Recruitment Policy & Audition Components

Recruitment Policy

In accordance with the philosophy of the NATIONAL & REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DANCE FESTIVAL, we ask all recruiters to observe the following guidelines:

  • Only official representatives from each college/university and/or summer scholarships may be present at the Auditions. No high school teachers, chaperones, parents, or students are permitted to enter the audition area.
  • Recruiters may distribute information about their schools and dance programs ONLY in the exhibition area.
  • Interviews with individual students should be scheduled in the exhibition area.
  • Recruiters may observe Festival classes, space permitting.
  • Recruiters may attend all concerts.
  • Recruiters may not offer students gifts or favors.
  • No individual on-site auditions are permitted during the Festival.

Audition Policies & Components


  • Auditions are open only to students who have registered prior to the festival NO LATER THAN February 17, 2019.
  • Students must be fully registered and paid as Festival participants.

What to Expect

  • Students will be placed in one of four audition classes as soon as their materials are received.
  • Students from the same school will be scheduled in the same class.
  • Audition classes will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019, beginning at 7:30 am.
  • Each student auditioning will be required to participate in one of the audition classes consisting of both modern and ballet techniques.
  • There may also be a brief improvisational element.
  • A mandatory warm up class will begin 45 minutes prior to each audition class during which students will be given warm-up exercises to prepare them for the ballet and modern aspects of the Scholarship auditions.
  • Each audition class is 60 minutes in length.
  • Auditions will be completed by 4:30 pm.


  • Students should be dressed in appropriate audition attire.
  • No warm-ups or sweats are permitted. It is suggested students wear convertible tights.
  • Ballet slippers are required for the ballet component.
  • Pointe: If you have had at least three years of pointe at an advanced level and feel comfortable wearing pointe shoes for the entire ballet portion of the audition, you are encouraged to do so.
  • Modern: Students must remove shoes for the modern component.

Determining Audition Placement

  • Teachers, please report thoughtfully and carefully for each of your students. The information you provide will be used in determining their placement.
  • Make sure that each student, who will participate in scholarship auditions, is capable of executing the criteria listed below at an advanced level.

Ballet Components and Criteria

  • Students should wear POINTE Shoes if they dance en pointe.
  • There will be NO BARRE component to the auditions.
  • The combination will include the following and will be the same for all auditioning:
    • Adagio – includes extensions moving in and through body positions, port de bras and épaulement.
    • Multiple tours and balances on relevé
    • Petite Allegro including batterie
    • Grand Allegro

Modern Components and Criteria

  • The combination will include the following and will be the same for all auditioning:
    • Spine work: Contractions, spinal succession, tilts
    • Floor work: rolling to, from and on the floor
    • Tilts, spirals, recovery, fall and rebound
    • Combinations with big directional changes, turns, jumps, and floor work
    • Structured improvisation exercise
  • It is anticipated that there will be a brief Improvisational segment