Photo & Video Requirements
All students must provide two photos with their application: one in first arabesque position and one in battement tendu a la seconde a terre en face.
Video submissions are only accepted through the online Slideroom application and must be received by February 15. The application accepts file uploads as well as embedded links (YouTube, Vimeo).
Video auditions should be of the student alone and no more than 15 minutes in length. Please include a brief introduction including your name and age, where you study, and why you want to attend the Chautauqua Dance program. The segment should show center work ONLY and include the following:
- Battments tendu and turns
- Adagio (including arabesque and attitude turns)
- Jumps in first
- Petit allegro with beats
- Pique turns on diagonal (if space allows)
Sample Audition Videos
When applying to the Chautauqua School of Dance please use the following samples below for guidance.
Festival & Pre-Pro
Young Dancer Workshop
Audition videos should be no more than 10 minutes in length. Suggested requirements for the Young Dancer audition video are center work only including pliés, relevé, tendus and petit allegro.
Chautauqua welcomes applications from talented students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin or religious background. Admission is by video audition only and students must enroll in the entire duration of the program. Admission decisions and scholarship awards will be made by March 1, and no decision will be released until the applicant’s file is complete and the non-refundable application fee is paid. Admission results are sent to the email address on the student’s application. Upon admission a $600 program deposit ($100 refundable security deposit and $500 tuition deposit) is required within seven days of notification of acceptance to secure your spot in the program.
Students may apply for scholarships, which are awarded based on the student’s talent, years of study and financial need. Chautauqua Institution awards direct scholarship aid to more than 60% of the students in the School of Dance. To apply for a scholarship please fill out the financial aid section of the online application. Learn more about Chautauqua’s scholarship opportunities here.
About the Audition
We will be accepting video auditions ONLY for our summer program which are due online by February 1, 2022.
Live auditions are by pre-registration only and space is limited for each site.
Upon receipt of the online application, you will receive an email confirmation from the Schools office with additional details. Online applications for live auditions will be accepted until 5 days prior to the audition date. Application fees are non-refundable.
To be considered for a scholarship, please complete the financial aid section of the online application or request a form to complete during the on-site registration. Scholarship decisions are made at the same time as admissions decisions.
Auditions are in the form of an abbreviated ballet technique class. Girls and boys audition together. Girls will have pointe work, boys will have battu and air turns at the end of class. There will also be a short contemporary ballet component. Individual audition critiques are not provided at any point during or after the audition.
Dancers will typically receive audition results via email two or three weeks after their audition. Admission and scholarship decisions are made at the same time.
There is no dress code for the audition class, however, dancers should dress as they would for any ballet class. Solid leotard, tights, hair off of the face, etc. Men should be in tights and a T-shirt. No baggy or loose clothes, including skirts. Dancers should bring their pointe shoes.
All students must provide two photos at the audition; one in first arabesque position and one in battement tendu a la seconde a terre en face. A standard 3×5 or 4×6 photo is preferred and does not have to be professional. You do not need to upload these photos to your online application if you are attending a live audition – please only bring them with you to the audition site.