improvisation; Jazz Combination)
|4:30 - 5:30pm||Dance Studio D123||Dance Major Solo Auditions|
Note: Individuals auditioning for Dance minor are excused following group audition. Prospective Dance majors are excused following their solo audition.
Expectations for Those Auditioning
- Alignment, flexibility, strength and endurance
- Ability to pick up combinations
- Ability to make corrections
- Ability to persevere even if mistakes are made
- Movement flow
- Sensitivity to energy, dynamics and force
- Performance quality
- Openness to new ideas
- Enthusiasm for dance
- Tights (footless, stirrup or convertible)
- Ballet slippers
- Jazz Shoes
Dancers auditioning in August will receive their results immediately following the end of the audition day. Dancers auditioning in November, February, and April will receive their results by mail 2 to 3 weeks following their audition.