Studiodance II 2019To be eligible for admission to the BFA or BA program, you must complete the university application and audition for Dance at Illinois. Once you have completed both steps, the Office of Admissions and the Department of Dance make a joint decision regarding your acceptance into the BFA or BA program.

Application Process

  1. Complete the university's online application. You will be required to submit your high school transcripts, your ACT/SAT test scores, and an application fee before being considered for academic review.
  2. Register for one of the audition dates below. 

Audition Information

The audition is designed to give our faculty members a comprehensive view of your technical and creative abilities and help them learn about your background and interests in the dance field. Please plan to arrive early to warm up and prepare for the audition class on the morning of your audition.

2019–2020 Audition and Open House Dates

Monday, October 14, 2019 (audition): Register

Friday–Saturday, November 8–9, 2019 (open house and audition): Register

Saturday, January 25, 2020 (audition at Dovetail Studios, 2853 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago): Register

Monday, February 17, 2020 (audition): Register

The audition consists of:

  1. Technique class with ballet, modern technique, and a guided improvisation.
  2. Solo composition showing a piece you have choreographed. The solo, no more than three minutes long, should be designed to demonstrate your creativity and show your abilities as a performer. We are not interested in seeing technical tricks as much as seeing your individuality and sense of self in your performance. The solo can be performed in silence or with music. Music must be on an MP3 player. No CDs.
  3. Interview with faculty members. In this small group setting, you have a chance to discuss your experiences, interests, and goals and ask questions about our program.

How to Dress

Please wear dance clothing that shows the lines of your body, such as leotards and tights or dance pants for women and a t-shirt and dance pants for men. If you have long hair, it should be pulled back. You will need ballet slippers for the ballet combinations and bare feet for the modern portion of the audition.

Open House

Each year our auditions in November and February are linked with open houses held the day before. These daylong events let you take or observe classes, meet students and faculty members, and attend one of our performances. We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know us and our program!


We strongly encourage you to attend an on-campus audition if at all possible. We would like to meet you and observe your work in person, and you will be able to see whether our program is a good fit for you. If you are unable to travel to campus for an audition, you may submit a video audition through Acceptd

Notification of Results

Early Action Deadline: Will be announced at a later date.

Regular Admission Deadline: Will be announced at a later date.

Financial Aid

If you audition in October, November, or February, you will automatically be considered for a Talented Student Tuition Award. March applicants may be eligible also if funds are still available. These awards are granted to auditioning students who demonstrate an unusually high level of talent and potential, and they cover four years of study in our program, provided the recipient remains a student in good standing. These awards are applied directly toward your tuition bill and cannot be applied toward fees or charges for room and board. Other awards, scholarships, grants, and loans are available, and employment opportunities through the Federal Work-Study Program and on and off campus can help you fund your education. Get more information from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Transfer Applications

Transfer students are welcome to apply. The audition process is the same as the one for entering freshmen. The length of study for transfer students is determined on an individual basis and depends on technical level, rate of technical and creative development, and number of transferable courses.

Audition Schedule

Once you have signed up for an audition date, you will receive a detailed audition schedule.

20192020 Audition Dates

Monday, October 14, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday, January 25, 2020–at Dovetail Studios, 2853 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago

Monday, February 17, 2020

Sample Schedule for November and February

Friday Open House
8:158:45 Registration
9:0010:30 Modern technique class
10:4511:30 Tour of Krannert Center
11:3012:30 Observe modern technique classes
12:301:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:302:30 Orientation
2:303:30 Reception for students
Financial aid presentation for parents/guardians
3:304:30 February Dance talk
7:30 February Dance
Saturday Audition
9:009:30 Registration and warm-up
9:3011:45 Audition class
11:4512:45 Audition solos
12:451:45 Interviews with faculty


Sample Schedule for March

9:009:30 Registration and warm-up
9:3011:45 Audition class
12:0012:30 Observe intermediate/advanced modern class and view concert videos
1:302:30 Audition solos
2:303:15 Interviews with faculty


"Teaching was always my passion and the dance department gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to grow our school to nearly 400 students in 5 years."

—Andrea Fenwick Trench (BFA 2004), co-owner of Elite Dance Academy