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2016-17 Auditions

For those auditioning this Friday, February 12 please reference:

Allesee Dance Program Audition Schedule
Friday, February 12th in Old Main, 3rd Floor (4841 Cass Avenue)

·      11:00am – 11:30am Registration (assign and take photos)  
     o  Warm and Stretch--Studio C

·      11:30am – 12:50pm Classes and Auditions--Studio A
     o  -Modern/Improv--Biba Bell
     o  -Ballet—Brandon Koepsell
     o  Parents Q&A--Malbin Library
·      1:00pm – 1:45pm African Dance Class--Karen Prall--Studio A
·      1:45pm – 2:15pm Lunch/Chat—Studio C​

·      2:15pm – 2:30pm Tour of Dance Facilities (by Student Reps)
·      2:30pm – 3:30pm Presentation/Performance/Q&A--Allesee Theatre

  For those who have not yet signed up, please plan to attend one of the other two audition times listed below:

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Audition Forms and Info 

All BFA and scholarship applicants are required to submit a short solo (3 minutes maximum) in video form with their audition registration form. This can be a dance style of the applicant’s choice. The strong preference is for the applicant to provide a link to their clip from You Tube or Vimeo.  To upload the clip and submit to Wayne State University please visit your application status page (www.appstatus.wayne.edu).   In the event this is not possible, a DVD may be mailed to the department at:

Dance Auditions
Maggie Allesee Dept. of Theatre and Dance
4841 Cass Ave. Suite 3226
Detroit, MI 48202

Letters of Reference
All students applying to be a dance major at Wayne State University (WSU) our required as part of the application process to submit three (3) letters of reference: personal, teacher, and teacher/employer.  To submit the letters you will be asked to click on “Initiate a Reference” on your application status page (www.appstatus.wayne.edu) and send a short message requesting the reference. When your personal reference replies to the email, the reply will go directly into your online file. When WSU receives the reference, a check mark will appear, indicating that the reference has been received.


Talent Scholarship
The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance offers talent scholarships that cover $20,000 of a student's tuition, over four years. This scholarship is available for students enrolled eight consecutive fall and winter semesters at Wayne State University.
Additional eligibility requirements:
     • You will be graduating from high school in the spring or summer of the current school year with a minimum 2.75 high school grade point average.
     • You are admitted to Wayne State University.
     • You complete one of the competitive auditions listed above.
     • You submit a link (YouTube or Vimeo) to a video clip of you performing a solo (3 minutes maximum length) in a style of your choice to auditions_theatredance@wayne.edu.
     • You submit a completed Department of Theatre and Dance Audition Registration Form
Talent Scholarship Award recipients must meet the following guidelines:
  1. Be a full time student at WSU for eight consecutive semesters carrying 12-16 credits hours during each Fall and Winter term;
  2. Be a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Major in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts for eight semesters, following the Dance Major curriculum;
  3. Maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall and a 3.0 grade point average in dance courses;
  4. Perform every semester for eight consecutive semesters, being a member of one of the WSU Dance Companies for at least two semesters.*
  5. Perform other related activities and events in the Dance Department as requested by the company director(s) or Chair of the department.**
  6. Conduct oneself professionally and respectfully at all times, both on-campus and off-campus, when representing WSU and the Department of Theatre & Dance. ***
  7. Fully abide by the WSU Student Code of Conduct at all times, both on-campus and off-campus, when representing WSU and the Department of Theatre & Dance. ***
  8. Dance majors who have completed 45 credits hours but have not completed Basic Composition (BC) and Math will be placed on department probation and will be ineligible to be cast and perform in dance companies, touring, or repertory (faculty and guest artists) in the courses DNC 5000, DNC 5610, DNC 5800.
  9. Scholarships are renewed contingent upon successful annual review.

* Exceptions are granted by the Chair for Student Teaching, Study Abroad and other special circumstances.
** These may include fundraising activities, donor and sponsor events, or other scholarship related activities.
*** Unprofessional conduct or violation of the WSU Student Code of Conduct is grounds for immediate termination of the scholarship.

Please note: Students who experience difficulty with the above criteria will be placed on probation and may lose their Talent Scholarship.