School of Theatre & Dance
Dance at USF

Dance Program Placement Auditions


THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016 (Only for students already accepted to USF for Fall 2016 )





*The August and March audition dates are not during one of our performance weekends

To attend an audition, please complete the Dance Audition Application Form.This form gives the USF dance faculty a clear idea of your background including training and performance experiences as well as your future goals within the dance field.

Each audition has a cap of 50 prospective students. The audition date will be closed once the cap is reached.

Prospective students who have secured an audition slot will receive a confirmation email from the department. You are NOT registered for and cannot attend the audition unless you receive an email from the USF Dance Department confirming your audition. Please have the confirmation email available for reference.

If you have questions about this form, please 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 October or November.

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

For more information on auditions, please contact the Dance Department at 813-974-3867.

Video Audition Information (Not recommended for local dancers)

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

Tina Tidwell
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. To declare the dance major/minor at USF, the prospective student must place into Level 1 in both Ballet and Modern Dance techniques. (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 should attend the August audition. All currently enrolled USF students who are re-auditioning for the major/minor may do so on the specified audition dates only.)
  • Prospective majors/minors 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. Due to the volume of students auditioning, only prospective majors are to show a solo. Prospective minors do not need to perform a solo.

  • Students should be prepared with appropriate dancewear and footwear for both Ballet (black leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers) and Modern Dance (you may add tight-fitting dancewear on top of your tights and leotard, bare feet). 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.

Please Note:
The faculty in the Dance Program place great value on each student’s individual potential in dance as well as in academic success.Admission to the University of South Florida is becoming even more competitive! Please submit your application to the University as soon as possible. Acceptance as a USF Dance Major is contingent upon both the acceptance by the University of South Florida and by the Dance Department through the audition process.

Spring and Fall Audition Schedule

Registration in FAD Lobby

8:00 am

Welcome Meeting with Faculty

9:00 am- 10:00 am

Warm Up

10:00 am- 10:30 am

Technique #1

10:30 am- 11:30 am

Technique #2

11:45 am- 12:45 pm

In Studio Showing by Dance Majors

Lunch Break

12:45 pm- 1:00 pm

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm


2:00 pm- 5:00pm

Dance Performance*


*Attendance to the Dance Performance is optional but strongly recommended. There will be no performance at the August or March Audition.

August Audition Schedule


8:30 am

Technique #1

10:00 am

Technique #2

11:00 am

This audition is an abbreviated version of our normal audition and is only offered for current USF students who are attending the upcoming Fall 2016 semester.

For more information on auditions, please contact the Dance Office at 813-974-3867

Current USF Students: Non- majors can re-audition for the major at the August and November auditions. Pre-majors can re-audition at the August, November or March auditions. For more information on the current USF student policies for auditioning, please email the department.  

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