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Audition Requirements

All applicants are required to audition in an advanced classical ballet technique class, including Pointe work for women and a modern dance component. Following this, the CCM Admission Committee reviews student's files, including academic records and standardized test scores. Students are encouraged to follow a college-prep program to provide a strong academic background for the rigors of the dance major.

All CCM applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship based solely on ability as demonstrated in the admissions audition.

All applicants must complete all university and CCM admissions procedures to be eligible for awards which range from parital to full instructional fees.

Audition Requirements

Applicants may audition in Cincinnati or other designated audition site, or by video/DVD, however for scholarship consideration an in-person audition is required. The audition will consist of a traditional classical ballet barre and center followed by several combinations of pointe work (for women only). Dancers will then take the modern dance component, which consists of 2-3 movement sequences demonstrating the ability to perform floor work and various rhythmic and spatially-oriented structures.

Each applicant must submit a video/DVD of himself or herself performing a solo variation from the standard classical repertoire to The applicants must also upload a photo with the applicant dressed in regular classroom attire posed in Arabesque en'lair (women on pointe). The video should include a short introduction of the dancer stating his or her name, name of the variation and name of the studio where the dancer trains. Only the introduction and selected variation should be on the video/DVD.

An audition by DVD should be no more than 10 minutes and should reflect the dancer's strengths. Applicants should show an example of their typical level of training including: exercises at the barre, center work, jumps, and point work (women, all center work en pointe). The DVD must reflect the dancer's current training, made within 3 month of application submission. This should also be submitted to

The student must include: pliés, tendues, dégagés (from fifth position, both straight and with pliè) ronde de jambe, a terre and en l’air, passé developpe en croix, frappes, grand battements and balances on one leg. The exercises can be short, but with enough repetition that the dancer can be seen clearly.

Please show all ballet combinations on one side only. Center work to include: adage, pirouettes en dehors and en dedans, petit allegro and grand allegro. Ladies finish with fouettes and young men to finish with turns in à la second. A classical variation (on pointe for women) one to two minutes in length.

Variations may be performed in practice clothes or costume either in the studio or on stage. Performance tapes are acceptable but should show only the applying dancer.

Female dancers should bring ballet slippers, pointe shoes and have footed tights that can be rolled up to ankle or calf-length for the modern component of the audition. Traditional attire (black leotard and pink tights) is recommended.

Male dancers should bring socks and ballet slippers as well as tights that can be rolled up to accommodate the modern dance component of the audition. Traditional attire (black tights and white t-shirt) is also recommended.

Off-site audition formats may vary slightly. Applicants must submit a full length photo with the applicant dressed in regular ballet classroom attire, posed in arabesque enl'air (women en pointe).

Auditions: Cincinnati

  • Jan. 18, 2020
  • Jan. 25, 2020 
  • Feb. 15, 2020
University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music
290 CCM Boulevard
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003

Auditions: New York

  • Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Studio 3

The Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas
NY, NY 10011

For More Information:

  • CCM Undergraduate Admissions
    Phone: 513-556-2700
    Fax: 513-556-1028
  • CCM Dance Department
    Colleen E. Condit, Program Coordinator
    Phone: 513-556-2700
    Fax: 513-556-0202