Dance Auditions | Kent State University

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. 

2017-2018 Dance Audition Dates

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Register for a Dance Audition

Prospective dance students must register for a dance audition through Decision Desk no later than 3 weeks prior to the audition date. 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:

  1. Information on previous dance experience
  2. Letter of recommendation
  3. A photo for identification purposes

Register for a Dance Audition

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.

Photo Requirements

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

For more information about registering for an audition, please contact Donna Miller at or 330-672-0111.

Audition Format

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

Time Location Activity
1:00pm Dance Studio Lobby Check-in
2:00-4:00pm Dance Studio D123 Group Audition
4:pm Dance Studio D123 Dance Major Interviews and Solo Auditions

November, February and April Audition Format

Time Location Activity
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 
  • Musicality
  • Vocabulary
  • Ability to pick up combinations
  • Ability to make corrections
  • Ability to persevere even if mistakes are made
  • Creativity
  • Movement flow
  • Sensitivity to energy, dynamics and force
  • Performance quality
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Enthusiasm for dance
Appropriate Attire
  • Leotard
  • 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.