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» BA in Dance - Application Instructions

Dancers jump while performing in the Spring Dance ConcertIf you are applying to the Department of Dance as a dance major, you must complete The Common App (including the Chapman University Questions within the Common App), as well as the Creative Supplement. All BA Dance applicants are required to submit a pre-screen audition in order to be considered for admission. Please note, a Common Application submission is required before you will gain access to the Creative Supplement and associated audition materials.

Once your pre-screen audition and application have been reviewed by both the Department of Dance and Office of Admission, you may be invited to an in-person audition/interview on Chapman’s campus. A final admission decision is agreed upon by the Department of Dance and the Office of Admission based on academic and artistic preparedness. All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Should you be asked to audition in-person, you will be notified via email with a link to schedule the audition.

Any departmental scholarship is determined by the department during review of the Creative Supplement and/or audition. No additional paperwork or scholarship application is required.

Note: All incoming Dance majors begin in the BA program track, which provides an exceptional, comprehensive education in dance and technique training. For students wishing to pursue more intense dance training, the BFA track requires another audition in the spring of sophomore year.

To minor in Dance, students must submit an application once they are a current Chapman student.

+ - Deadlines

To view deadlines, please visit the appropriate how to apply page:

+ - Creative Supplement and Pre-Screen Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the BA Dance major:

  • Creative Supplement: This is your artistic portfolio reviewed by the faculty based on artistic talent and program readiness. Please be prepared to answer a few short answer questions.
  • Dance Resume: This should include your training, teachers, performance and technical experience. Include the names of dance directors and choreographers you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done. You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received.
  • Photograph: Please upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you - professional headshots are not required.
  • Letter of Recommendation: The letter should come from your most recent dance instructor or a professional with whom you have studied. You can request this recommendation through your applicant status page once you have submitted your Common Application. Your recommender will receive an email prompting him or her to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Keep in mind this letter of recommendation is specific to the Department of Dance and is separate from the letter(s) required by the Office of Admission.
  • Pre-Screen Audition Videos: Once your Common Application has been submitted, you will gain access to your applicant status page where you will be prompted to upload your pre-screen videos.
    • Your pre-screen audition video for the department will consist of a brief introduction and dance solo performance.
      • Introduction: In 60 seconds or less, state your name, where you're from and outline your performing experience. Please address why you want to attend Chapman, and be sure to use a medium shot (from chest up).
      • Dance Audition: Please prepare a two-minute dance solo demonstrating your dance technique and artistry. It may be choreographed by you or for you (please be sure to credit the choreographer).
        • If you have skills in more than one dance form (jazz, modern, ballet, tap, etc.), you may present two separate one-minute pieces to demonstrate your talent. Technical prowess, presence, musicality, expression and performance quality will be evaluated to determine admittance, as well as talent scholarship.

+ - In-Person Auditions (by invitation only)

If invited to an in-person audition, you will have the option to choose an audition date on our campus. The date, location, times available, and expectations will be included with your emailed invitation after review of your pre-screen audition upload.

Pre-screen auditions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be patient in hearing back from both the Department of Dance and the Office of Admission.

Note: If you are invited to audition but are unable to come to campus, you may request that we use your audition upload submission as your audition. If possible, auditioning in-person is highly encouraged.