About the Audition
On-site registration begins one hour prior to the audition class.
Advance registration is available online at chautauqua.slideroom.com. Upon receipt of the online application you will receive an email confirmation from the Schools office with additional audition information. Online applications are accepted until 3 days prior to the audition date. Once an audition location is closed to online registration, you may apply and pay on-site the day of the audition with cash or check. Application fees are non-refundable.
To be considered for a scholarship, please complete the financial aid section of the online application or request a form to complete during the on-site registration. Scholarship decisions are made at the same time as admissions decisions.
Auditions are in the form of an abbreviated ballet technique class. Girls and boys audition together. Girls will have pointe work, boys will have battu and air turns at the end of class. There will also be a short contemporary ballet component. Individual audition critiques are not provided at any point during or after the audition.
Dancers will typically receive audition results via email two or three weeks after their audition. Admission and scholarship decisions are made at the same time.
Workshop I and II audition times are for students between the ages of 11 and 14. Students interested in consideration for the Mini-Intensive Weekend should also audition with this group at any of our live audition sites. Young Dancer Workshop (ages 7-10) will have a live audition class at the Buffalo location only.
Apprentice and Festival audition times are for students 15–19. If you are 14 at the time of the audition, but will be 15 by the time the program begins you should audition with the second group.
There is no dress code for the audition class, however, dancers should dress as they would for any ballet class. Solid leotard, tights, hair off of the face, etc. Men should be in tights and a T-shirt. No baggy or loose clothes, including skirts. Dancers should bring their pointe shoes.
All students must provide two photos at the audition; one in first arabesque position and one in battement tendu a la seconde a terre en face. A standard 3×5 or 4×6 photo is preferred and does not have to be professional. You do not need to upload these photos to your online application if you are attending a live audition – please only bring them with you to the audition site.
Students may apply for scholarships, which are awarded based on student’s talent, years of study and financial need. Chautauqua Institution awards direct scholarship aid to more than 60% of the students in the School of Dance. To apply for a scholarship please fill out the financial aid section of the online application. Learn more about Chautauqua’s scholarship opportunities here. All tuition and on-campus housing for Company Apprentice Dancers will be FULLY FUNDED BY SCHOLARSHIP for the 2021 season.
Photo & Video Requirements
All students must provide two photos with their application: one in first arabesque position and one in battement tendu a la seconde a terre en face.
Video submissions are only accepted through the online Slideroom application and must be received by February 15. The application accepts file uploads as well as embedded links (YouTube, Vimeo).
Video auditions should be of the student alone and no more than 15 minutes in length. Please include a brief introduction including your name and age, where you study, and why you want to attend the Chautauqua Dance program. The segment should show center work ONLY and include the following:
- Battments tendu and turns
- Adagio (including arabesque and attitude turns)
- Jumps in first
- Petit allegro with beats
- Pique turns on diagonal (if space allows)
Sample Audition Videos
When applying to the Chautauqua School of Dance please use the following samples below for guidance.
Apprentice and Festival