Audition and Scholarship Information

March 2020 Update

The Dance Department will contact each person who has signed up to audition on April 18 to determine how to proceed with their audition.

We will also reach out individually to all prospective students who have contacted us expressing interest in auditioning for Brenau’s Dance Program. In the meantime, prospective students should complete the audition form (DOC) and send forms and photos to danceinfo@brenau.edu. Additionally, be prepared to audition via Zoom and/or submitting a video.

The video guidelines are as follows:

  1. Ballet Barre:
    • pliés
    • tendus from 5th position
    • dégagés
    • rond de jambes
    • frappés
    • adagio
    • grand battements
  2. Ballet Center:
    • pirouettes
    • adagio
    • petit allegro
    • grand allegro
  3. Ballet combinations:
    • Women: please include pointe work combinations in center containing relevé, échappé, and piqué turns.
    • Men: please include two turning combinations, a combination with tours en l’air, and petite allegro with beats.
  4. Jazz or Modern: a combination roughly one minute in length demonstrating turns, jumps and floor work

Admittance into the Department of Dance is based on talent and potential as demonstrated in the audition. Applicants must be admitted academically into Brenau University in addition to successfully passing the dance audition to declare a major in Dance. Applicants will receive their artistic decision within 2-3 weeks of the audition. Audition results will be communicated by email and in a formal letter to auditionees. Any talent based scholarship recommendations will be outlined in the acceptance letter.

Once admitted into the dance program, students may elect to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in dance with one of the following concentrations: ballet, modern dance, jazz/musical theatre, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, or Dance/Movement Therapy. Students may also choose to pursue a double major or dual degree in another subject but must declare dance as their primary major.

Audition and Scholarship Information

Dance-Scholarship-and-Technique-Placement-Audition-Form-2019-2020_Updated (.DOC)

All prospective dance majors must audition to be considered as a dance major and for a scholarship. The audition will be used for faculty to place students in the appropriate technique class level, to advise students in their pursuit of a dance degree, and to assess students for the possibility of being awarded a talent-based scholarship. Those being considered for scholarship will participate in a brief interview with faculty following the audition. Recipients of dance scholarships will receive a contract of expectations including the expectation to register for technique and repertoire classes every semester. Participation in faculty and guest choreography and/or as a company member of the Gainesville Ballet Company is required. Dance scholarships are part of the total aid package and will be announced by the Office of Financial Aid.

Auditions include a ballet technique class, modern dance and jazz dance center combinations, and an improvisation problem. An interview is part of the audition process. Interviews are held after the audition class. If the student is unable to attend any of the audition dates, it is possible to audition by video (email danceinfo@brenau.edu for information). However, an audition in person is preferred.

The completed Dance Scholarship and Audition Form (Document) and a full-body photo of the applicant in dance clothing performing first arabesque should be submitted prior to the audition. The photo is for the purpose of audition identification only; please do not use a performance picture in costume or make-up.

We strongly encourage you to visit the campus before making a final college decision. Schedule a tour to see the campus, visit with an Admissions Specialist, meet a dance faculty member, talk with a current dance major, and find a home for your next extraordinary experience! Contact an Admissions Specialist at admissions@brenau.edu or call 770.534.6100 or 1.800.252.5119.

For electronic submissions, please see the Electronic Submission document for more information.

 

Training for 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

 

Click HERE for a complete list of FAQs and scholarship information.

 

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General inquiries: info@brenau.edu or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100
Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.