Audition Information

Ballet Requirements

(prescreen and audition required)

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

 

Prescreen

Ballet applicants must submit a prescreening video recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Prescreen requirements:
  • 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.
  • Content: (please note, video recording should not exceed 10 minutes)
    • 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.
  • Prescreen Results:   Faculty review prescreens the week after the deadline. Prescreen decisions are sent via email.

Audition

If your prescreen is accepted, you will be scheduled for one of the following audition dates:

  • Fri. January 17, 2020
  • Fri. February 7, 2020
  • Fri. March 6, 2020

*Date preferences can be selected in the JSoM Supplemental Application.

What to expect at your audition:
  • The ballet audition consists of taking an entire class in ballet technique. Note: females are required to take the entire class on pointe.
  • Applicants must bring a resume and two 8x10 photos: one in 'first arabesque' and one headshot.
  • Dress code: 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 for ballet applicants is offered after the audition around 11:00am. Parents and family are also welcome to attend this event!

Special circumstances:

  • If you are unable to make one of the audition dates, ad hoc auditions can be arranged subject to prior approval.
    • To request an ad hoc audition, email ballet@iu.edu.
    • Ad hoc auditions can only be arranged during the spring semester.
    • Both the IU application and the JSoM Supplemental application must be complete and submitted before an adhoc audition can be scheduled.
  • Recorded auditions are not recommended and will be accepted only when it is not possible to arrange a live audition. To inquire about a recorded audition, email ballet@iu.edu.
    • If permission is granted for a video audition, your video requirements are as follows:
      • Barre and Centre work (all on pointe for females)
      • A classical variation of your choice
      • Note, the total length of the recorded audition should be approximately 20 minutes. 
    • Video recorded auditions must be submitted via the JSoM Supplemental Application.