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Dance Application

Dance Program Mission Statement

UWSP's dance program aspires to create a dynamic culture in which students are inspired to achieve full physical expression, technical and stylistic range, and anatomical efficiency. We are dedicated to artistic experimentation and contemporary inquiry that is culturally relevant and historically grounded, preparing students to communicate, contribute and lead as global citizen artists.

2014 Audition Dates

  • Friday, February 7, 2014
  • Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Friday, February 21, 2014

All dance program auditions are held in the Noel Fine Arts Center, Dance Center Studios.

Detailed application information and materials are available at the links above.

Auditions, Scholarships and Application

All students interested in being accepted into the dance major or minor programs are required to complete an on-campus audition and interview. Auditions will be held on February 8, 14, and 21, 2014 for acceptance into the program fall 2014.

All required application materials must be postmarked no later than February 3, 2014, or hand delivered to the Theatre & Dance Office, 161 Noel Fine Arts Center, by 4:30 p.m. that day. The dance program offers three scholarships based on ability and potential in dance to qualified high school seniors accepted into the dance major program. Additional scholarships are available for returning students. Detailed information and application materials are available online: www.uwsp.edu/theatre-dance.

The dance faculty considers the following elements of your application and audition:

  • In your written application - your ability to clearly and completely communicate your ideas and goals;
  • During your audition - your ability to engage with new ideas and information, your capacity to embody the material presented both, physically and intellectually, and your knowledge of and ability in at least 2 of the 4 techniques offered at UWSP (ballet, modern, jazz and tap);
  • In your prepared solo - your ability to communicate through movement; and
  • During your interview - your ability to articulate your reasons for studying dance at the university level.

Technical Proficiency and Course Placement

Students who wish to be accepted into the dance major program are required to have proficiency in two of these four areas: ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. For the minor program, proficiency in one of these areas is required.

Students in our program develop the ability to work as a part of an ensemble, the ability to work openly and honestly with other dancers, and the ability to be flexible in the artistic process with choreographers, directors, rehearsal assistants and peers. Therefore, we do begin all new students in our 100-level technique courses.

Prepared Solo

As part of the audition, you are required to perform a one-minute solo that highlights your performance skills. You or someone else may choreograph this solo. The solo may be excerpted and the music cut from an existing longer work, or you may prepare a solo that is intended as a one-minute dance. You should provide any sound accompaniment in CD or iPod format. Please prepare to stay within the one-minute time limit.

Letters of Recommendation

Your application should include two letters of recommendation (signed and dated) from individuals able to assess your abilities. We accept email letters of recommendation (mail to: dance@uwsp.edu). One letter should be written by an academic teacher or advisor who is able comment on your ability to be successful in university-level academic coursework; the second letter should be written by a primary dance teacher who is able to comment on your ability and potential to be successful in a university-level dance program.

Students must be accepted to UWSP prior to the dance audition dates in February. There are a few seats available each semester for non-dance majors and minors in introductory level classes. Higher-level courses are not available to non-majors or minors.

Audition Schedule, February 7, 14, 21, 2014

All Dance program auditions are held in the Noel Fine Arts Center dance studios, located in the NE corner of the first floor. (Final schedule to be determined by number of applicants.)

  • 9:45-10:00 AM    Faculty & dance audition candidate introductions
  • 10:00-11:30 AM  Ballet class
  • 11:30-12:00 PM  Modern combinations
  • 12:00-1:00 PM    Jazz and Tap Combinations
  • 1:30-2:00 PM      Break/Lunch
  • 2:00-3:30 PM      Major candidates' prepared solos & interviews with dance faculty. Minor candidates' prepared solos & interviedw with dance faculty.
  • 3:30-3:45 PM      Wrap-up session

All students will be notified regarding their dance program admission status within three weeks following the February 26th audition.

During your visit to UWSP

During the audition day, your family and guests have the opportunity to talk with current UWSP dance majors and to tour our facilities. We encourage you to stay and attend an evening performance of one of our department productions or college events. Detailed information about College of Fine Arts & Communication performance and events calendar and lodging are available on our Web site: www.uwsp.edu/theatre-dance.