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Dance Audition

Dance Program Audition Procedures
Loyola Marymount University
Dance Program: Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

The Dance Faculty at Loyola Marymount University considers auditioning an essential process. The prospective students come to know the people and program at LMU and the staff becomes acquainted with prospective students. We welcome students who aspire to become professional dancers and who come to us with finely tuned talents. We offer challenging pre-professional preparation for these students. We also welcome students who find dance to be an essential part of their being; students who dance because they “must” but who aspire to become lawyers, teachers, physicians, etc. Dance majors at LMU dance at carefully screened and appropriate technical levels with students of similar ability. In other courses such as Dance History or Fundamentals of Dance Composition, students work side by side with students of a variety of backgrounds and training. Our process of auditioning grows out of this commitment to a diverse but focused student community.

Audition Information & Requirements

Auditions and Interviews are individually scheduled. To Schedule auditions/interviews, please contact:

Carol Jones
Senior Administrative Coordinator
E-mail: dance@lmu.edu

1.) Audition DVD (Required)

Each prospective student MUST submit a DVD of his/her work. This is required even if the student has come for an in-person dance screening audition. Please clearly mark student’s name on the DVD. Group work and performance footage is accepted in addition to the requirements listed below. Please be sure that the prospective student is identified/ identifiable so the viewer can recognize the student.

DVD Requirements:

**If student has studied a dance form less than two years, that dance form may be omitted from DVD, but a note to that effect should be attached to the DVD.


Barre Work:

  • Plie, Tendu, Developpe, Grand Battement

 Center Work:

  • Adagio, Petite Allegro, Grand Allegro (including En de Hors/ En de Dans)


  • Classical/contemporary variation or pointe work
  • Ballet work should demonstrate line, alignment, use of arms, legs and feet, coordination

Jazz/ Contemporary

Technique Progressions (right and left sides):

  • Chaine turns, Pirouettes, Battements, Extensions, Leaps
  • A combination of movement illustrating style and highlighting personal performance qualities.

Modern Dance

  • A phrase of movement displaying fundamentals of modern technique. Use of space, balance, stability on and off center, use of the floor, musicality and connection of limbs to core.

Hip Hop/ Tap/ Choreography (Optional)

  • These styles are optional.

2.) Interview (Required)

Each prospective student MUST participate in an in-person interview on the day he/she auditions. In the event that a prospective student is unable to attend an in-person dance screening audition, a phone interview can be scheduled.

3.) In-Person Audition (Strongly Recommended)

All prospective dance majors are encouraged to come to campus for a live screening audition. Each student takes two to three dance technique classes (ballet, jazz, modern) with current LMU students estimated to be at the same ability level. In this way, faculty will assess each prospective student’s technical level and prospective students get to know current students and faculty.

4.) Resume or Summary of Study (Required)

Each prospective student MUST submit a formal resume OR a brief Summary of Dance Study:

1.) Styles of dance studied
2.) Where/ how long study was undertaken

5.) Goals Statement (Required)

Each prospective student MUST provide a brief Goals Statement. Write in narrative or bulleted points:

1.) Career Goals
2.) Where you feel you want/need to grow and develop as a dancer (performer, choreographer, teacher, etc.)
3.) Life Goals

6.) Dance Program Audition Form (Required):

Every prospective student MUST complete the Dance Audition Form
Please Send Audition and Information Form, DVD, Resume, and Goals Statement (CLEARLY marked with student’s name) to:

Carol Jones
LMU Dance Program
1 LMU Dr., BURNS 240
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Please Note: Please be aware that documents sent to Undergraduate Admission are separate from those sent to the Dance Program. Be sure to send each office the correct paperwork. Submissions to the Dance Program, including audition DVDs, will not be returned. Please be sure to have and retain appropriate copies before submission.

Thank you for your interest in the LMU Dance Program!