Dance Audition Requirements for 2021-2022 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 2, 2020 – January 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

PREAUDITION MEETING – virtual for 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
6:00 pm
link to be place here on meeting day

Because of Covid19, DSA will not have any in-person tours or Preview Mornings for the 20/21 school year.  A full Preview Morning video can be found here.



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.

These are from LAST YEAR.

These will be updated during the fall of 2020

Our arts teachers are currently working on how they will complete online auditions in Jan/Feb 2021.
As soon as each major decides how this will be accomplished, it will be placed here.


The master class audition
For your audition, you will participate in a dance masterclass involving both ballet and modern technique. 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 modern 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 8:30 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

If you are called back, 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.

Who will judge the auditions?
The dance auditions will be seen by a panel of 4-6 judges including both Dance Directors: Rachel Oliver-Young and Terrell Davis. The other judges are all professional dance educators and Guest Artists at Denver School of the Arts.

What are we looking for?
At Denver School of the Arts 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 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 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
      • (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 Honors
An 8×10 head shot
A completed health survey (click here)

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.