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DeeAnna Hiett and Michael Blake

2021 DANCE INSTRUCTORS

 

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. 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. Audition spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.

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.

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.

Audition Tips

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.

Females:
  • 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
Males:
  • 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

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 technique – 25%
How consistently does the dancer demonstrate mastery of ballet technique through body alignment, movement efficiency, strength, control and use of breath?
Modern dance technique – 25%
How consistently does the dancer demonstrate mastery of modern dance technique through body alignment, movement efficiency, strength, control and use of breath?
Musicality – 15%
To what extent does the dancer engage with and make artful use of the music?
Retention of choreography – 10%
How quickly and proficiently is the dancer able to master the choreography?
Disposition/Personal Appearance – 10%
Is the dancer polite, focused, and professional in appearance?
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.