Undergraduate Auditions

Two dancers performing at Space Place Theater

Audition Required

During the 2020-21 Academic Year, all auditions will be conducted via online submission.

The submission window for auditions will begin on Monday, October 5, 2020. All students auditioning for the BA, BFA, and Dance Minor must first complete the Audition Intent Form. We will contact applicants with details and requirements for their audition after they submit the intent form. Application and acceptance to the University of Iowa Admissions Office is required in order to complete the audition application for the Department of Dance. Students will need an active HawkID and login in order to complete the audition application. Please contact Alex Bush with questions.

All applicants should prioritize safety in the recording of their audition materials. We are aware that some applicants may be required to record their video submissions in their homes or other alternative dance spaces. You are encouraged to adapt the materials to meet the needs of your dance space, and you will not be penalized for doing so!

Submission Dates

October 5 - November 13, 2020 (for early consideration and priority consideration for scholarships)

November 14, 2020 - February 26, 2021

Audition Requirements

  • Photo (headshot or full body)

  • Ballet Technique Audition

    • Video of the student performing the exercises provided in the Ballet Technique Audition Source Material (will be shared with the applicant after they submit their Audition Intent Form).
    • Upload to YouTube as an unlisted video with the title formatted as "First Name Last Name Ballet Audition"
       
  • Modern Technique Audition
    • Video of the student peforming the material provided in the Modern Technique Audition (will be shared with the applicant after they submit their Audition Intent Form).
    • Upload to YouTube as an unlisted video with the title formatted as "First Name Last Name Modern Audition"
       
  • Improvisation/Creative Audition
    • Video of the student peforming the material provided in the Improvisation/Creative Prompt (will be shared with the applicant after they submit their Audition Intent Form).
    • Upload to YouTube as an unlisted video with the title formatted as "First Name Last Name Improvisation Audition"
       
  • Solo in the dance style of your choosing (2 minutes maximum)
    • Applicants should submit a solo that showcases their strengths as a performer. We encourage applicants to perform a solo in the dance style of your choosing: African diasporic forms, ballet, ballroom, Broadway/musical theatre, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, liturgical, modern/contemporary, tap, etc.
    • Your solo may be self-choreographed, or choreographed by someone else. Please provide choreography credits in the description of your video.
    • Upload to YouTube as an unlisted video with the title formatted "First Name Last Name Solo"
       
  • Essay written on the following prompt:

When asked why he danced, choreographer Bill T. Jones commented:

"I danced because I fell in love with my sweat. But I wanted a type of sweat that was not the sweat of the athletic field or the locker room. I wanted poetic sweat.  I didn’t know what that was.  I was nineteen. I wanted to be great; I wanted to be beautiful; I wanted to be loved. And I loved what my body would say to me when I was dancing."

Using Jones’s experience as a point of departure, tell us why you dance? If possible, articulate a main idea and support it with evidence from your experience.

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 will be uploaded at the time you submit your audition. 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.

Additional Essay (ICA Scholarship Applicants Only): Submit an essay based on the following prompt:

Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” premiered in 1960 on the brink of the American Civil Rights Movement. In a 2017 review by Lauren Warnecke for the Los Angeles Times, she writes, ”’Revelations’ represents more than the Ailey dance company. It represents the faith, beauty, and complexity of African-American culture. It imbues pain, humanity, and joy. And, for some, it is the best possible representation of how Dance (capital ‘D’) can bring people together.” 

Reflect on the significance of dance in the world, and provide an example of when dance (or bodily movement) has made a difference. Consider how dance and the body have contributed to social, cultural, and/or political change over time: from concert dance works like “Revelations,” to political movements that leverage the power of bodies in space to provoke change, such as marches, sit-ins, and other forms of protest. 

Be sure to frame your response with a main idea, supported by specific examples. If you cite additional sources, be sure to include a reference list at the end of your essay.

Audition Attire

  • 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. Please complete the modern technique submission in bare feet.
  • Hair: Have your hair securely pulled away from your face.
  • Please follow safety protocols for the space in which you are recording, including face coverings. 

Please contact the Recruitment Coordinator Alex Bush with questions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Dance in advance at 319-335-2621.