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Acceptance to the Department of Dance as a degree-seeking student requires two steps: 1) Apply to Webster University and 2) Schedule an audition for the Department of Dance. There is no audition required for a dance minor.

Follow these simple links to start applying:

  1. Apply to Webster University
  2. Schedule a Dance Audition
  3. Prepare for your Audition

If you need assistance, please contact the Associate Director of Admissions, Andrew Laue, in the Office of Admissions at 314-246-7712 or lauear@webster.edu or dance@webster.edu.

Schedule Your Dance Audition

Dance Audition/Interview Request Form

Auditions are held on campus throughout the year and conducted in the form of a class. The classes will consist of ballet and modern techniques. The audition consists of the following:

  • An interview to discuss career goals and past history.
  • Submission of a resume.
  • Performance of approximately three minutes of choreography.
  • Participation in both a ballet and modern technique class.

If you need assistance, please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions, Patricia Baygents, in the Office of Admissions at 314-246-4216 or pbaygents80@webster.edu.

The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University offers a complete major in dance performance. Although the program is ballet-based, equally strong training is offered in modern, jazz and tap forms. Other offerings such as anatomy, choreography, dance history and dance costuming and construction supplements the curriculum. Dance majors explore the entire spectrum of dance from classical ballet to theatrical applications of jazz and tap. The goal of the department is to prepare students for careers in performance, choreography, private instruction and for entrance into the Master of Fine Arts programs.

Dance Audition Process: Acceptance to the dance program as a degree-seeking student is by audition. Auditions are held on campus throughout the year and are conducted in the form of classes, a performance and an interview. The classes will consist of ballet and modern techniques. It is preferable that applicants have a solid background in ballet. Each dancer must wear a leotard and tights and should be prepared for the following:

  • Interview to discuss career goals and dance background.
  • Submission of dance resume.
  • Performance of approximately three minutes of choreography. This is a solo of the applicant’s choice, either self-choreographed or a work set on the applicant. The setting for viewing is informal, in the studio. (No tap, please.)
  • Participation in a ballet and modern technique class.

If the applicant is unable to audition in person, a video/DVD of their work will be accepted, although auditioning in person is preferred. If sending a video/DVD please mail it to the Office of Admission, Attn: Admission Events Coordinator, 470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119. The applicant is notified through the Office of Admission regarding their admittance to the Dance Program.

Learn more about the audition process

Scholarships

Talent-based scholarships up to $2,000 are available. To be considered, a student must be academically accepted, have a declared major in Dance, and complete an audition. Preference is given to those students who complete their audition by March 1. Any questions regarding scholarships can be directed to Andrew Laue, Associate Director of Fine Arts Admissions at 314-246-7712 or lauear@webster.edu.

Audition Dates

Friday, November 4, 2022 Friday, February 3, 2023 Friday, March 3, 2023
Friday, December 9, 2022 Friday, February 17, 2023 Friday, April 21, 2023
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A Day in the Life ...

This is a sample schedule of a typical day for a Webster Dance major. This schedule is a compilation of daily dance courses a student can be enrolled in on any one day. It does not represent or include the department's entire list of practical dance courses, supplemental academic courses, or rehearsals.

8:30-9:50 a.m. Academic Course
10-11:20 a.m. Jazz
11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Ballet
12:50-1 p.m. Lunch in the Dance Lounge
1-2:20 p.m. Modern
2:30-3:50 p.m. Composition
4-6:30 p.m. Break and Dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m. Rehearsal

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