Admission to the Dance Program is by audition. Students interested in studying dance must first submit a University Admissions Application to the JMU Office of Admissions.

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Audition Sign-ups

While you do not need to have applied to the university prior to scheduling an appointment you MUST have applied to the university by the appropriate deadlines listed, AND before attending the audition.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Registration for online auditions will become available during the summer. Once you have registered for your audition, please submit your supplemental materials via Slideroom. Your Slideroom application should be submitted at least five days prior to your on-campus audition.

Dance Audition Information

An audition is required only if you intend to be a Dance Major at JMU.

Dance minors do not audition.

A JMU Admission Application should be submitted before auditioning.  Each candidate should select DANCE as their major area of interest.  In addition, you will need to register for an audition and submit a Slideroom application. By filling out the online form, you will secure your spot for an audition on a specific date.  If you need to switch your audition date, you can do so online or we can assist at 540-568-7138.  You will be sent a confirmation email, and you will receive notification of your specific audition time prior to your audition. 

You will also need to submit supplemental materials and complete an application via Slideroom.  These are the materials that will be collected on the Slideroom website:

  1.   At least two letters of recommendation addressing your involvement and commitment to dance.
  2.   A one page typed personal statement about dance.
  3.   A resume and a current photograph (black and white or color).
  4.   An unofficial High School transcript.

You should submit your Slideroom application at least five days prior to your audition.  

Notification of Acceptance

Prospective students who have auditioned will be notified of their acceptance to the Dance Major when they are notified of their acceptance to JMU via MyMadison. Dance Majors will be encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to this intense course of study by making it their first-major if they plan to double major.

Students who do not receive acceptance to the Dance Major but who do receive admission to JMU can re-audition for the Dance Major during their first year during the scheduled prospective student auditions. These students can also contact the Dance Program Coordinator at the beginning of their fall freshman semester to discuss the possibility of adding dance courses to their schedule depending upon availability of classes.

What to Expect on Your Audition Day

The auditions are held in the Estes Center portion of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, located at the corner of Main Street and Warsaw Avenue.  Please park in the Warsaw Avenue Parking Deck which is located behind the Forbes Center.  As you enter the Forbes Center, please check in at our reception table which will be located in The Interlude Lobby located by the Forbes Center Box Office. The audition schedules are as follows:

9:00 am - Arrival at the Forbes Center for check-in; warm-up and a continental breakfast for prospective students and their families in The Interlude Lobby/Rooms 1298 and 1299

9:30-11:00 am - Audition Class in Room 1299

11:15-12:15 pm - Informational Meeting for prospective students and their families/guardians/friends in EC 1270

12:30-on - Individual Interviews for prospective students with dance faculty members in their offices located on the second floor. Prospective students may leave after their individual interviews.

Tours of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts and the Wayland Residence Hall, The Arts Living-Learning Community, will be scheduled throughout each audition day. 

The Audition Class will consist of:

  • A ballet barre in ballet shoes
  • Contemporary modern center and across-the-floor combinations in bare feet
  • A directed improvisation                                          

The auditions are held during JMU Dance Program Concert weekends.  Prospective students are invited to attend these evening concerts and will be offered complimentary tickets.  Please let us know how many tickets you will need before the audition. Contact the School Office at 540-568-6342 or email theatredance@jmu.edu . 

Contemp Ensemble: Richard Finkelstein

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