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
Contact Sabrina McClure (email@example.com) 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.
What to Wear
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 submit a video audition. 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.
Please submit material via a privately shared weblink in Vimeo or YouTube. Password should be included with the submission of your audition application.
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.