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March 27th-28th Replacement Audition

Your health and safety are important to us. Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases and the World Health Organization's declaration of a pandemic, we are REPLACING the March 27 & 28 audition on campus at Oklahoma City University with a VIDEO AUDITION for both admission AND scholarship consideration.

This replacement video audition for admission and scholarship consideration is open only to dancers who have already registered for the March 27 & 28, 2020 on-campus audition as the registration fees will go toward individually processing dancers’ audition videos.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY to ensure you are completing the necessary components of the replacement video audition.

1) The deadline to submit a video link is April 1, 2020.

If you are having difficulties accessing a dance studio due to COVID-19 to make your video by the deadline:

a) submit your Personal Presentation (see description below) by the April 1, 2020 deadline.

b) Email Patti Biera at pmbiera@okcu.edu with information on your situation and a date by which you can submit the ballet, tap, jazz, and performance portions of the video audition.

2) Follow the video instructions exactly.

3) Fill out the Personal Information questionnaire completely. There is a place to insert your video link at the end of the questionnaire.

4) If you are selected for the OKCU Dance Program through the video audition, there will be a makeup Dance With the Stars Day on Monday, July 13, 2020. Attendance is required unless you attended a Dance With the Stars Day immediately proceeding an audition day since October 26, 2018.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

  • Video auditions must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or another video hosting provider. We strongly recommend setting your audition video's privacy to "Unlisted." This will keep it from showing up in searches, and only people with the direct link will be able to see it.
  • Video auditions will be used for determining admissibility as a dance major and for class technique levelings.
  • Video auditions should show only the dancer who is auditioning and should not be taped in a performance.

· Auditioning dancers will be judged on personality and body proportions in addition to technique. Please make sure that these factors are visible. LADIES: Do not wear black, dark blue, dark green or white leotards and tights. Do not wear glossy tights. Solid color leotard and tights in moderate tone are preferred. Do not wear skirts or cover-ups -- we need to see you from the tip of your toes to the top of your head! GENTLEMEN: Wear white T-shirts and black TIGHTS for ballet section. You may switch to tight fitting jazz pants for tap and jazz sections. Do NOT wear baggy pants or baggy shirts for any portion of the video.

  • Videos should not be long. A simple series of combinations showing the requested skill should take no longer than 5 minutes per dance style.
  • Personal Presentation: With camera zoomed in so that face and upper chest are in the picture, introduce yourself, and talk several minutes about yourself and your interests and goals in both the short and long term.
  • Videos should show the following steps in ballet, tap, and jazz:
    • Ballet:
      • Adage placement combination showing balance and extension
      • Pirouettes
      • A line of turns of the dancer's choice, i.e. chaines
      • Small jumps
      • Large jumps
      • Jumps with beats, if possible
    • Jazz:
      • Inside and outside jazz turns
      • A battement & jump combination using different levels, i.e. jumps in the air with floor work in between
      • A short dance combination showing dynamics, energy, stamina, and the ability to hit pose
    • Tap:
      • A series of basic rhythm steps, i.e. flaps, shuffles, cramprolls, drawbacks, irish
      • Time step and a time step break
      • Simple to complex riffs
      • Pullbacks or pick-ups; wings
      • A turn series, i.e. irish, flap ball change, maxi-fords, cramprolls
  • Performance: Present a one-minute performance in the style or styles of your choice. Remember we are a "show business" oriented program, so show lots of personality and pizzazz!
  • Explanations for why an auditioner was not accepted will not be given in writing or by phone.
  • Submit your video here!