Audition and Scholarship Information

2021-2022 Audition Season Information

We intend to hold live, in-person auditions for the 2021-22 audition season. Our first audition will take place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Brenau’s East Campus location, 1001 Chestnut St. Gainesville, GA 30501. While we intend to hold in-person auditions, be aware that there may be a need to switch to a virtual format. We will communicate this with you at least 2 weeks prior to the audition if the need arises to shift to a virtual format.Prior to attending the audition, all dancers will need to complete the AUDITION AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (PDF). Please complete this form and return as soon as you are able but no later than 3 days prior to the audition date.

What to Wear

  • For all Dance Forms: Solid color leotard, pink or skin tone tights, footwear appropriate for form (ballet: pink or skin tone ballet slipper, jazz-jazz shoes; modern: barefoot or socks). Those intending to audition for the Gainesville Ballet and/or the Ballet Concentration should also bring pointe shoes.
  • Men: Form-fitting shirt without logos, black tights or leggings, black, white, or skin tone ballet slippers
  • For jazz and modern: shorts or form-fitting pants may be worn
  • Hair should be in a low or high bun for women, or if the hair is too short, pulled back and out of the face. Hair should be completely secured using hairspray, hairpins, etc. No jewelry should be worn.

Where to be located if audition must move to virtual format

Please be sure to place yourself in a space large enough that your entire body can be seen in the camera view. You should be lit appropriately from the front. If we cannot see your whole body or if you are not lit well enough, we will not be able to give you an audition result.

Audition application must be submitted prior to the audition. Please download the Application (PDF).

To register for the audition and for additional questions, please email danceinfo@brenau.edu attaching a 1st arabesque photo, dance shot of your choosing (this can be any live action shot you would like, but should only be you in the shot) in addition to the audition and scholarship application found at the link above. Please also include any links to supporting material.

Supporting Material: Although not required, you are welcome to submit supporting documents, videos, or other media which may highlight your talents in dance, academics, or community engagement activities. Supporting materials could but are not limited to: video of your original choreography, variations or other solos you have danced within the last 2 years, letters of support recommendation, essays, resume, etc.

We will email all applicants a few days prior to the audition letting you know your interview time slot.

Please email danceinfo@brenau.edu with any questions!

If 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.

Additional Audition and Scholarship Information

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 the 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 Counselor, meet a dance faculty member, talk with a current dance major, and find a home for your next extraordinary experience! Contact an Admissions Counselor at admissions@brenau.edu or call 770.534.6100 or 1.800.252.5119.

For electronic submissions, please see the Video Submission Instructions 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 principles:

  • Proper placement
  • Coordination and épaulement
  • Weight shifting
  • Adaptability
  • Musicality

 

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

 

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