Undergraduate Admission & Auditions

Undergraduate Admission & Auditions Photo by Nathan Sweet

Formal acceptance into the Modern Dance program (including incoming freshman majors, minors, and transfer students) is contingent upon being accepted into the University of Utah. University applications must be submitted by December 1 in order to be considered for all University wide scholarships and financial aid (for questions, contact Financial Aid at (801) 581-6211). We encourage you to check with the Admissions Office for more information about the University application process and deadlines. Call (801) 581-7281, or click here.

Apply & Audition

Apply to Audition
Pay the Application Fee
Apply for Scholarships

To apply for admission to the Modern Dance Program, please complete the Modern Dance Program’s Application for Admissions Form. Within the application, you’ll be asked which audition you’ll be attending. 

Pay a $50.00 non-refundable processing fee (required for each auditionee). 

We ask that you pre-register to audition. If space available, walk-ins are accepted with an additional $10 late fee.

If paying with a check, please make it out to: 
The University of Utah School of Dance
Please send hard copy applications and checks to: 
Attention - Glenda Staples
The University of Utah Modern Dance Program
330 South 1500 East, Rm 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

*An automatic confirmation will be sent when you have completed your Modern Dance Program’s Application for Admissions Form and the Registration Fee. 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: To apply for 2019-2020 School of Dance Scholarships for incoming and returning students, you must complete an online application: https://utah.academicworks.com/
DEADLINE: February 15th, 2019. No applications will be considered after this date. 

Audition Dates for School Year 2019-2020

Saturday, November 10, 2018 
(preregister by Friday, November 2, 2018)
9-9:30am Orientation with Program Coordinator (open to parents, families)
9:30-10:30am Parent Q&A with Program Coordinator and Current Modern Dance Students
9:30-11:45am Ballet Technique (wear ballet slippers), Contemporary Modern Technique (socks or bare feet), Improvisation
11:45am-12noon Snack Break (bring your own snack)
12noon-1:30pm Showing of Solos (1-2 minute solo of your own choreography to show, bring IPod/I-Phone/CD with your music)
1:30-1:50pm Interviews
1:50-2:20pm Showing of current repertory with current Modern Dance students (open to parents, families)

Friday, February 8, 2019 
(preregister by Friday, February 1, 2019)

10:45-11:30am Registration (main lobby)
11:30-noon Orientation with Program Head: open to parents, families (Studio 240)
Noon-1pm Parent Q&A with Program Head and Current Modern Dance Students (Theatre)
noon-2:15 Ballet Technique, Contemporary Modern Technique, Improvisation (Studio 240)
                  Ballet Barre: noon-12:30 (Studio 240)
                  Contemporary Technique: 12:30-1:45pm (Studio 240)
                  Improvisation: 1:45-2:15 (Studio 240)
2:15-2:30 Snack Break (bring your own snack)
2:30-4 Showing of Solos: 1-2 minute solo of own choreography (Studio 240)
4-4:30 Interviews with all faculty (Studio 240)
4:30-5 Showing of work: Open to parents/family (Studio 240)
5-5:30 Building tour with current students

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

All auditions take place in the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah’s campus.

Students may submit a video audition in lieu of attending a group audition. The deadline to submit a video is 2/8/19; videos submitted after this deadline will not be considered. 

Please include the following in your video audition:

  1. Short introduction of yourself. Tell us your name, where you are currently living and studying and some information about your dance background. Tell us why you are interested in studying dance in college and what interests you about our program specifically. Last, please share your longer term, dance-specific dreams. (In other words, where do you see yourself after college?)
  2. Dance a few ballet barre sequences (2 or 3 short).
  3. Dance a few modern (or contemporary modern dance) warmup sequences (non locomotive, could include a floor sequence, definitely include 2-3 standing sequences/short).
  4. Dance a few modern (or contemporary modern dance) locomotive patterns, moving through space. Make sure there's a larger "across the floor" sequence.
  5. Dance a 1-2 minute solo of your own choreography.


Once an application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please refer to the online schedule and details regarding your audition. Should you have any questions prior, feel free to contact the Director of Recruitment in Modern Dance: Molly Heller () or call the main School of Dance office (801-581-7327). You will receive an additional email only if there are schedule changes or new reminders as you get closer to your audition. Applications will be accepted the day of the audition, but with a late fee of $10.

Faculty Advisors in Modern Dance

Molly Heller – Director of Recruitment – coordinates undergraduate auditions and High School Workshop
Assistant Professor  
(801) 587-9804

Satu Hummasti – Director of Undergraduate Studies – advises current undergraduate students
Associate Professor

(801) 581-4562 

 Contact a CFA Academic Advisor at