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

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. 

APPLY ONLINE TO AUDITION FOR THE MODERN DANCE PROGRAM

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.

PAY $50 AUDITION APPLICATION 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 between July 1, 2018 and February 15, 2019: https://utah.academicworks.com/. AFTER FEBRUARY 15, 2019, NO MORE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.  A 500-word scholarship essay will be required for all incoming and returning students in both Ballet and Modern Dance in which you should describe why the School of Dance best suits your dance aspirations. If you are a returning student, describe your accomplishments so far in the School of Dance as well as your contributions to the School.   

The School of Dance (Ballet and Modern Dance Programs) offers partial tuition awards on the basis of merit. Please also apply for all University scholarships, financial aid and work-study. This process includes completing your online FASFA. For all incoming University of Utah students, the deadline for University application and consideration for University-level scholarships is December 1, 2018.

Audition Dates for School Year 2019-2020

Saturday, November 10, 2018 
(preregister by Friday, November 2, 2018)
8:30-9am
Registration
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)
10:30-11:30am
Optional Tour of Current Technique Classes
11-11:30am Registration
11:40-12noon Orientation with Program Coordinator (open to parents, families)
12-1pm Parent Q&A with Program Coordinator and Current Modern Dance Students
12-2:15pm Ballet Technique (wear ballet slippers), Contemporary Modern Technique (socks or bare feet), Improvisation
2:15-2:30pm Snack Break (bring your own snack)
2:30-4pm Showing of Solos (1-2 minute solo of your own choreography to show, bring iPod/Iphone/CD with your music)
4-4:20pm Interviews
4:30-5pm Showing of current repertory with current Modern Dance students (open to parents, families)

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. 

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (FOR OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS ONLY)
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

 

Kate Wolsey - Academic Advisor