Audition for the Dance Minor

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. Students who wish to study the dance minor also must participate in a dance audition if they wish to enroll in professional level dance courses.


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



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:

  1. Information on previous dance experience
  2. Letter of recommendation
  3. 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.

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.


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
1:30pm 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

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.