The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at UALR offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance. The B.F.A. degree in dance is a professional degree offering students an education in dance technique, choreography, and dance theory.
All students interested in dance at UALR must audition for placement in technique classes. Students interested in being considered for departmental scholarships must also submit scholarship application materials and take part in a scholarship interview. NOTE: The audition and scholarship application materials are required for new AND returning students interested in scholarships.
Auditions are an excellent opportunity to take classes with our faculty, learn about the B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance, receive a level placement for Fall technique classes, and be considered for a dance scholarship. You do not need to prepare a piece for this audition. You will be observed in the technique class setting. Prospective students are encouraged to tour the UALR campus either before or during their audition day, if possible.
ON-CAMPUS AUDITIONS: All dance classes for the audition are held at Studio 129 in the Center for Performing Arts (which also houses the University Theatre, on the South end of campus.) Directions>>
*Campus tours are available: (Tour registration: http://ualr.edu/admissions/visit/)
Dancers must attend AUDITIONS for placement in technique classes, and/or to be considered for a departmental scholarship. Students for whom geographical location hinders participation in either audition day should contact Stephanie Thibeault.
To register for the audition day and/or apply for a dance scholarship: REGISTER HERE>>
To register for PLACEMENT-ONLY auditions, simply complete the dance scholarship application, and write “PLACEMENT ONLY” at the top of the Special Talents box, then submit the application without uploading the additional scholarship application materials.
Dance audition attire
Fitted dancewear required for all dancers. (NO baggy clothes or cover-ups.) Specific requirements include; Women: Unitard; or dark solid-colored leotard with black footless tights. Bare feet for modern class; soft ballet shoes for ballet class. Hair must be secured away from face and neck. Men: Unitard; or black fitted t-shirt (or tank) with black footless tights (leggings). Bare feet for modern class; soft ballet shoes for ballet class. Hair must be secured away from face and neck.
*Students applying for departmental scholarships will be scheduled for an interview with the faculty.
**Current UALR dance majors who are already on departmental scholarship do not need letters of recommendation. Current UALR students who are not yet on departmental scholarship need a letter from someone who knows their abilities. That can be someone from a dance school/studio or a UALR dance faculty member.
Students must have applied to UALR to be considered for a departmental scholarship. (APPLY TO UALR NOW!)
You must be a declared major to receive departmental scholarship funds. Indicate DANCE as your intended major when you apply, then DECLARE DANCE as your major once you are accepted.
We look forward to seeing you in the studio very soon!