Audition Process and Tips
The Butler dance audition day is designed to give dance
applicants the opportunity to be evaluated in the most
comprehensive manner as is possible. The day also provides
information on admissions, degree plans, departmental policies and
financial aid, and includes tours of the dance department and
campus. The audition day begins in Lilly Hall with an 8:00 a.m.
check-in. Following remarks from the Jordan College of the Arts
associate dean and the Department chair, auditioners participate in
their first ballet class. This class, for applicants only, is
adjudicated by the entire full-time dance faculty. In the afternoon
the auditioners participate in their second ballet class. These
afternoon classes give the auditioners the opportunity to dance
alongside current Butler dance majors. The women are divided among
ballet Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the men take the Men's Ballet
class. Afternoon levels will be determined by a lottery method as
part of the check-in process. Audition classes are taught by
current full-time dance faculty and are not en pointe.
Female dancers should wear a black, solid color leotard with
pink tights, wear flat ballet shoes and hair away from the face.
Male dancers should wear black tights, a fitted shirt of solid
color and ballet shoes.
The audition day begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00
All applicants who audition for the dance program are held to
the same standard of excellence independent of his or her chosen
degree plan. All applicants are required to audition in person on
one of the official audition dates listed on the application.
Digital auditions are accepted only from candidates living outside
the contiguous 48 states.
A talent award is recommended and determined by the dance
faculty and is based on the applicant's performance during the
audition process. It is important to dress appropriately for an
audition and dance your very best during both classes. The dance
faculty considers your presentation of technique, approach to the
audition materials, aptitude and potential. Apply and audition
early for best opportunity.