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CONTACTING US

Main Office

Dance
School of Education
UW-Madison
Lathrop Hall
1050 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin  53706

Tel: 608/262-1691
Fax: 608/265-3841

Email: sjroedl@wisc.edu
 



Due to the pandemic, the UW-Madison Dance Department
is suspending in-person auditions until further notice.

There are two ways to complete an audition remotely:
1) submit video audition components or
2) complete an audition virtually during
Dancewave Through College & Beyond.

This year, prospective students are strongly encouraged
to schedule a 15-minute phone call with the Dance Department's
Academic Advisor & Recruitment Director 
Karen McShane-Hellenbrand.


How to Apply to the Dance Department

To be accepted as a dance degree candidate you must:

  1. Apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Admissions and
  2. Fill out an application to audition and complete and pass the audition.

Auditions are held two times per year in November and February.



APPLY TO UW-MADISON

To apply to UW-Madison, contact the Admissions Office at onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu or at (608) 262-3961 or apply online at apply.wisconsin.edu. If you are applying for Financial Aid, send completed Financial Aid Forms to Student Financial Services, 432 N. Murray Street, Madison, WI 53706 (608/262-3060). Try to do this as early as the deadline allows to assure maximum financial assistance.



APPLY TO AUDITION INTO THE DANCE DEGREE PROGRAM

Each applicant is required to fill out an ​Application to ​Audition either by NOV 1 or FEB 1. We hold two adjudication sessions to review applications.

This year, there are two ways to audition virtually: OPTION 1) submit video components with your application, or OPTION 2) audition virtually at Dancewave Through College & Beyond.


SCHEDULE A 15-MINUTE PHONE CALL WITH OUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR

We advise ALL prospective dance degree students to contact Karen Mcshane-Hellenbrand for a 15-minute phone appointment. During the call, she will share information about the Dance Department and answer your questions. You may reach out via email at kamcshan@wisc.edu or phone at 608 262-3679. ​

OPTION 1

SUBMIT AUDITION VIDEO COMPONENTS (3 REQUIRED VIDEOS, 1 OPTIONAL VIDEO)
If you are submitting video components, they must be submitted with the online application. All videos should be in one of the following video formats: . MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI or WMV. This application will require a link for each video component. You may use YouTube, Vimeo or you may provide links through DropBox, Box or GSuite.



OPTION 2

AUDITION AT THE VIRTUAL DANCEWAVE THROUGH COLLEGE & BEYOND OCT 16-18 AND 23-25, 2020.
A faculty representative will also be auditioning applicants online at the virtual Dancewave Through College & Beyond October 16-18 and 23-25, 2020 (https://dancewave.org/dtcb/). This is our only offsite audition and may be utilized in lieu of the required video components. Please indicate this option on this form.



QUESTIONS?
If we may ever answer any questions about UW-Madison or about majoring in dance in general, please don't hesitate to contact Karen McShane-Hellenbrand. We look forward to seeing you at the University of Wisconsin-Madison! 

Karen McShane-Hellebrand
Recruitment Director & Academic Advisor
UW-Madison Dance Department
kamcshan@wisc.edu
608-262-3679

 


 

VIDEO COMPONENTS FOR OPTION 1 VIRTUAL AUDITION

VIDEO 1 (required): Choose EITHER a solo performance 1-3 minutes in length OR participation in a Ballet, Contemporary, Modern or Hip-Hop technique class, 3-5 minutes in length. If you choose a solo for this video, it may be original choreography or from standard repertory. The solo may be recorded at home, in a dance studio, or in another site-specific area, or submit a performance video. If you choose a video of time in a class, please choose multiple samples from one class or select more than one technique class if available. 
VIDEO 2 (required): A creative, improvised, self-choreographed solo, using the provided audio file, that demonstrates your potential to be the kind of explorer who would thrive in our department in the study of dance and movement.

This department was founded upon the values of the human experience, the pursuit of knowledge, and creative expression. To be a dance artist requires discipline, passion, resilience, courage, adaptability, and openness, as well as many other skills.

We are providing a short piece of music composed by our resident music director and we'd like you to utilize this opportunity to make and perform a dance that connects with the UW-Madison Dance Department's goals with who you are and what you care about.

Your solo must be movement-based and must use this audio file. You are not limited to one style of movement--mix it up; even better, your movements can be made up and not have names.
VIDEO 3 (required): Oral Question & Answer
Record yourself answering the following questions.
1. Why do you want to study dance in college?
2. Why are you interested in attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison?
3. How can dance promote social justice and change?
VIDEO 4 (optional): If you would like to share a genre of dance that uniquely represents your individuality and showcases your strength as a dancer, you may include a video of 1-2 minutes.  This is optional and not a required component of the audition.

 

 

 
 
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