Tips/Former Experiences on auditioning & making the cut in a college dance program (preferably the U of M)?

Question by agkit9: Tips/Former Experiences on auditioning & making the cut in a college dance program (preferably the U of M)?
Please just give me all the information you can!!! I would appericate anything specifically about the University of Minnesota’s dance program in recent years!

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Answer by mintchip49
I am not all that familiar with that program, however their website says “Auditions consist of a technique class in modern, African diasporic movement, jazz and ballet, a short student solo and an interview.” According to the website acceptance rate is 1 in 4 so the odds aren’t too bad if you are a decent dancer. My advice is always the same. Dance as cleanly and as strong as possible. Teachers look for clean technique over “tricks”. If you can always land a double pirouette in ballet and sometimes a triple, go for the double. Dress professionally which means black camisole leotard, pink convertible tights and hair in a neat tight bun with tons of hairspray. No jewelery, nail polish or extra cutesy dance cloths. Be aware of your spacing at the barre and in the center. Nothing looks worse than a dancer that has no idea how to space themselves and crowds other dancers. At the end, thank the dance mistress/master as well as the accompanist. A simple smile and thank you will do. Make sure you have someone help with your solo piece. Perhaps your dance teacher. Go to see a performance at the school so you can see the level of dancers and if it is a good fit for you. Good luck!

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  1. drip says:

    You should go to U of M yourself. Meet with the head of the dance department and watch a ballet class. If you can watch a performance.

    Auditions are going to depend on the competition. How many and how good the dancers are who are auditioning with you.

    Remember you are always “on”. Teachers are always watching during an audition. so if you are out on the floor or waiting your turn, act professional, act as if every eye is on you.
    they are going to be looking at your technique and how fast you pick up choreography.