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
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1. Complete an online application and schedule your audition no later than noon the weekday before your desired audition date. See dates in right side bar or view full audition schedule here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule their audition on the earliest possible date they are available to ensure there are rescheduling opportunities remaining in the audition season, if they have to cancel their audition due to illness.
2. Read guidelines below to prepare for your audition class.
3. Arrive at your audition at least 15 minutes early to check in and warm up.
Due to the continued prevalence of the COVID-19 virus and recent surge of the Omicron variant in Oklahoma, the following special precautions will be taken in order to keep all applicants, facilitators, guests, and staff members safe during in-person auditions:
- Only one guest may accompany an OSAI applicant into the audition site’s registration and waiting areas. (All other guests must wait outside or in their vehicle.) As always, guests are not permitted in the audition room during an applicant’s audition.
- OSAI applicants, guests, facilitators, and staff members are expected to wear face masks upon entry into all audition sites, during check-in, and during waiting times. (Audition facilitators will instruct applicants to remove their mask when their audition begins.)
- If an OSAI applicant becomes sick prior to their audition, OAI staff must be notified immediately. Applicants who test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit symptoms of contagious illness will not be allowed to attend in-person auditions. OAI staff will make every reasonable effort to reschedule applicants who are sick and, therefore, unable to attend their auditions. Likewise, applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule their audition on the earliest possible date they are available to ensure there are rescheduling opportunities remaining in the audition season, if they have to cancel their audition due to illness. For questions or to arrange for accommodations due to illness, please contact the OAI office: 405.605.7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of our community!
What to Expect at Your Audition
The audition is a two-hour master class consisting of one hour of ballet, followed by one hour of modern dance. The dance studio will be open 30 minutes prior to the assigned start time.
The ballet portion of the audition will consist of a traditional ballet barre and center exercises. Due to time constraints, pointe exercises will not be given during the audition class. (Upon acceptance, attending students will be asked about their pointe training which will be shared with OSAI instructors to inform lesson plans.)
The modern portion of the audition will consist of warm-up, center combinations, movement phrases across the floor, and improvisation. Applicants will be given a prompt for the improvisation portion of the audition.
A camera operator and a dance instructor will be in the audition studio, but they will not be scoring the auditions. Auditions will be video recorded live and sent to judges for scoring at a later date. Judges will NOT be present at the audition.
Dance auditions occur after the long winter break. Please take as many technique classes as possible during the break so you are at your best. Judges will be looking for dancers who are versatile, so you are encouraged to take a variety of classes in preparation for your audition.
Arrive at the audition early so you may become familiar with the studio, check in, prepare, and warm up.
Dancewear requirements are specified below. Plan your dancewear well in advance of the audition. Wear it for a technique class prior to the audition to be certain it is comfortable and flattering. You want to present a neat, professional appearance.
Before the audition, please tell the instructor about any recent or chronic injuries so they can help you take appropriate precautions and inform the audition judges.
During the audition, if you don’t understand a combination or direction, raise your hand and ask the instructor to repeat the information.
Approach the audition as an opportunity to take a class from a new instructor. Judges want to see your movement and performance qualities, as well as your technique, so do your best to enjoy the experience!
Mandatory Audition Attire
Dancewear requirements are specified below. Applicants are expected to present a neat, professional appearance.
- Black leotard
- Pink or skin tone transition tights
- Soft shoes for the ballet portion of the audition, barefoot for the modern portion
- Long hair pulled back and secured off the face
- White t-shirt
- Black transition tights
- Black shoes for the ballet portion of the audition, barefoot for the modern portion
- Long hair pulled back and secured off the face