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Dance | FAQ & Auditions

How do I declare a dance minor?
All AU students must declare a major before declaring a minor. After meeting with the Dance Program Director, students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences' on-line minor delcaration form.

Do I need to audition or be a dance minor to participate in the Dance Program?

For intermediate and advanced level dance classes, placement auditions are required prior to registration. No audition is needed for beginning level classes. Performance opportunities are open to all students enrolled at AU—see Placement Audition FAQ.

Placement auditions take place in:

  • April (for fall registration)
  • August (prior to the start of classes for fall registration)
  • November (for spring registration)

How many students are in dance technique courses?
Though enrollment will vary each semester, dance technique courses are capped at 18 students for safety and effective instruction.

What dance forms are offered?
There are multiple levels of ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. Additionally, there are courses in social and world dance forms including African dance.

How many dance courses can I take per semester?
You can take as many courses as will fit in your schedule.

Are there performance opportunities?
Yes. The Dance Program produces one mainstage concert on campus at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, a formal concert off campus at a local theatre, a choreographer’s workshop/performance, and two informal showcases each academic year. Each spring students perform at the American College Dance Festival. Additionally, there are multiple student-run organizations that perform on and off campus.

How many dance studios are there?
The primary dance studio, in the Katzen Arts Center, is equipped with a sprung, marley-covered floor, portable barres, multifunction stereo, audio-visual system for multimedia presentations and wireless internet connection. Additionally, dance classes and rehearsals occur in the Katzen Studio Theatre and Cassell Hall.

How many dance faculty members are there?
The Dance Program is comprised of two full-time faculty members, an Artist-In-Residence, and multiple adjunct faculty members who bring their expertise from the professional world to AU’s classrooms.

What is AU’s connection to the professional dance community, locally, nationally and internationally?
In addition to a professionally active faculty, the Dance Program has a long history of hosting nationally and internationally recognized guest artists who teach master classes, stage choreography, present lecture-demonstrations, adjudicate student choreography, and serve as creative advisors and professional mentors to students. Past guest artists include John Bessant III, Sean Curran, Peter DiMuro, Kimberly Karpanty, Amir Kolben, Joan Meggitt, Francisca Morand, Leanne Schmidt, Sara Skaggs, and Christian von Howard. Also, many AU alumni are active members of the dance field and maintain close ties with the university.

Washington has a vibrant dance community with numerous venues for performance and classes, as well as being home to many seasoned and burgeoning dance companies. Local performances, auditions, and information are posted on the call board in the Katzen dance studio. In addition, with AU’s close proximity to many leading arts organizations, students have the opportunity to create internships and independent studies in dance education, management and performance.

May I observe a dance class?
Yes. Contact danceprogram@american.edu for further information.

Can I take a tour of the Katzen Arts Center?
Yes, please visit AU's Tour & Information Sessions for further information.

2014-15 Auditions

All auditions are in the
Katzen Dance Studio (152):

Dance Placement Auditions
August 21, 2:00 p.m.
November 15, 10:00 a.m.
April 25, 9:00 a.m.

Choreolab/AU Dance Company Auditions
September 6, 10:00 a.m.

AU Dance Company Auditions
November 19, 6:30 p.m.

Spring Dance Concert Auditions
January, 17, 10:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION
Registration is only required for placement auditions. You can register online a month before the audition to reserve a space.


Please read the Audition FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have previously auditioned you do not need to audition again, unless you wish to be considered for a higher level than the placement you received in your last audition.

 

See also

Dance Program Main Page

Placement Audition FAQ (PDF)

Performance Opportunities