Dance Auditions | School of Theatre and Dance | 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. 

2018-2019 Dance Audition Dates

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Register for a Dance Audition

The School of Theatre and Dance uses Acceptd for dance audition registration. Prospective students are asked to register for an audition no later than 1 week prior to the audition date. The link to access Acceptd is below. 

    Register for a Dance Audition

    Acceptd Instructions
    1. Click on the Acceptd link provided below. The link will take you to the Kent State College of the Arts landing page on Acceptd.
    2. On the left hand side of the page under "Start An Application" select School of Theatre and Dance as the program group and select Dance as the program.
    3. Click "Apply to Dance"
    4. Create an Acceptd account as prompted or login if you already have one.
    5. Complete the application as instructed

    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 or if you encounter any issues using the Acceptd platform, 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.