Dance Admissions

BAA Dance Springfest 2015, photo by Judith Gibson-Okunieff

Admissions Process for Dance

The admissions process for dance consists of two stages: an audition application and audition in the arts.

Stage One: Audition Application online

We are recruiting for school year 2018-2019. Apply here!

Stage Two: Audition

A panel composed of ProArts College representatives, artists from community arts organizations, and BAA staff conduct the auditions. By focusing solely on the audition, BAA aims to encourage all students interested in the arts to apply to the school. Acceptance decisions are based on the audition only.

Completion of Admissions Process

If the student is accepted or placed on the wait-list, they will be asked to complete the admissions process by sending in their official transcripts. Transcripts allow staff to place students in appropriate classes. Transcripts must be sent to complete the admissions process, but they are not considered in the admission decision. We request the same items from wait-listed students. If an accepted student declines admission, we want to be able to offer a seat to a wait-listed student as quickly as possible.

Wait-list for Dance

Wait-listed students will remain on the wait-list until the end of December. If the student doesn’t get in by end of December they must go through the admissions process again for the following school year in order to be considered for BAA. Due to the high volume of applicants we do not have an appeals process in dance at this time.

Audition Requirements for Dance

BAA offers an Audition Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd, to help students prepare for their auditions. Find out more about workshops and other important admissions dates here.

All students must be dressed in appropriate dance wear and have their hair pulled away from their face, and secured. Leotards, tights, socks, or ballet shoes are preferred. Female students that do not have leotards and tights may wear shorts and a leotard, or shorts and a fitted t-shirt. T-shirts and sweat pants or basketball shorts are acceptable for boys. No one can audition in street clothes. Please do not wear jeans.

Audition Class Participation

  1. a. Warm up exercises based on ballet and modern technique
  2. b. Ballet, Modern or Jazz center and across the floor combinations
  3. c. Improvisation

1-Minute (Maximum) Prepared

  1. a. The solo should show the applicant’s technical and performance ability.
  2. b. It does not have to be choreographed by the applicant, and it can be a dance combination or variation learned in class.
  3. c. Ballet, Modern or Jazz preferred, but Tap, Ethnic dance forms and Hip Hop are acceptable.
  4. d. Music can be on CD or iPod. If using an iPod, please have music cued up and ready for the audition. Your CD should have only the song you are going to use for your routine.
The students will be judged on the following:
  1. a. Physical potential
  2. b. Coordination
  3. c. Rhythmic accuracy and musicality
  4. d. Focus
  5. e. Observation and recall
  6. f. Coachability
  7. g. Attitude and perseverance
  8. h. Expressiveness
  9. i. Movement quality
  10. j. Risk-taking
  11. k. Technical proficiency