How to Audition & Apply

Learn how to apply + audition

Due to COVID-19, we are re-working our audition process for the 2020-2021 academic year. Check back with us soon! 

All students are directly admitted into the B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance by prescreening and audition. You must complete an application in order to audition for IU Contemporary Dance. All application materials for the Dance major must be received at least two weeks prior to the audition date.

To apply for the B.F.A., you should submit an application to the Indiana University Admissions Office concurrently with the application to the B.F.A. program in Dance. While acceptance into the B.F.A. ultimately depends on Indiana University admission, auditions may occur while admission is still pending.

When prompted to declare a major for the General Admissions application, please enter Contemporary Dance from the list of majors. Be sure to submit the General Admissions application by November 1 for merit scholarship consideration.

If you pass the audition process and are admitted to IUB, you must complete 26 credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to be officially accepted into the B.F.A. degree program in contemporary dance.

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Three steps to the audition + application process

Due to COVID-19, we are re-working our audition process for the 2020-2021 academic year. Check back with us soon! 

To be invited to an audition day, you must first submit a prescreening audition through

Please open an Acceptd account and apply, following the instructions on Your application will include chronological list of your dance history, a personal statement, and a prescreen video.

Dance resume: Submit a chronological list of dance training and dance performances from most recent to 8th grade.

Prescreen audition: A thirty-second video clip of yourself dancing in class or in a performance. Please tag yourself if you are in a large group.

Essay Question: Please respond to the prompt provided on the Accept’d portal

Notification of audition invitation will be emailed no more than 2 weeks after the deadline dates. Applications for 2018-2019 auditions will open in August 2018.

You must complete your General Admissions application to Indiana University. In order to be considered for merit scholarships, you should submit your application by November 1.

Early application is helpful in the audition process. You can direct questions to Scott Hogsed, B.F.A. Liaison (

Due to COVID-19, we are re-working our audition process for the 2020-2021 academic year. Check back with us soon! 

What to expect during your audition:

If you have been granted an audition with the IU Contemporary Dance Program—congratulations! Be sure to follow the instructions below to assist in preparation for an excellent audition. All applicants accepted into the B.F.A. Dance major are direct admits into the College of Arts and Sciences.

  1. If you have been granted an audition you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application and your audition date.
  2. You should print and bring a copy of your confirmation email to the audition. If you have trouble printing, please request that a paper copy be printed for you.
  3. Report to room PH 161 between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for check-in on the date of your audition. A campus map will accompany your confirmation letter.
  4. You will have the opportunity to observe a contemporary dance technique class from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in PH 161.
  5. There will be a parent’s meeting at 10:15 a.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center. Parents may accompany their student to PH 161; dance faculty will then escort parents to the theatre building.
  6. Attire for the audition is black leotard and footless tights (women), black t-shirt and footless tights (men), or a black footless unitard. Ballet slippers should be worn for the ballet portion of the audition.
  7. The audition will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. with a two-hour technique class. The class will consist of ballet, contemporary dance technique, phrase work, improvisation, and non-western dance forms.
  8. Light snacks will be served from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. You will have a chance at this time to chat with current dance majors.
  9. You should then be prepared to show a 1-minute solo in the modern/contemporary dance genre. You may choreograph your own solo, or work prior to the audition with a dance professional. If you chose to use music, please have your music available to play on an iPod, cell phone, or computer. CDs are not permitted.
  10. A short concluding meeting will follow the audition.
  11. You may then elect to view repertory rehearsals from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Faculty and current dance majors will be available to answer questions at this time, giving you an informal tour.
  12. Letters indicating audition results will be sent approximately two weeks following the audition.