You’re passionate about dance, decided on a career in dance, and have done your research – finding information on ACPE’s three dance-related degrees: Bachelor of Dance Education, Bachelor of Dance Practice and Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) that offer pathways to dance industry careers ranging from becoming a professional dancer or artist to teaching to physical therapy and more.
That’s a big first step to kickstarting your career in dance!
But as you review the application requirements you read about auditioning. What’s a dance audition? And how can you make it a success?
What’s a dance audition?
To be accepted into our Bachelor of Dance Education or Bachelor of Dance Practice, you’ll need to attend and pass an audition.
Auditions are a part of a dancer’s professional life: from the moment you apply to a dancing school, to trying to secure that amazing opportunity in a show, to even running your own dance school and assessing the next intake of your own students.
Consider an audition like a job interview – it’s a chance to showcase your skills, passion and personality, and hopefully get you through the door into that next great gig!
While auditions can take different forms (e.g solo, group, online, in-person), some steps you’ll go through are similar. And now, as you consider an ACPE dance degree, it’s a great time to get your head around how to audition.
Why does ACPE require me to audition?
Your ACPE dance audition is important for a few reasons.
It helps us get to know you – and for you to get to know us! – before you might begin your degree.
It also helps us assess your current skill level and screen for potential injuries that may affect your academic performance and dancing. Whatever style of dance you’ve studied previously, we use the audition to see your ability to learn new movement material and your level of technical competence at this stage in your progression.
This is because once you’ve entered one of our dance degrees you’ll need to pass contemporary dance technique assessments at first-year level, where you’ll be evaluated on various aspects of fitness and body movement. You’ll continue your dance technique studies each semester and develop your skills throughout your degree with our exceptional teachers.
How do I apply for a dance degree?
Before you audition you’ll need to apply for the ACPE dance degree of your choosing – Bachelor of Dance Practice or Bachelor of Dance Education, either directly through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or by clicking here.
Do I need to register for an audition?
Face-to-face dance auditions are 90 minutes and held throughout the year every Friday from 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Registrations close on the Wednesday two days before each Friday audition.
Where are auditions held?
Auditions are held at the ACPE campus. Arrive with plenty of time to spare so you’re relaxed and ready to go.
Do I need to prepare anything for the audition?
You don’t need to prepare a piece of dance or movement ahead of time. Techniques and requirements will be provided through the three parts of the audition: the contemporary dance class, composition task and improvisation task.
However, it’s a good idea to review our three degree-specific webpages above, in case you have questions for the assessors on the day. You can also learn about our teaching staff, who you may meet at the audition.
I feel nervous before my dance audition!
It’s natural to feel nervous: it’s a sign that you care and want to do well. But remember we also want you to succeed! By following the tips and simple steps on this webpage, you’ll set yourself up for the best chance of a positive audition.
What do I wear to the audition?
Be comfortable! Wear form-fitting dance clothes such as tights and leotard or a snug t-shirt. Don’t wear a costume from a show.
Securely tie your hair back from your face and be prepared to dance barefooted (bring a pair of socks too).
How do ACPE’s dance assessors want me to behave in the audition?
It sounds clichéd but it’s true: be yourself. You’ll dance better if you’re not trying to be someone else. You’ll be more focused on being present in the studio and performing at your best.
Whatever the occasion for the audition, remember it’s an opportunity to learn about yourself, learn about performing in front of others, network with other dancers and industry people, and take instructions from choreographers, teachers, directors and producers.
Can I ask questions in the audition?
Of course! But pick suitable and respectful moments, such as during a break in instruction or a designated question time. Ask questions that help you and others in the room, rather than just to draw attention from assessors.
What happens after the audition?
Our assessors review each applicant and their audition and you’ll be contacted with our decision in a timely fashion.
What if I can’t attend an audition?
If you can’t attend a dance audition, our team is happy to talk about possible alternatives.