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B.F.A. and B.A. Dance Auditions 

B.F.A. and B.A. dance applicants are required to submit an academic application prior to scheduling a dance audition. Once the academic application is submitted, applicants can schedule an audition date via Point Park University's Accept'd homepageYou will need to create an account in Accept'd in order to upload dance materials and register for an audition date. 

Artistic Audition Fee

A $115 artistic review fee is required for B.F.A. and B.A. dance applicantsFee is paid upon completion of the artistic application process via Accept'd. Payment is non-refundable. 

Requirements for Prospective B.A. in Dance Education Majors

Beginning fall 2024, Point Park is offering a B.A. in Dance Education Pre-K through 12 Certification.

Admittance into the B.A. in dance education program requires sufficient knowledge of dance as demonstrated in a dance audition OR artistic portfolio review.

Artistic Portfolio Eligibility 

  • Documentation of five or more years of professional dance teaching, choreography or dance performance experience is required.
  • An interview with the dance department faculty will be required for those who are being considered based on their artistic portfolio submission.
  • Applicants lacking professional dance experience must audition for consideration of admittance to the B.A. in dance education program. 

What to Expect on Audition Day

Print-friendly version of the Dance Audition Guidelines

  • On-campus audition day activities typically last from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Plan to spend your day on campus.
  • A confirmation email will be sent one week prior to audition day with approximate times and locations.
  • 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, faculty Q&A session for auditioning students, and a parent/student Q&A session are included with the on-campus audition day. 

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-Identifying/Non-Binary 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-Identifying/Non-Binary 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-identifying/non-binary: A black leotard tailored in a fashion appropriate to classical ballet: full-length pink or flesh-toned footed tights, and pink or flesh-toned ballet shoes with ribbons and elastics sewn. Hair should be secured in a bun or twist. 
  • Male-identifying/non-binary: A dance belt, full-length black, footed tights, a white, long or short sleeve leotard or form fitting white T-shirt, free of words, and black ballet shoes with elastics sewn. Hair should be groomed in a manner with classical ballet aesthetic. Hats, headbands, bandanas, etc., are not permitted.
  • Modern Audition: Footless tights are required.
  • Ballet Audition: Ballet slippers are required. Pink or flesh-tone tights must be worn under black leotard. Female-identifying/non-binary students auditioning for ballet are required to bring pointe shoes.
    • *Pointe (female-identifying/non-binary): The pointe segment is only required for Ballet concentrations.
      • A black leotard tailored in a fashion appropriate to classical ballet: full-length pink or flesh-toned footed tights, and pink or flesh-toned pointe shoes with ribbons and elastics sewn. Hair should be secured in a bun or twist. 
      • *The pointe segment of the audition is optional for Jazz and Modern concentrations.
  • Jazz Audition: Jazz shoes are optional.

Video Audition Requirements for Dance Applicants Unable to Attend an In-Person Audition

Prepare and record your audition according to the instruction provided in our demonstration video. Specific instructions for the required audition repertoire are presented in this demonstration video: 

  • Your audition should be filmed as four separate pieces of media: Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Improvisation.
  • Please use the provided music resource list for your audition (see below).
  • There should not be a separate "slate" video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each section of your audition. The proper slate for each section should indicate your full name and the title of the section you are performing.
  • Audition videos and materials are to be submitted via Point Park University's Acceptd page.

Music Resource List


  • Adagio: Adagio/Chopin Prelude in Db
  • Pirouette: Center Tendu/Guantanamera
  • Petit Allegro: Jeté/Drowsy Maggie
  • Echappe: Beats or Frappe/Nazareth: Sarambeque
  • Pirouette en pointe: Medium Tendu/De Falla: Danza de Gnomos
  • Tour en l'air: Grand Battement/Tango in Bb minor


  • Fly Around, Cirque du Soleil


  • Section A: Momofassa, Geoff Bennett
  • Section B: Voodoo, Geoff Bennett

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

Admittance into the Department of Dance is based on talent and potential as demonstrated in the audition. Applicants must be academically and artistically admitted into Point Park. 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, artistic results will be sent out.

Candidates will be notified by email and letter of their artistic admission and possible artistic achievement award as the academic and artistic decisions are made.

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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 Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.