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2021 Dance

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DeeAnna Hiett and Michael Blake



Dance students will receive an intensive education with five hours of daily classes and rehearsals in both ballet and modern dance; therefore, students must be adaptable to both styles. Instruction will include advanced ballet and modern technique, variations, and repertoire. Other forms of dance, partnering/pas de deux class, composition, improvisation, and supplemental classes or seminars may also be incorporated into instructional sessions at the discretion of the instructor(s). Students will rehearse for and dance in a final performance at the conclusion of OSAI. Up to 20 dance students are accepted.

Requirements for Applicants

1. Create an account and complete an online application. (If you have applied to OSAI before, you can log in to an existing account.)

2. Read the guidelines and tips below to prepare your audition video. Watch the provided videos to learn the required combinations and familiarize yourself with the solo prompts described below.

3. Create a video of yourself performing the required ballet combinations, the required modern dance combinations, and the two 30-second solos based on the required prompts. Video uploads are limited to 1 GB.

4. Log back in to your online account to upload your audition video no later than noon on Friday, March 19.

Begin an application or log in here

Dance Audition Components & Requirements

Applicants are required to learn and perform the eight combinations as taught in the video linked below, as well as two prompted solos. Audio tracks for each combination and the two solos are also provided below. Final video submissions should be approximately 10 minutes in length. To ensure auditions are as blind as possible, applicants may not introduce themselves or give any other identifying information in their video recording.
We recommend recording in a proper dance studio with a sprung floor and plenty of space to dance full out. However, audition scores will not be affected should an applicant record in their home, outdoors or a combination of spaces. 
For help finding a suitable location in which to record an audition video, for assistance in compiling audition footage into a single recording, or for assistance accessing technology to record or upload the audition, applicants should contact or 405.605.7500.
Audition components:
  1. Plies, tendus, rond de jambes, and developpes at the barre
  2. Degages, frappes, grand battements at the barre
  3. Pirouettes
  4. Petit allegro
  5. Tombes, lunges, drop swings
  6. Tendus, contractions, hinges
  7. Grand battements and triplets across the floor
  8. Jumps and floor work
  9. Two contrasting 30-second solos (to be performed in a single take)
Ballet and Modern Combinations
In the video linked below, an instructor and professional dancer break down and demonstrate each of the eight required combinations from multiple angles and with voiceover instructions and notes from the instructor. After opening the video, tap or click "See More" below the video player to access timestamp links to jump from combination to combination.
The Spotify playlist linked below contains the accompaniment for each combination. Applicants who do not use Spotify may find tracks are available on Apple Music, YouTube, or other streaming services. While applicants are not required to use the exact tracks outlined here, it is highly recommended, as these tracks have been selected for appropriate tempo and length.
Two contrasting, 30-second solos
In the first 30-second solo, dancers must explore angular shapes and movement (i.e., triangles, squares, shapes with straight lines and corners). The second 30-second solo must explore circular shapes and movement (i.e., no corners or sharp angles). These must be original solos, not previously choreographed or performed. Applicants are welcome to create new choreography for these solos or improvise, as long as they follow the given prompts. Applicants must use the audio track provided below. The first 30-second solo (angular shapes) will be performed in silence, and the second 30-second piece (circles) will be performed to the provided music. The audio track gives a cue and 8 counts to transition from the first solo into the second, so applicants will not have to worry about timing yourself, starting and stopping the camera and sound, etc.
Example Audition Video Submission

Mandatory Audition Attire

Dancewear requirements are specified below. Applicants are expected to present a neat, professional appearance.


Black leotards, pink or skin tone transition tights and long hair pulled back and secured off the face. For the ballet combinations, wear soft shoes. For the modern dance combinations, bare feet are required. Either bare feet or soft shoes are acceptable for the solos. (No socks, please!)


White t-shirt, black transition tights, long hair pulled back and secured off the face. For the ballet combinations, black shoes are required. For the modern dance combinations, bare feet are required. Either bare feet or ballet shoes are acceptable for the solos. (Please do not dance in socks, unless you are wearing them with your ballet shoes.)

Video Recording Guidelines and Tips

Face the primary light souce in your room/studio (e.g. a window) to ensure you are well lit from the front. The darkest part of the room should be behind you.

Camera position:

  • Position your camera so that your entire body is visible for the duration of the video.
  • If possible, position your camera at eye level; too low or too high may skew the judges' perspective of your body.
  • For barre work, the camera should record your profile (from one side). For center combinations, the camera should record you from the front.

You may create separate videos for each component of the audition, but they should be spliced together to create a single video before submitting. Your final video should be approximately 10 minutes long. Each audition component should be unedited. (I.e., the ballet and modern dance combinations can each be shot separately; the solos should be shot in a single take.) Please do not add filters, text or other effects or unnecessary edits to your recording. If you are recording with a phone, Videoshop is a free, easy-to-use video editing app available for iOS and Android devices.

Once you are ready to submit your audition video, do not worry about your file name. The OSAI application portal will automatically rename the file for you.

As previously stated, if you need help finding a suitable location in which to create your audition video, if you need assistance in compiling your footage into a single recording, or if you do not have access to adequate technology for recording or uploading your audition, please contact or 405.605.7500.


Judging Criteria

Please note: Auditions for all disciplines are as blind as possible, meaning that judges will not have applicants' names, ages, hometowns, etc. Dance judges must see you in order to score your audition, but they will have no other identifying information about you.
Ballet combinations – 30%
How consistently does the dancer demonstrate mastery of ballet technique through body alignment, movement efficiency, strength, control and use of breath? How successfully does the dancer perform the required combinations as directed?
Modern combinations – 30%
How consistently does the dancer demonstrate mastery of modern dance technique through body alignment, movement efficiency, strength, control and use of breath? How successfully does the dancer perform the required combinations as directed?
Solos – 10%
To what extent does the dancer make artful, creative use of the provided movement prompts and the space in which they are dancing? Does the dancer captivate attention?
Musicality – 15%
To what extent does the dancer engage with and make artful use of the music?
Artistry – 15%
To what extent does the dancer captivate attention and demonstrate the potential for artistic achievement?
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Funding for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute dance program is generously provided, in part, by the ConocoPhillips and Kerr Foundation Dance Endowment Funds.