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Planning your audition: Meadows School of the Arts has prepared new audition procedures to safeguard the health and well-being of our prospective students, faculty and staff during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to virtual and recorded auditions, applicants can also engage with our faculty, staff and students via weekly virtual information sessions and tours of our performance spaces, all from the comfort of your home.

Dance is a Dual Admit Program.

In order to pursue a Dance major or minor at SMU, you must apply and be admitted to SMU and you must apply and be admitted to Meadows School of the Arts Division of Dance. Please review the Dance admission checklist below.

1. Review 2020-21 Audition Information

Two Types of Auditions

Within the Meadows Dance Application (found in item #3 below), you will be asked to select which type of audition you prefer:

  • Live, Virtual Audition: Applicants audition live synchronously via Zoom.
  • Recorded Audition: Those who cannot audition via Zoom on audition days may submit a recorded audition for faculty review. The recording will be submitted as a component of the Meadows Dance Application.

Dance Audition Dates and Deadlines, 2020-21

  • Oct. 17, 2020: Virtual, via Zoom
  • Nov. 21, 2020: Virtual, via Zoom
  • Jan. 23, 2021: Virtual, via Zoom
  • Feb. 13, 2021: Virtual, via Zoom

Click here to review how to prepare for your live virtual audition.

Virtual Auditions via Zoom 

To participate in a virtual SMU Dance audition, auditionees must secure a space with at least 300 square feet of danceable floor (preferably a studio), and a stable internet connection for up to 6 1/2 hours (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST), plus, if called back to perform a solo, 2 additional hours (2:30-4:30 p.m. CST).  

  • All candidates should prepare a solo, lasting 90 to 120 seconds, in their choice of ballet, modern, or jazz technique.
  • Female candidates should wear a solid color leotard and pink tights.
  • Male candidates should wear a white T-shirt and black tights.
  • All candidates should bring both jazz shoes and ballet slippers. (Pointe shoes are required only if they are needed for your solo.)
  • Bare feet will be required for the modern portion of the audition.
  • Candidates must also provide music on either a cellphone, computer, or USB drive for their prepared solos.

Virtual Audition schedule:

Times are approximate and reflect Central Standard Time Zone:

  • 10 a.m. - Welcome and Overview of the Day
  • 10:30 a.m. - Warm-up and Ballet Class
  • 11:30 a.m. - Break
  • 11:45 a.m. - Jazz Class
  • 12:30 p.m. - Break
  • 12:45 p.m. - Modern Class
  • 1:30 p.m. - Break
  • 2:15 p.m. - Solo Callback Announcement
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. - Solos*

*Solos: Auditionees called back to perform their solo will participate in a quick interview for approximately 5 minutes.

For questions and more information about Dance auditions and submissions, email Heather Guthrie at hguthrie@smu.edu.

Click here for Recorded Dance Audition Details.

Your audition video should include:

  • Personal introduction (1 minute or less)
  • Short ballet barre: Include plié, dégagé, rond de jambe, and grand battement (5 minutes or less)
  • Pirouette and petit allegro combination (1 minute or less)
  • Brief combination either choreographed or improvised in modern and jazz (30-60 seconds)
  • Solo in your technique of choice: ballet, modern, or jazz (90-120 seconds)
  • Please note: Your recorded audition MUST include all three technique areas (ballet, modern and jazz).

Additional materials to submit with your video:

  • In Microsoft Word or PDF, write your Dance Statement with answers to the following two questions: What two words would describe your relationship to Dance? and: What would you bring to the Division of Dance at SMU? There is not a word count minimum or maximum; one, two or three paragraphs are optimal.
  • Dance résumé in Microsoft Word or PDF.
  • Photo: closeup or medium portrait; wear dance apparel or casual clothes.

Follow-up interview: If faculty want to further consider a candidate who has sent in a recorded audition, the applicant will receive an invitation by email to talk with the faculty via Zoom. In addition to questions, the applicant may be asked to execute dance combinations.

 2. Application Deadlines: Meadows and SMU

Meadows Application Deadlines:

Within your Meadows Dance Application, you will be asked to select either a virtual audition or a recorded audition.

  • If you are doing a virtual audition, your Meadows Dance Application and Audition Registration must be submitted by or before 3 days prior to audition date. Note that in order to register for a virtual audition, you must first submit your Meadows application, after which you will receive an email with a link to your status page where you can log in and register for your virtual audition.
  • If you are doing a recorded audition and are applying to SMU as Early Action or Early Decision I, your Meadows application and recorded audition are due by or before Nov. 15.
  • If you are doing a recorded audition and are applying to SMU as Regular Decision or Early Decision II, your Meadows application and recorded audition are due by or before Feb. 1.

SMU Application Deadlines:

  • If you are applying Early Action or Early Decision I, your SMU application is due by or before Nov. 1.
  • If you are applying Regular Decision or Early Decision II, your SMU application is due by or before Jan. 15.
  • SMU Transfer Application for Fall: May 1, June 1, August 1; see SMU website
  • SMU Transfer Application for Spring: Nov. 1

Determine which SMU application deadline is right for you.

We encourage students to apply to SMU, submit their Meadows Dance application, and audition for Meadows within the same semester, and to apply when their application and audition will be most competitive.

Note that Early Action, Regular Decision, and Early Decision applicants are all considered equally for artistic scholarships, since Meadows does not begin awarding artistic scholarships until mid-March, after all auditions have been completed. 

Early Action or Early Decision I? Or Regular Decision or Early Decision II?

We encourage students to apply when their application will be most competitive and to audition when they will be most prepared. Early Action, Regular Decision, and Early Decision applicants are considered equally for artistic scholarships, since Meadows does not begin awarding artistic scholarships until mid-March.

Early Action: Apply to SMU by November 1, apply to and audition for Meadows by November 21. The benefit of applying Early Action is that a student will receive their audition results and their SMU admission decision by mid-December. If you apply Early Action, but do not complete your audition by November 21 or submit a recording by November 15, your application to SMU will be deferred until Regular Decision. An Early Action application to SMU is not binding.

Early Decision is a binding application to SMU whereby students commit to attend SMU if admitted even if they are not accepted to the Dance degree program. Be sure to review the Early Decision FAQ. 

Early Decision I: Apply to SMU by November 1 and apply to and audition for Meadows by November 21 to receive audition results and SMU admission decision by mid-December. 

Early Decision II: Apply to SMU by January 15 and apply to and audition for Meadows by early March to receive audition results and SMU admission decision in mid-March.

Regular Decision: Apply to SMU by January 15 and apply to and audition for Meadows by early March. Regular Decision is appropriate for students who plan to audition in January or February and/or for those students whose applications will be more competitive with the inclusion of their first semester senior year grades. Regular Decision applicants typically receive their Meadows audition results about two weeks after the audition and their SMU admission decision by late March.

Deadlines for Transfer Students:

Spring Transfer: Apply to SMU by November 1; apply to and audition for Meadows by November 21.

Fall Transfer: Apply to SMU by April 1; apply to and audition for Meadows by early March.

Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your SMU transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied admission requirements. Plan ahead to optimize your possibility of earning an SMU Transfer Scholarship, and check out SMU’s Transfer Equivalency Guides.

Information for International Students:

In addition to your dance audition and Meadows Dance application, please be sure to complete all SMU application checklist items for international students listed here.

3. Click here to submit your Meadows Dance Application and register online for your audition.

Before starting your Meadows application, read through the navigation instructions:

  1. When you click on the “Start Your Meadows Application” button below, it will take you to a page titled “Your Application to SMU.” 
  2. If you have submitted an SMU application and have previously logged in to your personal status page, click on “Log in” under “Returning Users,” using the same username and password.
    • If you have not yet applied to SMU and therefore have not received your SMU personal status page login credentials, see “First-time users” and click on “Create an account” to log in.
  3. After logging in, scroll to the bottom of that page: 
    • Select “Start New Application”
    • In “Select application type,” choose 2021, then in the drop-down menu select “Meadows Dance Application”
    • Click on “Create application,” complete the application and submit.
  4. Registering for your audition:

    • Virtual audition: After you submit your Meadows application, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to go to your status page. There you will find a link to click on to register for your live, virtual audition.
    • Recorded audition: To send in a recorded audition, upload a link to your video(s) in the “Meadows Portfolio/Media” section in the Meadows Dance Application.

Click on the button below to start your Meadows Application.

Start Your Meadows Application

4. Test Optional Policy for students applying for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.

Students applying for admission for Spring 2021 or the following Fall 2021 are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to SMU. Additionally, applicants are considered for academic scholarship whether or not standardized test scores are submitted.

Admission and scholarship decisions are based on many factors including information from applicants’ high school transcript, personal essay, letters of recommendation, and record of personal achievements in addition to SAT or ACT scores. Under this policy, applicants who choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores will be evaluated on the other factors.

For more information, see SMU Undergraduate Temporary Test-Optional Policy FAQs.

5. Apply to SMU.

6. Review the Scholarship and Financial Aid process and submit the CSS Profile and the FAFSA, or, the Meadows Waiver Form as soon as possible.


Want to learn more about SMU Meadows School of the Arts? 

The Meadows Office of Admission and Financial Aid is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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