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Dance Audition Guidelines

What to Expect on Audition Day

  • On-campus audition day activities typically last from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plan to spend your day on campus.
  • The audition is a class setting in which applicants demonstrate their ability in ballet, jazz and modern dance.
  • Solo variations are not accepted.
  • Parents are NOT permitted to observe the audition class.
  • A campus tour and a financial aid seminar are included as part of the on-campus audition activities.
  • A detailed itinerary with approximate times and locations will be mailed to you prior to your audition date (If you register for an audition date less than a month in advance, your itinerary will be sent to the email address listed on your registration form).

What to Bring to Your Audition

  • Performance / training resume
  • Headshot (should not exceed 8x10 in size)
  • Full-body photograph (see requirements below)

Do NOT send these materials prior to your audition. All materials submitted to Point Park University are NON-RETURNABLE.

Photograph Requirements

  • Female Candidates:
    • Photographs should be taken in first arabesque position.
    • Candidates interested in the ballet concentration should be on pointe.
    • Candidates interested in the jazz or modern concentrations should be on relevé.
    • Long hair should be secured in a bun.
    • Candidates should be dressed in a leotard and tights.
    • Photographs should not exceed 8x10 in size.
  • Male Candidates:
    • Photographs should be taken in first arabesque position.
    • Candidates should be dressed in full-length black tights, white shirt and black shoes.
    • Photographs should not exceed 8x10 in size.

Audition Attire

  • Female: Black leotard and pink tights.
  • Male: Black tights and a white T-shirt.
  • Modern Audition: Footless tights are required.
  • Ballet Audition: Ballet slippers are required. Female students auditioning for ballet are required to bring pointe shoes.
  • Jazz Audition: Jazz shoes are optional.

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Training Prior to the Audition

Dancers should currently be training at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of three years and must have a working knowledge and understanding of the following principals:

  • Proper placement
  • Coordination and épaulement
  • Weight shifting
  • Adaptability
  • Musicality

Applicants should be proficient in their chosen concentration and have working knowledge in the other two areas.

Audition Decisions

Acceptance into the Department of Dance is based on talent and potential as demonstrated in the audition. Applicants must be artistically accepted into the dance program AND academically accepted into the University. Applicants WILL NOT receive their artistic decision until they have received an academic decision from the Office of Admissions. Once the academic decision has been processed, the artistic result will be released and mailed to the applicant four to six weeks after their audition. We are not permitted to disclose audition results over the phone or by email.

If you have already auditioned and have not received your academic admissions decision, please check your PointWeb Account to see what application items are still needed for an admissions decision to be made.

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Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions, please read our frequently asked questions or contact the Conservatory of Performing Arts at (412) 392-3451 or via e-mail at conservatory@pointpark.edu. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST.