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FAQs - Dance

Frequently asked questions about the dance department and audition process

  1. How many people audition and are accepted into the dance program each year?
  2. How long is the audition class?
  3. What should I prepare for my audition?
  4. How should I dress for my audition?
  5. What is the difference between on-campus and off-campus auditions?
  6. If I choose to attend an off-campus audition instead of an on-campus one, will that affect my chances for getting accepted?
  7. Are letters of recommendation required?
  8. How long will it take before I hear about my audition results?
  9. Can I get feedback from my audition?
  10. Are students eligible to re-audition for the dance department?
  11. Can dance students begin in the spring semester?
  12. Can I double major or declare a minor?
  13. How much dance training should a prospective student have prior to attending Point Park?
  14. What is the average size of dance classes at Point Park?
  15. Can I take dance classes in other areas that are not in my concentration?
  16. When am I eligible to audition for dance productions?
  17. Does the Conservatory offer talent awards?
  18. How does Point Park help graduating seniors with career employment?

How many people audition and are accepted into the dance program each year?

The number of students auditioning fluctuates each year, but traditionally, the dance department will audition approximately 1,000 students for 75 spaces for all three concentrations.

How long is the audition class? 

The audition lasts approximately 3½ hours, but students are asked to report an hour early for registration. 

What should I prepare for my audition?

Please refer to Dance Audition Guidelines.

How should I dress for my audition?

Please refer to Dance Audition Guidelines.

What is the difference between on-campus and off-campus auditions?

On-campus auditions give you an opportunity to see the University and facilities, as well as attend an informational session and a presentation by the Financial Aid Office.

If I choose to attend an off-campus audition instead of an on-campus one, will that affect my chances for getting accepted?

No, both auditions carry the same weight.

Are letters of recommendation required?

No, letters of recommendation are not required for acceptance into the Conservatory of Performing Arts programs. If you would like to submit a letter of recommendation, please bring it with you on the day of your audition.

How long will it take before I hear about my audition results?

In order for the Conservatory of Performing Arts to send a letter regarding your audition/interview decision, candidates must have received notification of their academic acceptance from the Office of Admissions. These decisions are made, sent and received separately. Candidates that have been academically accepted and audition/interview during the fall semester (Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, or Dec. 15) will be reviewed in December and can expect to receive a letter regarding their audition/interview decision by the end of December. Candidates that have been academically accepted and audition during the spring semester (Jan. 19, Feb. 23, March 23 or the Unified Auditions), will be reviewed in March and can expect to receive a letter regarding their audition/interview decision by the end of the March.

We are not permitted to disclose audition results over the phone or by email.

Can I get feedback from my audition?

Due to the volume of students who audition each year for the Conservatory programs, it is impossible to provide feedback on individual audition results.

Are students eligible to re-audition for the dance department?

Yes, students may audition once per year with a maximum of two auditions for the program.

Can dance students begin in the spring semester?

Yes, the department of dance accepts students in the fall and spring semesters.

Can I double major or declare a minor?

Yes, students are able to double major in any offered program, except theatre, upon completion of their freshman year. Transfer students can declare a double major after the completion of one semester. Minors are available in any of the programs offered by the University. Students interested in a minor in one of the other Conservatory programs must complete an audition during the second semester of their sophomore year.

How much dance training should a prospective student have prior to attending Point Park?

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.

What is the average size of dance classes at Point Park?

The average ratio for most dance classes is 20:1.

Can I take dance classes in other areas that are not in my concentration?

Yes. Point Park holds approximately 100 dance classes per week. The University has a very diverse program that offers numerous levels of ballet, jazz, and modern classes. The most popular reason students enroll at Point Park University is because you can declare a concentration in one area and still take classes in the others.

When am I eligible to audition for dance productions?

Students can begin auditioning in their freshman year.

Does the Conservatory offer talent awards?

Yes, the Conservatory offers two types of awards: scholarships and apprenticeships. Talent awards are offered based on the student's performance during the audition process. A talent apprenticeship offered to a student based on his or her audition is a job-related award. The student will be expected to work a set number of hours per week in exchange for a monthly stipend. For more information on awards, refer to Scholarships and Apprenticeships.

How does Point Park help graduating seniors with career employment?

In addition to faculty mentoring, the department of dance holds a Senior Showcase for graduating students. Select artistic directors, choreographers and agents will travel to Pittsburgh to attend a performance featuring our senior dance majors. They will also teach technique classes and repertoire as part of the audition process.