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Training and Preparation Requirements

Students wishing to study Dance at Colorado Mesa University must have previous dance training across multiple genres of dance.

Documentation Requirements

Completed application must be received by the Department of Theatre Arts within one week of your audition date. Application includes uploading a headshot along with a resume detailing training and performing, choreographic, and teaching experience in dance and theatre/music.

An official high school transcript is required by the Department of Theatre Arts for all incoming students. (This is in addition to one required by the CMU Admissions Office.) Transfer students must provide transcripts from all colleges attended. Bring copies with you to the morning meeting before your audition when auditioning in person. These materials will not be returned.

Audition Requirements

Auditioners for the BFA-Dance track should prepare a video that includes ballet barre, jazz across the floor or center, modern floorwork, and a short tap combination; you can also include things like hip hop or other forms of dance. If you wish to highlight other skills, solos are welcome but not required; they can be self-choreographed or choreographed by someone else. Faculty may contact you for a follow-up interview.

All applicants must participate in an advanced technique class (usually ballet and jazz). The faculty will evaluate your technique, incorporation of choreographic intent, performance vitality and potential for growth. (Dress code: form fitting attire, ballet slippers and jazz shoes recommended). Students are welcome to sit on other technique/lecture courses on their audition date with approval from faculty.

Following the technique classes, students are asked to perform a solo in the genre of your choosing. Solos should highlight your strengths and should be no longer than 3 minutes. (Bring your music on a CD or iPod/iPhone.)

Following the solo audition, students will participate in a brief interview with faculty and have the opportunity to ask questions.

After auditions, all students are invited to attend the evening’s performance.