School of Theatre & Dance

Dance Program Placement Auditions


AUGUST 21, 2014 (Enrolled Fall 2014 USF students only)

NOVEMBER 14, 2014

FEBRUARY 13, 2015

MARCH 27, 2015

To attend an audition, please complete the Dance Audition Application Form.This form helps the USF dance faculty get a clear idea of your background including training and performance experiences as well as your future goals within the dance field. Audition Forms should be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the audition. If you have questions about this form, please email Sadie Lehmker at or call 813-974-3867 for assistance.

Please note: Due to early deadlines for out of state financial aid, we suggest that out of state prospective majors audition in November.

Directions to USF and the Dance Department can be found on the Contact Us page.

For more information on auditions, please contact Sadie Lehmker,, 813-974-3867.

Video Audition Information

If you are unable to attend one of the above audition dates, please submit the Dance Audition Application Form and send video audition to:

Sadie Lehmker
USF School of Theatre and Dance
4202 E. Fowler Ave., FAD 204
Tampa, FL 33620.

Click Here for list of Video Audition Requirements.

Audition Information
USF Dance Program Auditions: New Dance Majors / Dance Minors *

This placement audition is part of a process to help students learn about our programs and the choices we offer in studying dance as a focus of the college experience. We want to learn about your abilities as a dancer in order to provide the best starting place within our program and to help guarantee your continuing success in dance. We encourage you to take this opportunity to discover the potential of your professional career beginning at USF.

  • This audition is designed for students who intend to major / minor in Dance at the University of South Florida. (Note: Students not choosing to major or minor in dance but who have an interest in an assessment of technique placement in order to take a specific course will be auditioned at the first class meeting of each semester or at the August Audition on the Thursday prior to start of Fall Semester. All currently enrolled students will receive placement recommendations at the end of each semester from USF faculty based on individual progress in each course.)
  • Students will be required to audition in both Ballet and Modern Dance techniques in classes taught by USF Dance Faculty. A solo of 90 seconds or less is also required of all prospective dance majors. The solo may be student choreography or part of a work choreographed by someone else.

  • Students should be prepared with appropriate dancewear (tights / leotards) and footwear for both Ballet (ballet slippers) and Modern Dance (bare feet). In selective instances some students may be asked to participate in pointe work during a section of the ballet placement class. (Note: Pointe work is not required as part of the audition process.)

  • In order to assess both technical ability and learning styles, each 1-hour audition class will be structured as a condensed version of our typical majors level classes, which are scheduled for 1 hour and 50 minutes during the academic year. (All dance majors are required to take both Ballet and Modern Dance throughout their program of study at USF.)

  • USF dance technique classes are sequential over the academic year. Students who enter during the Spring Semester (January) will be recommended for placement according to the ongoing level of progress within the course.

  • Once the student has enrolled for courses, the faculty within the Dance Program has the opportunity to recommend a change in course level during the first week of classes in order to provide the student with the most appropriate level of entry into our technique curricula.

  • The faculty in the Dance Program place great value on each student’s individual potential in dance as well as in academic success. Please be reminded that acceptance to the Dance Program is contingent upon acceptance by the University of South Florida.

Spring and Fall Audition Schedule

Registration in FAD Lobby

8:00 am

Welcome Meeting with Faculty

9:00-10:00 am

Warm Up

10:00-10:30 am

Technique #1

10:30-11:30 am

Technique #2

11:45 am-12:45 pm

Lunch Break

1:00-2:00 pm



Dance Performance**


* Auditioning students may be split into 2 groups. 1st group will take Ballet while 2nd group takes Modern and then groups will switch.

** Attendance to the Dance Performance is optional but strongly recommended. The January Dance Performance will be held in studio at 7:00pm. There will be no Performance at the August Audition.

August Audition Schedule


8:30 am

Modern Class

10:00 am

Ballet Class

11:00 am

This audition is an abbreviated version of our normal audition and is only offered for students who have missed the previous audition dates and are attending the upcoming Fall semester.

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