Undergraduate Auditions

Audition Required

All prospective dance majors and minors must audition for acceptance into the Department of Dance. The first step in this process is to complete the 2019-20 Audition Form. Application and acceptance to the University of Iowa Admissions Office is encouraged, but NOT mandatory before the audition date.

Audition Dates

Prospective students are required to attend one audition from the following dates:

  • Fall: November 15, 2019 (application deadline November 8, 2019)

  • ​​Spring: February 27 and 28, 2020 (application deadline February 21, 2020). There is an opportunity to indicate date preference on the Audition Form. The Dance Department encourages prospective students to submit the Audition Form as early as possible, as audition date preferences will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Audition Form

Access to the Fall 2019 Audition Form for all Dance Major and Minor Applicants will be available in mid-August 2019.

If you are auditioning for the minor or Bachelor of Arts program, a completed audition form is all that is required. Upon receipt of your audition form, the Dance Department's Academic Coordinator will be in touch with you to provide more information about the audition day.

If you are auditioning for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and/or the ICA Scholarship, please read below for additional requirements.

Additional Required Materials for BFA and ICA Scholarship Applicants

Two Letters of Recommendation: two letters of recommendation (one letter should come from either a director, choreographer, or teacher of your current dance studio/school, and one letter should come from a high school guidance counselor, teacher, or mentor.) should be uploaded to your online application. You will see an option to do this at the bottom of the application form. If your letters are confidential and cannot be uploaded, please have them sent via email to the Department of Dance.

Current Transcripts: are required at the time of application and can be uploaded on the ICA application form. Transcripts do not need to be official at the time of application. If it is not possible to attach a digital version of the transcripts, please have them sent to E114 Halsey Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. The Department of Dance does not receive materials sent to the Admissions Office-please send all materials directly to the Department of Dance.

Solo Requirements: For BFA applicants and applicants for the ICA scholarship, a two minute solo is required to be preformed on audition day. Solos can be in any genre and cannot exceed two minutes. You must provide your own music on your phone, portable USB drive, or compact disc. An mp3 file on a phone is the preferred method. Your piece can be self-choreographed or choreographed by another. If you have questions about the solo please contact Alex Bush.

Additional Information

Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. in Halsey Hall. Dancers may warm-up after they have registered. Auditions will begin at 9:30 a.m. 

  • 8:45- 9:30 a.m.      Registration
  • 9:30- 10:25 a.m.    Ballet/Modern Technique
  • 10:30- 11:25 a.m.    Ballet/Modern Technique
  • 11:30- 12:30 p.m.    BFA/ICA Solos
  • 12:30- 1:15 p.m.      Lunch Break
  • 1:15- 1:45 p.m.        Question and Answer Session (for students and parents)
    • This is an informal opportunity to talk with undergraduate students in the program and hear about their experiences and goals. 
  • 1:45- 2:15 p.m.      Writing Portion
  • 1:45 p.m.               Parent Question and Answer Session in E105 with Alex Bush
  • 2:30- 3:30 p.m.     Improvisation session
  • 3:30  p.m.              Audition complete

All prospective Dance Majors and Minors are expected to stay for the entire audition.

Audition Dress

  • Dancewear: Choose comfortable and form fitting dancewear so we can adequately assess your technique and movement (leotard, tights, form-fitting t-shirts, etc.).
  • Shoes: Ballet shoes are mandatory for ballet technique, shoes for modern technique are optional.
  • Hair: Have your hair securely pulled away from your face, in a bun if possible.


Please contact the Department of Dance with questions.