Dance Department Auditions

Application process for acceptance into Belhaven University and the dance department are two separate items. Apply and submit items for acceptance prior to auditions.

Auditions for Dance Majors and Minors:

November 16, 2019 and February 15, 2020 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The deadlines for registering and submitting required documents, as well as requesting a host student and transportation from and to the airport are November 4, 2019 and February 3, 2020, respectively. On the Fridays before each audition date, the Admissions Office will host Discover Day - a day for you to check out all of Belhaven. During the Friday Discover Day, you have the option to observe or participate in dance classes with current students, meet with faculty, tour the campus, and attend our Dance Department Meeting featuring an informal choreography showcase. We also present main-stage dance concerts during both the November and February audition weekends. Prospective students and their families receive complimentary tickets to the dance concerts on either Friday or Saturday at 7pm.

Our general auditions for admission to the dance major or minor programs and for dance scholarships will be held on the dates posted above. Auditions include ballet technique, pointe (optional), modern technique, and improvisation. Following the audition, prospective students and parents are invited for a Q&A session with dance faculty. Please return your registration form and all required items (see below) by email or postal mail to reserve a spot. You will not have a spot for auditions unless all items have been received by the deadlines posted above. The auditions will take place in our spacious studios on the Belhaven University campus. The Belhaven University Dance Department offers the following programs in Dance: the Minor in Dance, the Bachelor of Arts in Dance, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, the Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Certificate Program and the Dance Apprentice Program for talented high school-age students. Call us at 601-965-1400 should you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

To register for the Dance Audition, please return the following items at your earliest convenience via email to or postal mail to Belhaven University, Dance Dept. 1500 Peachtree St., Box 314, Jackson, MS 39202.

  • Completed Registration Form
  • Completed Pre-Audition Medical History Form
  • A letter of intent (describing why you want to study dance at Belhaven University)
  • A recent headshot (portrait)
  • A photo, in profile, posing in first arabesque en relevé (full body)

Attire: Men should wear a tight fitting t-shirt or leotard, tights, and soft ballet shoes. Women should wear a solid-colored leotard (tank-style without excessive straps), pink tights, and soft ballet shoes. If you are currently on pointe, and have been for more than one year, please bring your pointe shoes and prepare your feet before class begins. For the modern class you should be able to quickly switch to bare feet. Hair should be neat, securely confined, and off the nape of the neck in a bun.

Please don't hesitate to call the dance office at 601-965-1400 or (800) 960-5940 should you have any questions.

Video Audition:

Please submit DVDs or video links by May 1, 2020.

We highly encourage you to visit campus and audition for the Dance Department in-person, but we will also accept a video audition if it will not be possible for you to travel to Jackson. To audition with a video, you will need to download and complete the audition application form and review the compulsory ballet exercises sheet we require every applicant to complete (links provided below). Please read the guidelines carefully to insure the best results possible. Please also include 3-5 minutes of modern/contemporary dance phrases and/or an excerpt of a recent performance. If this is not a solo work, be sure to clearly indicate which one of the dancers is you. All video audition footage must be current (filmed within the last 3 months). If older performance clips are included, please note the month and year.

To audition by video, please return the following items at your earliest convenience via email to or postal mail to Belhaven University, Dance Dept. 1500 Peachtree St., Box 314, Jackson, MS 39202:

Please do not hesitate to call the dance office should you have any questions or concerns at 601-965-1400.

For all applicants, please download:

For video applicants only, please download: