Audition Information

Ballet Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Music (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Ballet Pre-screening:

Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in Ballet must submit a pre-screen video recording online to the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions. This video recording must be submitted no later than December 1, 2018. Video recordings will be reviewed by the Ballet Department faculty the week after the deadline. We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that videos arriving after the December 1st deadline will be evaluated by the committee or considered for advancement in the admission process. It is in your best interest to produce your video recording well in advance of the deadline to prevent illness or injury from delaying your submission.

Please make every effort to produce a video recording that is of high quality and no more than 10 minutes in length. 


Dress Code:

Female applicants must wear pointe shoes for the duration of the video, leotard and pink tights – NO SKIRTS PLEASE!

Male applicants should wear a fitted t-shirt and tights.


At the Barre: Developpes on one side and Grand Battements on the other. No additional barre exercises are needed.

In the Centre:  Adagio both sides (showing 1st arabesque), Pirouettes both sides, Small Jumps, Petit Allegro and Grand Allegro.


All video recordings must be submitted online. For detailed instructions click here.


IF YOUR PRE-SCREEN IS ACCEPTED, you will choose from one of the following three audition dates:

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday, February 1. 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019


A ballet audition consists of taking an entire class in ballet technique; females are required to take the entire class on pointe. On audition day, prospective students are required to submit a resume and two 8x10 photos: one in 'first arabesque' and one headshot. Female auditioners should wear a leotard and pink tights and male auditioners should wear a fitted t-shirt and tights. Prepared solo variations are not required. A special information session will be offered for ballet applicants after their audition events end at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the Musical Arts Center.


Ad hoc auditions (live auditions apart from the scheduled audition dates) can be arranged subject to prior approval. Please address all requests for ad hoc auditions to the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department . Ad hoc auditions may only be arranged once you have submitted the required Indiana University Jacobs School of Music application and have submitted all of the required application materials by the deadline. Please note that Ad Hoc Auditions can only be arranged during the spring semester.

Recorded auditions are not recommended and will be accepted only when it is not possible to arrange a live audition. Please contact the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department for all recorded audition queries If permission is granted for a video audition, you will be required to present Barre and Centre work (all on pointe for females) plus a classical variation of your own choice. The total length of the recorded audition should be approximately 20 minutes.  Recorded auditions which do not adhere to these rules will not be considered.

Please note that all recorded audition applications must be submitted online to the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions. The Ballet Department is unable to accept any recorded auditions sent directly to them.