Undergraduate Admission & Auditions

Undergraduate Admission & Auditions Photo by Nathan Sweet

Thank you for your interest in our program. 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.

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. Due to safety precautions surrounding the corona virus pandemic, all auditions for Fall 2021 acceptance will be virtual. You will notice that you will be asked to select an audition date from the dropdown menu in the Modern Program Application form. On these dates a Zoom conference call will be held for all of those auditioning with the faculty.

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


You may pay by credit card or check. If paying with a check, please make it out to: 
The University of Utah School of Dance and mail it to:

The University of Utah Modern Dance Program
Attention – William Maguire
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 paid the Registration Fee. 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: To apply for 2021-2022 School of Dance Scholarships for incoming and returning students, you must complete an online application: https://utah.academicworks.com/
DEADLINE: February 19, 2021. No applications will be considered after this date. 

Audition Dates for School Year 2021-2022

The Audition dates, via zoom, are scheduled for November 14, 2020 for admission and scholarship consideration, and February 19, 2021 for admission consideration only.

The Process
After you submit your application and pay the application fee for the School of Dance (separate from the University Common Application process) your information will automatically be forwarded to Brent Schneider, Recruitment Director for the Modern Dance Program in the School of Dance. You will then receive an email with links to two videos of our faculty teaching phrases for the audition. You will be asked to video yourselves dancing the phrases taught, then post them to a server (YouTube, Vimeo, your own web site,etc. NOT to facebook or similar social media platforms. The video can be captured by a phone and need not be professionally shot. It can also be captured in any space you have available to dance in: your home, yard, a studio at your disposal, or the like.

In addition to the phrases you will be taught, we ask that you post a video of a self-choreographed solo, one-two minutes in duration. We ask to see your solo so we can see you dancing something with which you will already be familiar. More information and specifics will be included in the email you receive.

You will then virtually attend a Zoom meeting with the faculty on the audition date you select.

Please email Brent Schneider, Recruitment Director for the Modern program with any questions you may have: 
Thank you for your interest in our programs!

Faculty Advisors in Modern Dance

Brent Schneider – Director of Recruitment – coordinates undergraduate auditions and High School Workshop
(801) 587-9804

Satu Hummasti – Director of Undergraduate Studies – advises current undergraduate students
Associate Professor
(801) 581-4562