Institute Audition

**2022 Application Submissions Are Closed**

Up to 90 students from around the world will be carefully selected to attend the 2022 Preprofessional Dancer Institute. To be considered, all required audition items, along with the non-refundable $95 audition processing fee, must be completed and received no later than April 15th. 

Acceptance decisions will be made no later than May 7.

All selected students will be required to make a 50% tuition commitment deposit by May 15th in order to secure their admission. The balance of tuition will be due by June 30th. Wait-listed students will be invited after May 15th as space allows.

Please note, it is in your best interest to begin the audition process early since we cannot guarantee that we can respond in a timely manner should you need assistance in completing and submitting your audition materials by the deadline.

Deadline extensions will not be awarded due to delayed email replies from the Preprofessional Dance Institute staff.

Audition Components

COMPONENT 1: A recent professional headshot in color.

It must be at least 300 dpi and less than 1MB.

COMPONENT 2: A one-page personal statement.

It must be  in PDF format and less than one-page.

It must address:

  • your biggest inspiration
  • what you will contribute to the PDI Class of 2022
  • what you’d like to accomplish in your dance career.

COMPONENT 3:  A video submission.

It must be a single video that is edited to include two sections.

VIDEO SECTION #1 is no longer than 30 seconds.

  • A brief close-up shot of your face, from the shoulders up
  • Clearly state your full name, current city; state, region or province; country of residence; and your home studio/school that provides your primary training
  • Provide a brief history of your previous dance training

VIDEO SECTION #2 is a solo that is approximately 90 seconds to 2 minutes maximum in length.

  • A prepared solo, either ballet, modern , or contemporary, to musical accompaniment. The solo needs to be recent, performed in the last 6 months.
  • State the title of the solo, the choreographer, and the composer of the music before performing
  • The solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory
  • The solo should demonstrate your artistic qualities and flow of movement
  • You may record your solo at home or in a dance studio, or submit a performance video

A few points in regards to your video submission:

  • A current solo is highly recommended. If you do not have a current solo (from the last 6 months), you may re-record an older solo or construct an improv. It is important that your video is recent as we will want to see your current technical and artistic aptitude.
  • Although we STRONGLY encourage you to submit studio footage (first preference) or home footage (secondary), we will accept a convention solo video (least preferable) as long as it is from within the last 6 months. Remember: It is to your advantage to use the most recent footage so that it represents how you dance currently.
  • We understand that for some, recording in a studio may be difficult or impossible. You can record at home and it will not be counted against you. Just be sure it is recorded in a clean space without distraction. If the space is small, do your best to still dance full-out and with intention.

Clothing Requirements for Recorded Video:

  • You must be in a unitard, or tights and tight fitting top, or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe your technique
  • Do not wear skirts, loose fitting tee-shirts, leg warmers, or costumes
  • Do not wear jewelry
  • Wear clothing that contrasts with the filming environment so you can clearly be seen and stand out from the background

Important Filming Recommendations:

  • It is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming.
  • Carefully consider your space; ideally, there should be enough room for you to move around.
  • Choose a place with minimal visual distractions for the viewer and as free as possible from ambient sound.
  • Ensure you have adequate lighting, especially from the front and side. Avoid placing yourself in front of a strong light source (for example, a window or an overhead lamp).
  • Be sure you are visible within the frame for the duration of the recording.
  • Do not move the camera around while filming (ie. do not follow the dancer around with the camera). Set it up at a distance far enough to capture the full performance and close enough to capture as much detail as possible.
  • Review your video before submitting to check for playback quality of the image and sound.
  • Professionally recorded video is not required.

COMPONENT 4: A recommendation letter from your studio/school director, or a teacher who knows you well.

Make sure you include updated contact info for the recommender in case follow-up information is needed.


Please remember to save your progress as you complete the various stages of the application. Nothing is submitted until payment is completed, at which point nothing within the application can be changed.

Thank you for applying, and please submit your audition information and materials below. 

If you have any questions, please message us in the chatbox below or email us and we will respond as quickly as we can.