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Department of Theatre and Dance

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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 for Fall 2020 Admission

November 1, 2019
February 14, 2020


Click here to download the 2020-2021 Application

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.

Dance Education Interviews:   8:00 a.m.

Information Session:   9:00 a.m.

Audition Class:  10:30 a.m. - Approx. 1:30-2:00 p.m.


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.


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