Admission Requirements


Interview & Audition

In addition to the University's requirements for admission, all dance majors must successfully complete an interview and audition with members of the dance faculty to be admitted into the Theatre & Dance Program. This process also makes students eligible to compete for merit-based dance scholarships.

How should I prepare for my interview and audition?

The interview is an opportunity for the faculty to meet you and learn about your past experiences in dance, your future aspirations, and your expectations for your university education and training. We strive to make this process as comfortable as possible so we can see you at your best. Be prepared to be yourself and be honest and open about your future goals.

The audition requires each student to demonstrate her/his level of proficiency in ballet, jazz, modern and tap:

  • Ballet & Jazz - All dancers should be prepared to learn and perform combinations in both ballet and jazz during the audition.
  • Modern & Tap - Dancers who have developed skills beyond the introductory level in modern and/or tap should prepare a one-minute audition piece for each style. Please bring your own player for your music selections.

The audition for the program also serves as your class placement assessment. All dance majors must complete secondary level courses in ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Students who demonstrate in the audition that they are not yet prepared to enter level II classes in any or all styles may still be admitted into the dance major. In these cases, students will be required to complete introductory courses before proceeding in the curriculum.

The entire process - the interview and audition - lasts about one hour. The program director will usually notify you of the results of your interview and audition within two weeks. If you cannot come to campus in person, you can furnish a VHS videotape or DVD of your audition. You may be granted conditional acceptance until your audition and interview are completed, no later than the first week of your first semester at Seton Hill University.

How Do I Schedule my Dance Interview and Audition?

Once a student has applied and been accepted by the University, an audition should be scheduled online or through the Admissions Office.

Applicants wishing to compete for merit-based scholarships should complete the process prior to February 25.

2015 - 2016 Audition Days:

  • November 14, 2015
  • January 23, 2016
  • February 20, 2016
  • March 19, 2016
  • April 2, 2016

Alternate audition and portfolio review dates are available upon request.