Only students who have submitted a complete application and have met the minimum requirements will be granted an audition for admission to the ChiArts Dance Department. Please visit the application pages for more information.

Students of all abilities may audition for admission into the dance program. ChiArts recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had high levels of prior dance instruction, as well as students who have had little to no prior training but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.

In order to place the students in the appropriate audition session, applicants must complete the arts experience section on the admission application that describes any prior artistic training or experience. It is important for students to be thorough and accurate when submitting this information. Students will be considered in one of the following groups based on their level of experience:

  • DANCE-ADVANCED (Two or more years of recent formal ballet training)
  • DANCE-NOVICE (Less than two years of formal ballet training, or little to no formal training in any dance form)

Required audition preparation:

  • Students are required to prepare a one-minute solo in any style of their choice; students must bring music for the solo on CD, MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet. All solos will be timed.
  • Auditions will also include time for the adjudicators to ask the students questions.

Audition dress requirements:

  • All: No jewelry or baggy clothes. Hair should be pulled back off the face.
  • Dance-Advanced clothing options include: leotard, tights, dance attire, tights or fitted shorts, fitted T-shirts, form-fitting exercise clothes. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes, Pointe shoes, or bare feet (no socks). No baggy clothes or jewelry.
  • Dance-Novice clothing options include: Fitted shorts, fitted T-shirts, form-fitting exercise clothes. Jazz shoes or bare feet (no socks). No baggy clothes or jewelry. (Dancewear is optional.)