Apply and Audition

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Admission into the Department of Dance is a multi-step process:
  1. Submit a WMU application: Seek admission to the university by applying through admissions.
  2. Register to audition: Submit an application and register through Acceptd to audition for the Department of Dance. 
  3. Attend an audition, virtually or in person: Below is a list of audition and interview opportunities and information about participating in each. 

On-campus auditions

Friday, October 28, 2022

Friday, November 11, 2022

Friday, February 24, 2023

 

Virtual auditions

 Virtual auditions occur on a rolling basis through through April 1st.

 

Off-campus auditions

  • NYCDA, Orlando, FL

 Dates: July 15-17, 2022

Information: NYCDA

  • Big Muddy Dance Festival College Fair & Audition, St. Louis, MO

Dates: September 17-18, 2022

Application: Festival website

  • Eisenhower Dance Detroit College Audition, Birmingham, MI         

Dates: October 9, 2022

Information: Eisenhower Dance

  • Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) Dance College & Career Fair/Audition, Chicago, IL

Dates: November 5-6, 2022

Application: Festival website

  • Oakland Dance Festival, Rochester Hills, MI

Dates: TBA (late November, 2022)

Other Information

  • Scholarships

    *Students who submit audition materials and have been accepted by the university by January 31 will be considered for dance scholarships. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for need-based financial aid and scholarships through both the university and dance program.

  • Getting audition results

    *Students who submit audition materials and have been accepted by the university by January 31 will be considered for dance scholarships.  Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to be eligible for need-based financial aid and scholarships through both the university and dance program. Learn more about scholarships. 

    For further information on auditions not found here, please contact the Department of Dance Academic Advisor Debra Gambino at debra.gambino@wmich.edu or (269) 387-6171. Please leave your valid email address in your message. Email is our most effective way to communicate with you.

    Please add the email address debra.gambino@wmich.edu to your address book so that our communications with you do not go into a spam folder.

    Audition results

    Virtual audition materials will be reviewed by dance faculty in three groups.  

    ·         Materials received by November 15, 2021 will receive notification by December 20, 2021

    ·         Materials received between November 16, 2021 and February 15, 2022 will receive notification by March 1, 2022

    ·         Materials received between February 16 and April 1, 2022 will receive notification by April 20, 2022

    Audition results will be mailed and emailed to you.  Unfortunately, we are not able to provide individual feedback to the many students who audition each year. 

  • Dance minor

    Dance minors are not required to audition. Due to excessive enrollments, the department is currently placing prospective dance minors on a waiting list for entrance into the dance minor program. To be placed on the dance minor waiting list, please email your name, local phone number and current email address to debra.gambino@wmich.edu. You will be contacted by email when space is available for you to enroll in the dance minor program.

  • Questions?

    Please contact our Academic Advisor, Debra Gambino, with any questions. Please be sure to add the email dera.gambino@wmich.edu to your address book to ensure our messages to you don't go to a SPAM folder.