Auditions for Dance and Theatre

  • Auditioning for Dance and Theatre Programs


    Thank you for considering the performing arts program at Dean College! Admission to the Dance or Theatre programs is based on review of academic credentials through the Dean College Application for Admission.

    Students applying to degree programs in Dance or Theatre are required to complete an on-campus audition in order to evaluate the applicant's ability to succeed within the demanding performance curriculum. Prospective students must complete their application for admission prior to participating in their audition. Students who are not accepted to a performing arts program based on their audition may be admitted to the college in another major and have the opportunity to re-audition during their freshman or sophomore year.

    Registration for the 2016-2017 year is now open!


    Saturday, January 28, 2017 (Morning Audition)
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Morning Audition)
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 (Afternoon Audition)


    Saturday, October 15, 2016 (Afternoon Audition)
    Saturday, November 12, 2016 (Morning Audition)

    Saturday, January 28, 2017 (Morning Audition)
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Morning Audition)
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 (Afternoon Audition)

    Applicants to the Palladino School of Dance 

    • The LIVE audition will be facilitated in a class setting where the applicant will demonstrate his or her ability in ballet, modern, jazz and tap.
    • The audition will typically last four hours and serves as both your acceptance audition and level placement.

    Please come to your audition with the following:
    • A headshot (snapshot quality is fine).
    • A full-length photograph of yourself in dance class attire, depicting correct placement in first arabesque (snapshot quality is fine).
    • A dance résumé detailing your study objective and last four years of dance training.

    Your hair should be worn up, off the face and secured firmly off the nape of the neck. Please dress for all four disciplines as follows:

    • ballet: black leotard, pink convertible tights, 
    pink ballet shoes. If also dancing en pointe, prepare your toes prior to class.
    • modern: black leotard, black footless tights 
    (can be worn over ballet tights), bare feet.
    • jazz: black leotard, black footless tights and jazz shoes (tight-fitting, solid-colored dance pants are allowed).
    • tap: black leotard, black tights or solid-colored dance pants, oxford tap shoes.
    • ballet: black footless or convertible tights, dance belt, white fitted T-shirt, black or white ballet shoes.
    • modern: black footless tights, dance belt, white fitted T-shirt, bare feet.
    • jazz: solid-colored dance pants (can be worn over tights), white fitted T-shirt, jazz shoes.
    • tap: solid-colored dance pants (can be worn 
    over tights), white fitted t-shirt, oxford tap shoes.

    *You will not receive your audition results on your audition day. Your evaluation will be provided to our admissions office, where it will be reviewed along with other required application materials.*

      Applicants to the Theatre Program in the Dean College School of the Arts 

      • Acting students will prepare two contrasting monologues of no more than 2 minutes each.
      • Musical Theatre students will prepare a 2 minute monologue and one musical selection showing range of no more than 2 minutes. Applicants should provide their own sheet music.
      • Design/Tech students should contact the School of the Arts at 508-541-1606 for additional information on appropriate materials for developing a portfolio for consideration.

        Upon registration, an e-mail will be sent with more details regarding your audition date.

        *Alternative Audition Options

        We recognize that it may not be possible for all students to attend an on-campus audition.  While completion of the on-campus audition is an expectation for admission to Dean's programs, if this requirement will provide a hardship for you and your family based on your distance from campus, please contact Christy Parlon to explore alternative options. 

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      • 2016-17 Performances

        • The East Oct. 12th-16th
        • Art Mosaic Oct. 21st-22nd
        • Into the Woods Nov. 16th-20th
        • New Dancers Showcase Dec. 9th-10th
        • Senior Showcase Jan. 27th-28th
        • Choreographers Concert Feb. 10th-11th
        • A Midsummer Night's Dream Feb. 22nd-26th
        • American Idiot March 29th- Apr. 2nd
        • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress Apr. 20th-23rd
        • Dance Company: Waves Apr. 20th-29th
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