All students who seek admission to Ohio University with a major in Dance must audition. The auditions is for both admission and talent-based scholarship decisions.
Open House and Audition Dates
Experience the Arts Day
October 14, 2019 • Athens, OH
Kentucky College and Career Day
October 25, 2019 • Louisville, KY
Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
Nov 2–3, 2019 • Chicago, IL
Fall Open House & Auditions
November 22-23, 2019 • Athens, OH
Spring Open House & Auditions
January 17-18, 2020 • Athens, OH
National High School Dance Festival
Dates and locations for 2020 TBA
Acceptance to the Dance major or minor program in choreography and performance is by talent audition. Auditions are scheduled to coordinate with various university application deadlines. Students who audition and are accepted into the dance program must also apply and be accepted by Ohio University.
The audition class includes modern, ballet, jazz or African portions, and improvisation. Each of these provides the dancer with an opportunity to demonstrate his or her talent, level of training, and aptitude for further study in dance. Auditionees are not expected to demonstrate proficiency in all techniques. The audition committee evaluates technical proficiency, physical strength and flexibility, spatial and rhythmic accuracy, and performance quality. Dancers should be prepared to take class in dancewear that allows freedom of movement. You will need to dance barefoot for the modern portion of the audition class and may bring ballet slippers or jazz shoes to wear for the ballet and jazz portions of class.
Audition Day Information Session for Parents
The dance office will be open at noon on audition day for an Information Session for parents. It covers general information about the program and provides an overview of Financial Aid & Scholarship information.
Dance Open House
We host an Open House the Friday before each scheduled talent audition. Prospective students, parents, and friends are welcome to spend the day in our division: take class, meet dance majors, faculty, and staff, ask questions about the program, and see other parts of the campus at their leisure.
Can't Make it?
Although attending a scheduled audition is the best possible means of representing your talent, if you are unable to attend, please call our office at 740-593-1826 to discuss other arrangements.