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Dance Performance

Program Requirements

Students seeking admission to the School of Theatre and Dance begin by applying for admission to the University, using the regular admissions procedure. When you fill out your admission application form, you will also select a date for a Dance Program audition, portfolio review or interview. More information about this process is outlined below. (If you later need to change your selected date, please contact the Head of the Dance Program, Sara Semonis, at ssemoni@ilstu.edu.)

2017-2018 Dance Program auditions on the Illinois State University campus:
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018 (not for scholarship consideration)

2018 Dance Program audition in Chicago, Illinois:
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1 p.m.
Dovetail Studios
2853 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL

Dance Performance and Dance Teacher Education majors participate in the same audition.  

Audition Schedule

  • Audition Check-in: Center for Performing Arts Lobby
  • Turn in photo and receive audition number - Photo in first arabesque 
  • Sign up for solo/interview time
  • 90-minute technique class (ballet, modern & jazz components) – Centennial East 116
  • Individual solo/interview with Illinois State Dance Program Faculty – Centennial East 116

Audition Preparation

All prospective Dance Performance or Dance Teacher Education students should prepare a solo dance or variation in the genre of their choice.

  • Solos: 2-3 minutes in length and can feature the choreography of the applicant or another choreographer.
  • Dancers should bring a device if they wish to use musical accompaniment. Please have a CD as a backup recording.
  • Each student should wear professional, fitted dance attire with footless tights or leggings.
  • Students should bring ballet and jazz shoes and will also dance barefoot.

Electronic Audition

If you cannot attend one of the on campus auditions you may upload your audition electronically via Acceptd. A Skype or phone interview will also be required if uploading electronically. The submission must include the following:

  • ballet barre
  • Center pirouette combination
  • a turning and leaping phrase across the floor
  • a two to three minute solo

Electronic Submission Guidelines

Prospective students submitting electronic auditions must follow these guidelines:

  • Dancers must wear the same dance attire throughout the video
  • Dancers must record the audition material on the same day in the same space
  • Send link to video with resume and photo in first arabesque in email attachment to:
    • Sara Semonis, Head of the Dance Program, at ssemoni@ilstu.edu
    • Video audition submissions must be received by March 15 for scholarship consideration

Deadlines and Review Dates

Students are accepted into the Dance major within the School of Theatre and Dance on a rolling basis, contingent on admission by Illinois State University. Normally students are notified within two weeks whether or not they have passed their audition or portfolio review.

Dance Audition dates for Fall 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Saturday, January 20, 2018 (Dovetail Studios, Chicago)
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018 (not for scholarship consideration)

School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.

Minimum GPA Requirement


Average Admitted Student Profile

2.53 - 3.32

Required Courses


Recommended Courses


Additional Information

Sequence requires an audition.

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