Dance Audition Requirements for 2020-2021 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

Terrell Davis and Rachel Oliver-Young

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November 1, 2019 – January 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
6:00 pm
Concert Hall

DSA does not have a shadow program.  Instead, we have 5 Preview Mornings.  Preview is from 7:40 am – 9:30 am.  It is for both parents and students.  Everyone will spend the first half of the time in one large group hearing from the DSA principal.  After the large group session, students and parents will receive a tour of the school from a DSA parent who is in the same major you’re interested in auditioning for.

To sign up for a Preview Morning, click HERE

February 17
Saturday, February 18
Sunday, February 19 – call backs

If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Burkett ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.


The Master Class Audition

Friday February 15th
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Masterclass #1 – entering 6th grade

Saturday, February 16th
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Masterclass #2 – entering 6th grade
10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Masterclass #3 – entering 7th/8th grade
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Masterclass #4 – entering 9 – 12th grade

For your audition, you will participate in a dance masterclass involving ballet, modern, jazz, and some improvisation. No solo dances are performed during the masterclass portion of the audition.

You will begin with ballet. We strongly suggest to come dressed and ready for the ballet portion of the audition. We will give you 10 minutes to change for the other dance styles portion of the audition.

The audition BEGINS at the times listed. You must be checked in, properly dressed and warmed up – ready to dance – at the time stated above.

The Call Back Audition
The call back list will be posted on the DSA dance website by 7:00 pm Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Sunday, February 17th
9:00 am – 11:45 am-  call back group #1 – Students entering grades 6 & 7
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm- call back group #2 – Students entering grades 8 – 12

If you are called back on Sunday, February 17th, you will be asked to perform a solo piece in a style of dance that speaks to your artistic ability as a dancer.  Any kind of dance is fine – as long as it speaks to your strength.

  • This piece may not exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • Students will need to supply their own recorded music provided on CD, iphone/ipad.
  • No in-person accompanist.
  • Your music can contain lyrics as long as the song is appropriate, clean, and contain no bleeps.
  • Studio routines are acceptable if you don’t want to choreograph your own.
  • You will also be asked a short series of questions at the beginning of your solo.

What Are We Looking for?
At Denver School of the Arts Classical and Contemporary Pre-Professional Dance Program we are here to teach – prior training is certainly valued, but we are first and foremost evaluating your potential and passion for dance. Denver School of the Arts Dance is also looking for students who express a passion for dance as an art form and not dance for competition. Denver School of the Arts Dance wants dance to be your passion and the most exciting and fun part of your day. During your audition, we will be looking for students who:

  • Physically and verbally express their passion for the art of dance
  • Show a strong desire to work diligently on technique
  • Display a willingness to accept discipline and/or positive correction
  • Exhibit flexibility, a natural sense of movement, musicality, an innate ability to follow directions
  • Maintain a positive attitude at all times and the physique & stamina appropriate for rigorous dance

What to bring/how to prepare
Students auditioning for the dance department MUST be prepared with the following:

  • Girls:  pink or black tights, black leotard, and ballet shoes
    • black tights and a leotard of your choice for modern
  • Boys:  black tights, white tank top and ballet shoes for ballet
    • black tights and a leotard of your choice for modern/Jazz
      • (You will be given 10 minutes to change from your ballet clothes to your modern clothes. The ballet portion of the audition will be first)
  • Have hair pulled back, away from face in a tight bun
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Groomed appearance is important
  • No gum please

The following materials are required when you report for your initial masterclass:

  • One letter of recommendation that speaks to your work ethic, dedication to the art form of dance, your artistic discipline, your overall level of passion for dance, and information that speaks to the whole student. The letter must not be from a family member.
  • A resume with the following sections
      • (note: some students may not be able to provide information in all sections and that is acceptable)
      • (resume should not exceed one page – front side only)

Vital Information (name, address, phone number, grade level, email)
Dance Education/Training (including your current school and studio)
Performance Experience
Summer Intensive Experience
Choreographic Experience
Awards and Honor
An 8×10 head shot
A completed health survey

Have a Successful Audition
Show us you mean business – arrive early, prepared to dance, and with all required materials. Stay focused.  Late arrivals, applicants who are not dressed as directed or whom do not have all required materials, as described above, will not be allowed to audition. We do not permit late or alternate auditions. If you attend Day 1 master classes but miss Day 2 call back auditions, you will no longer be able to continue with the admissions process.  Due to the high number of dance applicants, dance auditions cannot be rescheduled. You must participate in all days of the dance auditions for which you are required/selected.

Parents in the auditions

Parents are not allowed to observe the auditions. We encourage you to bring a book and wait in the Commons for your student.

Last and most important: Have Fun!!