BA Dance Auditions

Dates (2018-2019 Admission)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Check-in Time: 10:00AM

Location: Clark Hall, Floor 3

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018

Please note that participation at each audition will be limited to the first 60 dancers who register.



Auditionees must register by e-mailing their name, address and phone number to Nancy Calvert by the listed deadlines.  When registering, please indicate if you will be needing your two complimentary tickets to the performance that evening.  Auditions start promptly at 11:00AM.  Auditionees are encouraged to arrive no later than 10:30AM to complete necessary paperwork. Please contact Cornelius Carter for further information.

What to Expect

The audition begins at 11:00AM, but you should arrive by 10:30AM to sign in, get your number and warm up.  The audition consists of a ballet class with barre, some center work (tendus, adagio) and across the floor combinations (turns, leaps).  Next comes some basic pointe work for the women (echappes, passé releves, and some turns).  Men will demonstrate some jumps, leaps and turns.  After that, you’ll learn a modern combination and then a jazz combination.

You will not show individual choreography, nor need to bring a resume, references or pictures.  The faculty simply watch you take class and observe how you switch from one style/teacher to the next.  The class takes about two hours.

After class, there will be a Q&A about the department and the university, with a representative from admissions to answers questions about application procedures.

After that, you are free to explore campus and Tuscaloosa until the dance concert at 5:30PM, though you’ll probably want to be there by 5:00PM to get a good seat!  We highly recommend that you attend the concert to have a clear understanding of what we do.  Auditionees will receive two complimentary tickets to the concert.  Additional tickets may be purchased by contacting the Box Office at (205) 348-3400 or visiting our online Tickets link.


What to Wear


Bring ballet, pointe and jazz shoes and wear a black leotard and pink tights (convertible are best so you can easily be barefoot for the modern portion).  Hair should be neatly secured in a bun.  Do not wear jewelry.


Wear either a black or white fitted T-shirt and black tights with black or white ballet slippers (bring jazz shoes).

Video Audition

While the faculty prefer to see you in the audition class, video auditions are accepted under special circumstances.

Video auditions should include the following:

4-5 minutes of ballet barre exercises that demonstrate placement/alignment, line, actions of feet, legs and arms in quick movements (dégagé, frappé, etc.) and slow movements (rond de jambe, fondu, etc.)

3-5 minutes of center exercises that demonstrate:
balance, extension, épaulement, line and musicality, pirouettes (double pirouette en de hors), quick jumps (petit jeté, pas de chat, etc.),
big jumps (grand jeté, tour jeté, etc.)

Pointe work (not required):  echappé on point, piqué turns and single pirouette

1-2 minutes of a contemporary combination/choreography (modern dance, concert jazz, or contemporary ballet) that demonstrates your strengths as a dancer

Video submissions are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Please send a link to youtube or vimeo via email to