Dance Auditions for Grades 7

Magnet Overview

Stivers' Dance Magnet provides a wide range of dance experiences including a variety of weekly dance technique classes, visiting artists, interdisciplinary art projects, field trips, and regular performance opportunities. The program is based in the ballet and modern dance techniques; however, students regularly study an array of dance forms such as jazz, tap, African, folk, Latin and pointe as well as explore related and creative dance studies (choreography, dance history, dance notation, repertory, etc.).

Dance is a unique art form; the body is the instrument of expression. It demands discipline, a high level of desire and creativity, and an ability to self-motivate so that natural talents can be fully developed. The individual dancer will work to transform their individual weaknesses into strengths and discover their own artistic voice.

Step-By-Step Audition Process

  1. Candidates will be asked to present a personal introduction that demonstrates confidence, projection, a strong and pleasant focus, and well-prepared content.
  2. Candidates will be given several ballet barre exercises, a modern combination, and a jazz combination.
  3. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate several stretching exercises: splits, straddles, back, and foot.
  4. Candidates will be asked to present a creative movement improvisation.
  5. Candidates will be asked to present a movement phrase in the center and traveling across the floor.
  6. Candidates will be asked to present an improvisational phrase.
  7. A written exercise may be requested that discusses your goals as a dancer and your reasons for wishing to become a part of the Dance Magnet at Stivers.
  8. The student may have interviews with audition adjudicators.

How to Prepare

Audition Scoring

Evaluation of the audition is based on a five-point scale with five points being the highest and one point being the lowest in the following areas: 

The student's abilities in the movement portion of the audition will be evaluated in the following areas: