Audition Dates and Policies

Special Auditions Note

During the academic year 2021-2022, EMU School of Music & Dance auditions will be offered with the choice of in-person or remote. 

  • In-person auditions will be held Friday, February 11, 2022.  
  • Remote auditions will be evaluated on January 15 and March 18, 2022. (No in-person auditions will be held on January 15 and March 18, 2022.)

Prospective students auditioning remotely should send a link to an unlisted YouTube video so dance faculty can review. The video should include:
Please clearly state your name, whether you want to major or minor in dance, and what year you are in school (new first year or transfer).
1) ballet barre exercises (only one side needed): Plies, tendus, degages, rond de jambe a terrre, frappe, adagio at barre, and grand battements.
2) ballet center exercises (only one side needed): adagio, one pirouette combination, one small jump combination, and one grande allegro.
3) a combination in another dance genre such as a jazz, lyrical, hip-hop or tap combination. Any dance genre is acceptable.
4) A solo in any dance genre of one minute in length.

All video links should be sent to [email protected] Recommendation forms should be attached. Videos must be received by March 18 for scholarship consideration.

Undergraduate Dance Audition Day In-Person Schedule

Applicants

  • 8 a.m. – Pick-up refreshments in Alexander Music Building and walk to the Dance Studio (room 106) in Warner Building with a current EMU Dance student. 
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m. – Sign-in at the Dance Studio
  • 8:30–9:50 a.m.– Dance audition - modern dance combination
  • 10–11 a.m. – Dance audition - classical ballet barre and combination
  • 11–11:30 a.m.– Dance audition - Solo
  • 11:30–11:50 a.m.– EMU Dance Program orientation and lunch (Dance Studio)
  • Noon–12:15 p.m. – Informal performance by EMU Dance majors and minors
  • 12:15–12:45 p.m. – Meet with current EMU students 
  • 12:45–1:45 p.m.– Campus mini-tour (Student Center, Halle Library, Pease Auditorium and Legacy Theatre)

Parents

  • 8 a.m. – Refreshments (Alexander Music Building lobby)
  • 8:30–9 a.m. – Welcome session (Alexander Recital Hall)
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m. – Information session with representatives from University Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing and Dining Services and Honors College
  • 10:30 a.m. – Walk to the Warner Building with a current EMU Dance student (remain in waiting area until auditions have ended)
  • 11:30–11:50 a.m. – EMU Dance Program orientation and lunch (Dance Studio)
  • Noon–12:15 p.m. – Informal performance by EMU Dance majors and minors
  • 12:15–12:45 p.m. – Parents return to waiting area
  • 12:45–1:45 p.m. – Campus mini-tour (Student Center, Halle Library, Pease Auditorium and Legacy Theatre)

In-person auditions will consist of a classical ballet barre and ballet combination, a modern dance combination and a two to three minute solo. The barre and combinations will be given by Eastern Michigan University Dance faculty. Dancers are encouraged to wear footless tights with ballet slippers to ensure an easy transition from the ballet section of the audition to the modern.

The dance solo should be choreographed by you and may be in the modern dance, ballet, jazz, or hip-hop genre. Please wear your audition attire for the performance (no costumes). Your music should be the only music selection on a CD, clearly labeled with your name and the title of your solo.

When you arrive on the EMU campus, we suggest that you park in the Alexander Parking Lot, next to the Alexander Music Building. Parking for our audition day guests is free; simply bring your parking stub to the registration table for validation. We look forward to seeing you on audition day at EMU!

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