»BA in Dance

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BA in Dance degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish. Be sure to visit all five (5) sections below for pertinent application and audition information.

+-Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded through The Common Application and SlideRoom (Portfolio) by the given deadlines.  Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.  Please refer to the application checklist for more information on specified Admission deadline(s).

AUDITION DEADLINES (in-person & audition upload):

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action
    • Audition In-Person Deadline: Saturday, October 31, 2015
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission
    • Audition In-Person Deadline: Saturday, February 20, 2016
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission
    • Audition In-Person Deadline: Saturday, February 20, 2016
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Saturday, February 27, 2016

* The Portfolio must be submitted online by 11:59pm on the appropriate deadline.

COMMON APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action Date (non-binding): Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

+-Common Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Dance program.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

  • $65 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver request (First Year & Transfer)
  • Official test results (SAT or ACT plus Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT (First Year & Transfer)*
  • Common App School Report form (First Year applicants only)
  • Official Transcript(s) from all attended institutions (First Year & Transfer)*
  • One Teacher Evaluation (First Year applicants only)
  • One Academic Evaluation (Transfer applicants only)
    • *Test scores are waived for Transfer applicants with 24+ completed semester units.  The final high school transcript is waived for Transfer applicants with 60+ semester units.
  • In your Common Application:
    • Indicate your intended major: Bachelor of Arts in Dance
    • Answer “yes” to “Do you intend to submit a Portfolio” on Chapman University’s questions. This will activate the “Portfolio” tab in your Common App, where you will be provided a link to SlideRoom.  Once you have activated your SlideRoom account, please complete and submit all required Portfolio materials through SlideRoom.  NOTE: Whether auditioning/interviewing in person, or uploading your audition/materials online, SlideRoom is required.

+-Additional Major Requirements via SlideRoom (Portfolio)

All students applying to the Department of Dance (Audition In-Person and Audition Upload) must complete the Portfolio via SlideRoom as part of the Common Application.  Your Portfolio submission fee ($10) can be paid online via SlideRoom when you are ready to submit your materials.

The following items must be submitted via SlideRoom to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Dance program:

  • PORTFOLIO (audition in-person)
    • Schedule your In-Person Audition - BA in Dance applicants should refer to the audition requirements listed in the Schedule an Audition / Dates & Requirements tab.
    • Dance Resume - This should include your training, teachers, performance and choreographic experience. Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done. You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received.
    • Letter of Recommendation - The letter should come from your most recent dance instructor or a professional with whom you have worked. By using the reference tab, please invite this teacher or professional to submit a letter of recommendation for you. Your recommender will receive an email prompting him or her to upload their recommendation into SlideRoom.  This letter is confidential and you will not have access to view your recommender's submission.  Please remember the letter of recommendation uploaded in SlideRoom is specifically for the Department of Dance.  This is a separate recommendation from those required by the Office of Admission.
    • Photograph - Please upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you - professional headshots are not required.  SlideRoom accepts many different image file formats.
  • PORTFOLIO (audition upload)
    • Audition - BA in Dance applicants who choose to submit an uploaded audition video should refer to the audition requirements listed in the Schedule an Audition / Dates & Requirements tab.
      • Uploaded videos should include an introduction, a brief discussion of your performing experience, and answer the question, "Why do you want to attend Chapman?"
    • Dance Resume - This should include your training, teachers, performance and choreographic experience. Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done. You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received.
    • Letter of Recommendation - The letter should come from your most recent dance instructor or a professional with whom you have worked. By using the reference tab, please invite this teacher or professional to submit a letter of recommendation for you. Your recommender will receive an email prompting him or her to upload their recommendation into SlideRoom. This letter is confidential and you will not have access to view your recommender's submission. Please remember the letter of recommendation uploaded in SlideRoom is specifically for the Department of Dance.  This is a separate recommendation from those required by the Office of Admission.
    • Photograph - Please upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you - professional headshots are not required.  SlideRoom accepts many different image file formats.

NOTE: If you plan on attending an in-person audition, it is highly recommended that you submit your Common Application prior to your scheduled audition.  In order to be reviewed for admission, your Common Application and SlideRoom (Portfolio) must be submitted prior to the respective deadlines.

+-Schedule an Audition / Dates & Requirements

SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON AUDITION:

Applicants are encouraged to audition/interview in-person whenever possible.

AUDITION DATES:

  • Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 (last First Year Early Action audition date)
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • Monday, January 18, 2016
  • Saturday, February 13, 2016
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 (last First Year & Transfer audition date)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Your audition for the department will consist of a dance solo performance and a brief, informal interview. Prepare a two (2) to four (4) minute dance solo demonstrating your dance technique and artistry.  It may be choreographed by you or for you (please be sure to credit the choreographer).  If you have skills in more than one dance form (jazz, modern, ballet, tap etc.), you may present two separate shorter pieces to demonstrate your talent. Technical prowess, presence, musicality, expression and performance quality will be evaluated to determine admittance, as well as talent awards.

On the day of your audition:

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and warm up.
  • Bring your music on CD, iPod, iPad, phone, or computer
  • Wear a leotard and tights or other form-fitting clothes with appropriate footwear as needed. Please do not wear skirts, T-shirts, shorts, sweats or costumes.

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Contact Us

Nancy Dickson-Lewis
Chair, Department of Dance
(714) 744-7056
ndickson@chapman.edu