Auditions for Dance and Theatre

  • Auditioning for Dance and Theatre Programs


    Thank you for considering the performing arts programs at Dean College! Admission to the Dance or Theatre programs is based on the review the applicant's of academic credentials through the Dean College Online Application for Admission as well as a by means of a required audition in person.

    The Dean College audition days are designed to give applicants the opportunity to be evaluated in a comprehensive manner, while also getting more familiar with the Dean campus as well as some of our faculty, and to obtain more information regarding the admissions process, degree tracks, departmental policies and more.

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

    All Fall 2017, Dance and Theatre Live Auditions have concluded. If you are interested in video auditioning for either of our programs for fall admission please contact our Admissions Office at (508) 541-1508.

    Applicants for the Palladino School of Dance 

    • In the live audition you will demonstrate your proficiency in ballet, modern, jazz and tap in a classroom setting. You need not prepare a solo.
    • All applicants are required to audition in person on one of the official dates.*
    • All those auditioning for admission to the School of Dance are held to the same standard of excellence, independent of his or her chosen degree plan. 
    • Facilitated and adjudicated by the School of Dance faculty, this audition for the admission to the School of Dance will typically last around three to fours hours. 

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

    Your hair should be worn up, off the face, secured firmly (preferably in a  ballet bun) 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 (NOT required), please prepare your toes prior to class and have your pointe shoes at the ready.
    • 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. The Dance Faculty will provide your evaluation 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, based on your distance from campus, imposes a hardship on 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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