Coronavirus Important Updates

Dance Audition Information

Seton Hill University's Department of Dance is scheduling in-person auditions by appointment and also accepting video auditions. Please see the dance audition requirements listed below. Please schedule your audition or upload your virtual audition materials through the online Dance Audition Request Form.

Please contact the Dance Department Coordinator, TaMara Swank, at swank@setonhill.edu if you have any questions about the audition process.

Applicants wishing to compete for Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships should complete the process prior to February 24. 

Online Audition Process

Dancers who wish to submit an audition online should prepare a 60-90 second dance piece in ballet, modern, jazz or contemporary. Dancers should demonstrate technique to their highest level through defined and expressive movement. Dancers should wear form-fitting dance attire commonly used in technique class.

Video & Submission Requirements 

  • Please try to capture the highest quality video possible. Be sure to record in a well-lit area with your entire body in the frame. 
  • Please introduce yourself and share the name of the choreographer and restate your name before ending the video.

  • The video must be saved as a YouTube link, marked as Unlisted, and uploaded to the Seton Hill audition form where you should also upload your headshot and resume.
 
  • You will be contacted by the dance program coordinator to schedule a virtual interview via Zoom.


In-Person Audition 

Dancers should complete the Dance Audition Request form. The program coordinator will work with the visiting dancer to schedule an individual audition and interview appointment. During the in-person audition, dancers will be provided with a ballet and jazz or modern combination. Dancers who have developed skills beyond the introductory level in tap should prepare a 60-second audition combination. Dancers are also permitted to present a 90-second solo combination in any preferred style. Dancers should wear form-fitting dance attire commonly used in technique class.

Notification of audition results will be emailed to the auditioning dancer within approximately two weeks of the audition.

In-Person Audition Dates

  • November 20
  • December 11
  • January 22
  • February 12
  • Friday, February 25
  • March 19
  • April 2

Class Placement 

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 courses in any or all styles may still be admitted into the dance major. In these cases, students will be required to complete Level I courses before proceeding in the curriculum. Additional coursework is required depending on the student's chosen track of study: performance, pedagogy, choreography or pre-dance/movement therapy.

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, fill out our online Request for Information form. You may also call us any time at (724) 838-4281 or (800) 826-6234, or send an email to admit@setonhill.edu.