All students auditioning to be a dance major should begin by filling out the audition application. All students participating in the Minor Technique Screening should begin by filling the MTS Application.
A separate application is required for admission into CSULB. You may apply on-line at csumentor.edu or phone the automated information line at 562-985-4111. Auditioning for the dance major does not qualify you for entrance into CSULB, only for being a dance major or minor once admitted to the University. Directions to the CSULB Dance Center
After filling out the application, print it, and send it to the Department of Dance along with a refundable $25 audition deposit check made out to “CSULB Department of Dance” in order to reserve a spot. If submitting a Video Audition, do not send the $25 deposit (please read Video Audition Information for all instructions. We are in the process of updating the video audition. Please contact us mid-December for the updated video link.). MTS students may not video audition.
Mail Application to:
CSULB Department of Dance
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-7201
Upon receipt of your application, you will be notified by email confirming your audition date. For the February audition, if the preferred audition time is full, students will be placed in the available audition time. It is not possible for students to “walk in” or just show up on audition dates.
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Video Audition Information
The audition takes place in Studio 3 of the CSULB Dance Center. The Dance Center is located on the northeast corner of the CSULB campus near the corner of Palo Verde and Atherton Street, and is connected to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC) at 6200 Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA, 90815. Parking is available for $5 in Parking Lot #12 (adjacent to CPAC) from the yellow parking kiosks.
Video Audition Information
Out-of-state and international students may audition via video, though in person auditions are preferred by CSULB Dance. Click on the link to Video Audition Info (for the information and instructions regarding producing your audition video. NEW: Starting in 2012-13, the CSULB Department of Dance has created a video for all video applicants teaching ballet and modern dance material. In order to properly complete your video audition, you will need to contact the Department of Dance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 985-4747 in order to receive the link to the uploaded CSULB Audition Class. You will learn all the material on the video, and then video yourself performing all of the exercises on both the right and left side. In addition, video applicants need to video an original 2-minute solo dance that will be part of your video submission. Please refer to "Video Audition Info" for all instructions regarding producing and sending in your video audition.
The On-Campus Dance Major Audition and Minor Technique Screening (MTS)
California residents must attend an on-campus audition. The on-campus audition is a technique class divided into three parts: a ballet barre and center, a modern center, and across-the-floor movement sequences. The Department of Dance faculty will teach the audition class and serve as panelists for assessing potential students. Students will be evaluated on technical proficiency including placement, stability, strength, musicality, body articulation and coordination, qualitative range, and ability to accurately replicate movement sequences. The panel is also interested in individual artistic expression, projection, and performance quality of each dancer.
The Audition—additional information for Transfer Students
The CSULB Department of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance. Due to accreditation standards, and the conservatory nature of the technique sequences, dance major-specific technique courses in ballet and modern dance are labeled I, II, III, and IV, with Level I being the standard starting point of study for entering freshman. These courses follow three levels of training labeled Introduction, Beginning, and Intermediate not intended for dance major progression. In order to graduate within CSULB unit allowances, transfer students must enter into the Department at the II level in either ballet or modern dance (preferably in both techniques) and no lower than the I level. Necessary preparation for study at this detailed, highly competent level is daily work at the advanced level at community colleges or dance conservatories or studios for at least two years prior to transfer. Additionally, courses and/or experiences in dance performance are a necessity for successful preparation to transfer into the Department of Dance. Students participating in the MTS will audition as a "freshman."
At the audition, transfer students must also present a dance solo, 2-3 minutes in length, demonstrating dance technique, artistry and projection, and choreographic ability. This solo must be choreographed by the student, and may be in any genre of dance that can demonstrate the necessary qualities. Solos should have a title, and exist in a structure with a beginning, middle, and end. Solo music should preferably be on an iPod or mp3 player, or burned onto a CD. Students may not wear costumes during solo presentations, but may change into different dance clothing following the technique portion of the audition. Solo time slots will be scheduled at audition registration in 5-minute segments.
The Audition—additional information for current CSULB Students
Current CSULB students will audition as a “freshman” if they entered CSULB as a freshman. Current CSULB students who transferred to CSULB from a community college or university will audition as Transfer students. Dance majors who have withdrawn from CSULB, or not taken CSULB dance courses for a period of one year or more, must re-audition if planning on graduating as a dance major.
Female students must wear solid colored leotards and tights or a unitard. Male students must wear dark tights or thigh-length “biker” style shorts, dance belt, and a solid colored form-fitting t-shirt or tank. All students will wear ballet shoes for the ballet portion and dance bare foot for the remainder of the audition. Cover-up clothing such as sweatshirts and t-shirts is not allowed. Long hair should be worn up and all hair should be neat.
The Day of the Audition
Directions to the CSULB Dance Center and parking information are listed near the top of this page. On the day of each audition, dancers and their parents can enjoy a close look at our Department and our phenomenal facilities through a guided Department tour. When your audition date is confirmed, you will be sent reservation information regarding these Department tours. There are typically two tours, with the first beginning approximately two hours prior to the start of the audition. Registration for each audition typically begins 60 minutes prior to the start of the audition in the green “Pavilion” in the Dance Center courtyard (specific times will be sent to each applicant prior to the audition). At this time, each student receives his/her audition number and deposit check, has a photo taken, and is directed to a studio to begin warming up. Transfer applicants will sign up for a time slot to present their solo. About 20 minutes prior to the audition, parents are welcome to join the dancers in the warm-up studio for a greeting by the Department Chair, who will review procedures for the audition and answer questions that students or parents might have regarding the admission process. Observers may watch the audition from the hallway and the 2nd floor breezeway but are not allowed in the studios during the auditions.
The February Audition—What to Expect on Audition Day
The February audition consists of up-to four auditions spread out over two days. Freshman/MTS applicants will audition on Friday, and transfer applicants will audition on Saturday. When you receive your confirmation for your audition date and time, you will be sent reservation information regarding an optional Dance Center tour for you and your parents/companions. The tour might be prior to your audition time, and it might be following your audition. Registration for each audition typically begins 60 minutes prior to the start of the audition in the green “Pavilion” in the Dance Center courtyard. Specific registration times will be sent at the time of confirmation, and will coordinate with any tour reservation. During registration, each student receives his/her audition number and deposit check, has a photo taken, and is directed to a studio to begin warming up. Transfer applicants will also sign up for a time slot to present their solo. About 20 minutes prior to the audition, parents are welcome to join the dancers in the warm-up studio for a greeting by the Department Chair, who will review procedures for the audition and answer questions that students or parents might have regarding the admission process. Observers may watch the audition from the hallway and the 2nd floor breezeway but are not allowed in the studios during the auditions. No photography or videotaping of auditions is permitted. There will be current CSULB Dance Majors present to meet and speak with students auditioning. On Friday, there will be a short presentation of choreography by Department students and faculty. On both days, there will be light snacks and water available for dancers auditioning.
Results will be emailed to all students within five working days of the audition. In the case of the August audition, students planning on beginning the dance major or major-level classes in the Fall semester of the same year will be emailed as soon as possible once the results are available. Students may audition for admittance to the dance major twice, but may only audition once per semester. Students may only participate in the MTS twice.