Do I need to audition for acceptance into the Dance Program?

All prospective dance majors must attend a Dance Scholarship and Technique Placement Audition before enrolling as a dance major. 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.

At the time of the sophomore review, students will be encouraged to continue in the major or pursue other opportunities depending on the student’s progress at the time of the review.

Can I get a dance scholarship?

Students entering as dance majors will be considered for a talent-based scholarship when they attend a Dance Scholarship and Technique Placement Audition. Those being considered for scholarship will participate in a brief interview with faculty following the audition. Auditions are held three times a year. Please check the dance website by clicking here or email danceinfo@brenau.edu  for dates. Students receiving dance scholarships will receive a contract of expectations including the expectation to register for technique and repertory classes every semester and participation in faculty and guest choreography and/or participation as a company member of the Gainesville Ballet Company.  Dance scholarships are part of the total aid package offered by the university Office of Financial Aid.

How do I know what level dance classes I will enroll in?

Students intending to major in dance are required to attend a Dance Scholarship and Technique Placement Audition prior to enrolling in dance courses. The purpose of the audition for technique placement is to make sure students take the dance classes that will benefit them the most. Anyone may register for basic dance classes at the 100 level. Faculty placement and permission of the department is required for any courses above the 100 level and will require students to take a placement class before registering. 

How much dance experience should I have before auditioning?

Most dancers arrive at an intermediate level in concert dance forms with an understanding of ballet terminology, body positions, dance class progression, and the stylistic differences between ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Students with little or no dance training in concert dance may enter Brenau University in the Department of Dance; however, all students are required to attend a Dance Scholarship and Technique Placement audition before enrolling as a dance major. From the audition, students will be placed according to their technique level and advised about the dance major on an individual basis.

How should I dress for a scholarship audition or placement class?

Women should wear pink tights and a black leotard.  Men should wear black tights, dance belt and a white, form fitting shirt. Bring ballet slippers, pointe shoes (if you have previous experience in pointe work) and jazz oxfords or dance sneakers.  Hair should be neatly fastened away from the face.  Tights should be footless or convertible so that you can also dance barefoot. No large or dangling jewelry should be worn; watches and bracelets should be removed, and rings that protrude should be taken off. Do not wear baggy, torn, dirty, or stained clothing. Be neat and professional in your dress.

What should I expect at a scholarship audition or placement class?

Dancers should arrive at LEAST twenty minutes prior to the audition to check in and prepare their bodies.  The class/audition will be a ballet barre followed by ballet centre. If you are currently dancing en pointe, please bring your pointe shoes. It is okay if you are not en pointe. After the pointe, you will dance barefoot for a modern combination and then finish the dance portion with a jazz combination (jazz oxfords or dance sneakers are recommended).

Following the dance section, you will have an interview with a faculty member.

What dance techniques does Brenau Dance offer?

Brenau Dance Program is based in Western concert dance training. We offer several levels of ballet, modern and jazz dance technique. Two levels of tap dance are offered during various semesters. We also sponsor master classes in other forms of dance including hip-hop and various world dance offerings.

 Will I have a chance to perform at Brenau?

The Dance Program produces two to three full concerts and an informal showcase each year. Evening of Dance and the Senior Thesis concerts are student choreographed. The student choreographers invite dancers and hold open auditions for all dancers enrolled in dance technique classes. The faculty choreographers choose selected dancers to perform in the Faculty Concert. The showcase concert is a performance by the students enrolled in the Dance Composition I class. Students who are at an advanced level of ballet may be invited to join the Gainesville Ballet Company. This independent company is housed at Brenau and produces an annual Nutcracker in December and an annual spring performance.

What are Brenau dance graduates doing?

Brenau dance majors are involved in many areas of the dance world. Brenau alumni are or have performed with Dallas Black Dance Theater, Disney World, Sesame Street (national tour), Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, True Blood, Brookes & Company, Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, Sideways Dance Theater and Dallas Black Dance Theater II. Some alumni own successful dance studios, and others have gone on to be artistic directors and associate artistic directors of studios. Alumna Brooke Denoes opened the American Academy of Dance in Paris with the help of an Annenburg grant. Several alumni have attended graduate schools receiving M.F.A. degrees in dance. Alumna Madia Cooper was an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University and is currently serving as a Chair of the Department of Dance and Assistant Professor of Dance at Brenau.