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Dance Auditions

Open House Auditions for the University of South Carolina Dance Program are usually held in November and February of each academic year. Auditions, which are scheduled around a weekend, are designed to give prospective students an opportunity to experience the program and meet current majors.

Make your audition part of an arts-filled weekend.

Our audition weekends are often held during the run of a performance. If you're interested in seeing the USC Dance Company perform, we will hold up to three complimentary tickets, available for pick up at the “will call” desk at the Koger Center for the Arts or at the ticket window in Drayton Hall Theatre. If your party is larger than three, we will gladly pull additional tickets for you to purchase when picking up your complimentary tickets. You have the same opportunity if there is a performance on Saturday evening. Please include your preferences when completing your Audition Response Form.

About Your Audition

All applicants planning to pursue a bachelor of arts in dance must audition. Students planning to enhance another degree with a minor in dance are not required to audition.

Auditions are generally held in February and November.

Auditions for Fall 2019 Admission

Audition Dates: November 9, 2018 & February 15, 2019

Deadlines for materials submissions: October 26, 2018 and February 1, 2019.  If you cannot attend the dates listed above, see requirements for requesting a video audition.

Contact Sabrina McClure ( or call 803-777-5636 for questions.

USC Dance Studios
324 Sumter Street
(between Wheat and Whaley Streets)
Columbia, SC 29208

Street parking is available at public meters along Sumter Street. Meters are not free on Saturdays.

When you arrive, enter the building using the bottom level and check in at the front desk.  You will be directed to check in.

Women: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers/pointe shoes, no skirt. Hair secured neatly in a bun.

Men: White shirt, black tights and ballet slippers.

9-10 a.m. Check-in

10-11 a.m. Dance degree discussion with artistic director Susan Anderson and head of dance education, Dr. Stephanie Milling.

  • B.A. in Dance — Emphasis in Performance /Choreography (Ballet and/or Contemporary)

  • B.A. in Dance — Emphasis in Dance Education K-12 Teacher Certification

11-11:30 a.m. Prepare for audition held in Studio 102. Emphasis in Ballet, Contemporary and Dance Education will participate in both audition classes.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Ballet Class Audition (required for everyone)

1-2:30 p.m. Contemporary Class Audition (required for everyone)

2:30 p.m. Departure

If you can't make it to Columbia for an audition, you can request to submit a video audition link. Please read the video audition requirements below before submitting.  Only video weblinks are accepted.

Video Class Auditions are due prior to the live audition dates. Due dates are:

For November Applicants: October 26, 2018
For February Applicants: February 9, 2019

Video Auditions will take the place of the live audition class. The video audition applicants will be considered secondarily to the live audition candidates. The full video content should be no longer than fifteen minutes.

Faculty must receive written request to submit video content.  You will be notified if a video submission will be accepted.

Please submit material via a privately shared weblink in Vimeo or YouTube.  
Password should be included with the submission of your audition application.

Audition Requirements

Ballet Center Work
Work can be done on or off pointe.  Please include:

  • combinations including stationary movement;
  • combinations including traveling/moving movement; and,
  • jumping exercise; jumps that remain in place and travel.

Short Creative Content
Improvised or choreographed solo (limit to 2 minutes).

What to Wear

  • Female: Pink or light colored tights with no leg warmers.  The leotard may be any
    color you prefer. No dance skirts please. Hair needs to be in a neat bun.

  • Male: White T-shirt and gray or black tights.

Video and Filming

  • Film with natural outdoor light coming from behind the camera. Avoid facing the camera toward the windows if possible.

Thank you for following the instructions. This will assist us in evaluating everyone on similar work and make the video audition close to what students are asked to do during the in-person auditions.


Please email to:

Ms. Sabrina McClure


Planning your visit to campus.

The USC Visitor Center is great way to learn about accommodations, find maps and other information about our campus and Columbia. Other offices you might want to visit while on campus (if time allows) are the Financial Aid Office (803-777-8134) and the Admissions Office (803-777-7700). Call them to make appointments and for campus tours. Please note that these offices may not be open over the weekend.