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Dance Admissions

You'll dance every day.

Dancer poses

Shelly (Michelle) Cochrane, BFA 2018.

Strong dance technique, intensive theory, guest artist residencies, and abundant performance opportunities are the trademarks of a program in which you'll test your boundaries.

Rigorous conservatory training combined with a liberal arts education provides the foundation for a professional career as a performer, teacher, creative artist, administrator, or for graduate studies.

Core classes include modern dance, ballet, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, somatic studies, dance history, teaching, theater production, choreography, and Senior Synthesis.

Enrich your dance portfolio with electives in African and Afro-Cuban, jazz, and tap.



Audition Process

Students in programs for a Dance BA and Dance BFA must follow these steps:

Part One

Apply to the university. Your application to the university must be on file prior to your audition. Early decision deadline is November 1. The undergraduate (freshman) deadline is January 15. The transfer application priority deadline is March 1.

Part Two

Schedule an audition for the School of Dance. Complete the Audition Registration Form and select a date (see options below). Applicants will receive a letter confirming the audition date. The audition consists of a two-hour technique class beginning with a ballet barre, followed by modern center work and repertoire. Your audition is observed, recorded and evaluated by the dance faculty.

Applicants will be mailed audition results within two weeks following their audition. Responses will be: accept; wait list; or, deny. Applicants may audition only once in an academic year. The status of applicants placed on the program’s wait list will be reviewed after February 1.

Part Three

Applicants should prepare a two-minute solo to be submitted at the time of the audition.  Please bring a DVD or a typed link address with your name and any applicable password with you on the day of your audition. We recommend a contemporary solo with the choreographer identified. The DVD will not be returned.

Audition Dates and Locations
Auditions for acceptance for the 2019 academic year will be announced July 1st.
Video Audition Option

Although we believe that applicants present themselves most effectively in person, applicants who live beyond a 500-mile radius of George Mason University may request a video audition. Contact the School of Dance Office at for further information about this option.


Dance Appreciation

Auditions are not required for students wishing to pursue a minor in Dance Appreciation. For more information, please visit the Dance Appreciation Minor page in the university catalog.

Please contact School of Dance ( to declare a minor.

Contact us

Email us or call us: 703-993-1114. Visit us at the deLaski Performing Arts Building, A300, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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