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Applying & Auditioning to the Butler Dance Program

JCA Dance Audition

Application Process

As an incoming first-year applicant when applying to the Jordan College of the Arts, students are required to submit the following materials:

  • Academic Application to Butler University indicating Dance as the major*
  • All Checklist items, including supplemental dance questions and photo 
  • Select and register for an Audition Date (See dates below)
  • High School Transcript
  • College Transcript (Transfers Only)
  • Writing Sample
  • ACT/SAT Scores

*Common Application Accepted—Dance must be the primary major listed


Important Application Deadlines

November 1 Early Action

February 1 Regular Decision

To access the application for admission, please follow this link.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance may come from several different sources. Merit scholarships and Jordan College of the Arts Awards are offered to student who demonstrate a strong record of academic excellence in high school or display promise in the performing arts. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website to learn more about financial aid options.

Dance Audition Information

2018–2019 Audition Dates 

  • October 19, 2018 
  • October 26, 2018 
  • November 2, 2018
  • November 16, 2018
  • January 5, 2019 (San Francisco) - tentative date  
  • January 6, 2019 (Los Angeles) - tentative date
  • ​January 12, 2019 (Baltimore) - tentative date
  • January 18, 2019
  • February 1, 2019
  • February 15, 2019
  • March 1, 2019

You will receive an email confirmation of your selected date.  If you do not receive this within 24 hours of registration, please contact Amy Barnes in the JCA Admission office at 317-940-9656 or More about these dates and the audition experience can be found in the sections below.

There is a maximum enrollment of 35 prospective students per audition date. All auditions competed by March 2 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts Awards. All auditions must be on-campus or at one of the three regional audition locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Baltimore.

International students: Electronic auditions are accepted if you live outside the 48 contiguous states. If applying for this method of audition, complete this form.


For questions or additional information, contact Amy Barnes, Associate Director of Recruitment, Jordan College of the Arts at 317-940-9656 or

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 AM 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 randomly assigned to ballet Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 and the men take the Men's Ballet class.  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 AM and concludes at 5:00 PM

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.

Jordan College of the Arts Awards

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.

Regional Auditions for Butler Dance

Butler will be offering regional auditions for admission into the Butler Dance program. One ballet technique class will serve as the audition. 

Dates - these are not yet confirmed, please check back in early August for confirmed dates

San Francisco - January 5, 2019

Los Angeles - January 6, 2019

Baltimore - January 12, 2019


How to participate

High School Seniors

These auditions are for admission to Butler's department of dance. They are talent award eligible.

  1. Submit the Application for Admission & Scholarships and make certain to list Dance as your intended major. Applying by the university Early Action deadline of November 1 will provide the best opportunity for admission and scholarship.
  2. Subsequently submit all Checklist items as soon as possible after submission of the Application for Admission & Scholarships. This should be done online, following the prompts you will receive.
  3. Your request for a regional audition spot will then be confirmed via email.
  4. You must be offered admission to the university AND have a successful Dance audition to become a Dance major at Butler.

High School Juniors

This is your chance to experience a Butler dance class as you consider where to apply next year.

  1. High school juniors may register to participate here. Please register by December 1. 
  2. Requests to take the class will be confirmed via email.


Women should wear a black leotard and pink tights with hair pulled away from the face, flat shoes. Men should wear black tights with a fitted shirt and ballet shoes.