The Dance Education Audition Process
All incoming students are required to audition for acceptance into the Dance Education program at the College of Fine Arts and Production.
You must provide headshots, dance résumé, goal essay, liability waiver and a dance audition application for your live audition. We will accept letters of reference that are academic or technique-focused but these are not required.
The audition class will be led by faculty and observed by a faculty panel. Students will respond to improvisational prompts and perform modern, ballet and jazz dance combinations that will be taught that day. Students should also prepare one-minute of solo choreography.
All students must complete the entire audition in order to be considered for entrance into the dance education program. This audition will also determine whether each student will be awarded a dance performance scholarship.
You must register online five days prior to each scheduled audition.
Audition Day Schedule
- 10 a.m. - Audition check-in, Saguaro Hall Lobby 103
- 10:30 a.m. - Department overview and Q&A with parents and students
- 2:30 p.m. - Auditions end. (approximate time)
Suggested Dress Code:
- Dance apparel needs to show the dancer's body alignment and form (no loose-fitting garments). Leotards and tights for ballet, jazz pants for jazz (optional), footless tights for modern.
- Ballet shoes and jazz shoes; bare feet are appropriate for modern dance.
- Hair must be secured away from the face.
Solo Audition Requirements:
- Time: 60-90 seconds
- Style: Contemporary or modern dance styles are encouraged but choice is up to the individual.
- Music: While music is optional, recorded music must be on CD or iPod, with only solo music recorded.
- Choreography: For freshman students, choreography by the student is preferred but not required. Transfer students are required to show their own choreography.
- Artistic Integrity: Emphasis is placed upon clarity of intent and performance qualities including focus and clarity of movement.
Goal Essay Requirements:
Students auditioning for the B.A. Dance Education major must submit a writing sample the day of the audition. The essay needs to be two pages maximum, double-spaced, have one inch margins and be in 12 point Arial font.
Please respond to all of the following questions:
- What has brought you to dance?
- Why have you chosen to pursue a degree in Dance Education?
- Describe your academic, artistic and professional goals. How will attending Grand Canyon University prepare you to meet those goals?
- What role does dance play in an educational or cultural context?
- Describe interests, skills and talents you have outside of dance that you will use to impact your experience in GCU's Dance Program.
DVD Submittal Procedures
Out-of-region, out-of-state and international students may apply for admission and performance scholarships by sending a DVD, along with a program application, headshot, resume and two letters of recommendation. The dance faculty will either inform students of the results or request an audition at a later time.