Undergraduate Admissions - Dance

Admission Requirements

All students intending to major in Dance must meet the Jacksonville University requirements for admissions and must complete an official application with the University's Admissions office. Additionally, students applying for admission into either the BA or BFA degree in Dance must gain admission into the chosen degree program through a live audition process.

Only under special circumstances (such as international students) may students audition through a recorded process. Both methods should be registered through the Office of Admissions.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: All prospective dance majors are required to audition during one of Jacksonville University's scheduled audition days. Built into the scheduled events is a review evaluated by two or three of our current faculty.

The audition will consist of a short ballet barre, ballet center combination, a modern technique section and an improvisation exercise to show creative and analytical skills. Following the audition certain dancers may be asked for a short individual interview with evaluating faculty. Attire for this audition should be neat, clean, and allow for clear observation. Hair should be secured off the face and no large jewelry

We are strongly committed to making the degree accessible and affordable. Estimates of annual expenses and payment options are available from the admissions office. Scholarship recommendations will be made to Financial Aid and awards will be offered upon acceptance 
into the dance program.

Submit Audition Video or Link to Kyrstin Creswell, Admissions Coordinator; cpeters12@ju.edu.

Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Brian Palmer, and I am Chair of the Department of Dance at Jacksonville University in the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts.

I am coming to you in this video to offer you our plan for our electronic auditions for the beginning of our audition cycle. This will be a way for us to continue the audition process, that will not be face to face, but allow us to be able to take a look at you, make some assessments and then continue the conversation towards application, admittance and acceptance into the dance program.

First thing we want to make sure you are doing is communicating clearly with Jacksonville University’s office of admissions. The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts has a liaison in the Office of Admissions named Kyrstin Creswell. She will be working with you on your application and acceptance to the university.

Next would be an electronic submission of your technical proficiency. We want to get to know you through your dancing. You can choose the platform for which you would like to submit the recording; Vimeo, DropBox, YouTube, etc. as link to Ms. Creswell. In the video we would like for you to include a ballet barre that includes; plies, tendus, degages, rond de jambe, adagio and grand battement. In your adagio you can include steps such as fondu, developee for extension and releve to show strength. Let us see position. While we don’t need to see a full barre with both sides we do want to be able to view a few angles and your ability to dance freely. We also ask to see the full view of the body with hair secured back.

We would also like for you to replicate our pre-recorded contemporary combination and include in the video for us to see how you handle learning material as well as handling contemporary work.

We are looking forward to getting to know you through your dancing. Please return the link of your video with the dance audition form to Kyrstin Creswell in the Office of Admissions. Should you have any dance specific questions she can also connect you to the Dance faculty. Thank you and see you soon.

Dance Combination for Electronic Audition

Video content: Professor Yidi Lin dances to instrumental music.

Audition Dates

The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts welcomes all applicants to audition for programs in Dance, Music, Music Theatre or Theatre, or to submit a portfolio for review for programs in Media Arts and Visual Arts.  An audition or portfolio review is required of all prospective students to the College.  Please note that you must apply to Jacksonville University before submitting your audition or portfolio review.  

Auditions and portfolio reviews for Fall 2021 admission will be conducted electronically for review in four cycles. To ensure full consideration, be sure your materials are submitted on or before the deadline for your chosen admission cycle: 

November 6, 2020 - February 5, 2021 - March 6, 2021 - April 2, 2021

In addition to the electronic audition cycles, in-person, on-campus auditions will be held for Dance, Music, Music Theatre and Theatre on the following dates:  

March 6, 2021 - April 2, 2021

The Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts welcomes all applicants interested in Dance to audition. During the process, you will have the opportunity to showcase your talents and to experience firsthand our performance and art facilities.

Please note that you must apply to Jacksonville University before attending an audition or portfolio review, and that you must be accepted to the university before you can be accepted into the Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts.

These events are designed to give prospective freshmen students the opportunity to:

  • Tour our beautiful riverfront campus
  • Meet LBSCFA faculty and professors 
  • Talk with current JU students
  • Have your questions answered at a panel Q & A

If participating in a Master class by a JU faculty member outside of Jacksonville, please confirm that it can be counted as an ‘in person’ audition and accompanies the required completed audition form.

International Applicants

The undergraduate program strongly encourages applications from the international dance community. Since 1964, JU has developed artistic exchanges of choreographers, students and teachers with 61 countries around the world. We value the contributions that can be made to the program by students from countries outside the U.S. Students whose native language is not English.

  • Must provide a completed Report on Proficiency in English form
  • Submit results of the TOEFL, if taken (JU recommends that the TOEFL be taken, but it is not required.)

Fees & Financial Aid

We are strongly committed to making the degree accessible and affordable. Estimates of annual expenses and payment options are available from the admissions office.

The program offers artist scholarships, loans and possible on-campus employment. The artist fellowship is based both on merit and need. The fellowships, which range from full to partial tuition, are awarded each year to incoming students.

Entering students must apply for the artist scholarship at the same time that they apply for admission. 

Student loans are not available to international students.

All candidates applying for a fellowship/financial aid must complete the FAFSA form. The recommended date of completion is February 1.​

How, When & Where

Electronic Audition & Review for All Programs 


In-Person Audition for Dance, Music, Music Theatre and Theatre 


Check-in for in-person auditions will be at Swisher Theater.