• Chapman students dancing in the crosswalk of a busy intersection
  • Dance students performing onstage
  • Dancers performing acrobatic moves in a studio
  • A dancer on a dark stage
Department of Dance

Dance Callback Session Process

» Dance Callback Session Process

Select applicants to the BA in Dance program will be invited to a callback audition as part of the admission process. For those selected:

  • You will receive an email invitation from the program. The invitation will include audition dates and links to register.
  • You can choose whether to have your callback in-person (on Chapman's campus) or virtually. The format you select will not affect admission consideration.
  • Your dance can be in any style or genre and we encourage you to be creative in whatever you choose. You can select the same solo you performed in your pre-screen audition video or a new 1-2 minute piece.
  • You should wear form-fitting dancewear with appropriate shoes. Please do not wear skirts, t-shirts, shorts, sweats or costumes.
  • If you cannot attend a callback session, your pre-screen audition will serve as your final audition.

Preparing for Your Callback Audition

In-person Callback Schedule

In-person callbacks will take place on the Chapman University campus. They will begin with a brief class to warm you up and introduce you to faculty and peers. You will then present your solo to a small panel of faculty. Please bring your music on CD, iPod/iphone/iPad or laptop.

You must submit the Daily COVID Screening on the day of your visit (prior to your arrival). You must also wear a mask at all times while indoors on Chapman's campus, including during your audition.

In addition to your in-person audition, we encourage you to explore campus using the self-guided tour app you can download on your phone.

Virtual Callback Session Schedule

For virtual callbacks, you will need to be available for the full 3-hour window. The callback will begin with an information session. Your parents are invited to join us for this portion. You will learn more about the program, hear from current students, watch video of their work and have time for a Q&A with faculty and students. 

Next, you will join a faculty member in a Zoom breakout room where you will share your short solo and participate in a brief interview with the faculty member.

Please be prepared to perform a 1-2 minute solo in a space you can adequately dance and be seen in, ideally free of furniture. You will not be evaluated on your space; we’re evaluating your movement on:

  • Technique: core strength and alignment, physical conditioning, movement coordination
  • Performance: intention, expression, focus, dynamics, musicality

Frequently Asked Questions about Dance Callbacks

If your question isn't answered below, please contact us at dance@chapman.edu or (714) 744-7040.

In-person Callbacks


Toggle Section

Virtual Callbacks


Toggle Section

Contact Us


College of Performing Arts News


blog-box.jpg

Get the latest info on the people (students, alumni, faculty, guests) and productions that make our school shine.