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Dance Audition Requirements

In-Person Auditions

Applicants to the Dance Division will participate in two technique classes: one ballet and one modern. (Pointe is not required.) Following the classes, each student will be asked to present a solo of 90 seconds in length. The solo may be a repertory piece or original choreography. It is preferable, although not required, that solo pieces be ballet or modern. Applicants must provide the accompaniment for solos. CDs and mp3 players are acceptable. An interview with the dance faculty is also required.

Applicants should wear the following attire for their audition:

  • Women: Solid-colored unitard or leotard with pink tights, pink ballet slippers and pointe shoes, if applicable. Hair must be neatly and securely tied back.
  • Men: Solid-colored unitard or white T-shirt, black or gray tights, ballet slippers.
  • Modern work will be presented barefoot.

Recorded Auditions

Live auditions are strongly encouraged and preferred by the faculty.  But, if there are extenuating circumstances, we will accept recorded auditions and they will be considered carefully by the audition panel. The requirements for recorded auditions are below:

  • Ballet: Barre and center work including adagio, turns, petit and grand allegro. If applicable, please include pointe work (echappés, relèvé passés, pirouettes en dehors and en dedans).
  • Modern: Floor work, combinations, and progressions across the floor including jumps and falls.
  • Solos: The solo should not be longer than 90 seconds and may be a repertory piece or original choreography. It is preferable, although not required, that solo pieces be ballet or modern.
  • The recording should include a brief oral statement by the applicant stating the following:
    • 1. Name
    • 2. Where he/she is from
    • 3. Goals in dance
    • 4. Why he/she would like to come to The Boston Conservatory

Incomplete recorded auditions will NOT be considered for admission.

Our preferred method for receiving your recording is online, using DecisionDesk. You will need to register and pay a $10 fee to submit your materials. We receive them instantly.The due date is January 15. 

  • Applicants submitting video should be sure the recordings are appropriately lit and are in focus.
  • Applicants who choose to submit a recorded audition should make every effort to have the best possible recording made of their audition performance.  (Recorded auditions that are of poor quality often result in a student being denied admission.)
  • Applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves and provide any information they would like to convey to the faculty.

Details on recorded auditions can be found here.

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