Who Should Audition

FOR Washington University Dance THEATRE: 

All students enrolled in dance classes at Washington University, regardless of level, are encouraged to audition; non-majors and non-minors of the dance program are also strongly encouraged to audition.    

FOR Washington University Dance COLLECTIVE: 

All members of the Wash U community (including faculty, staff, alumni, etc.) are welcome to audition.  

When Are Auditions

Washinton University Dance Theatre: COALESCENCE auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 3 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  

WUDance Collective: Panorama auditions will take place on Thursday, September 5  from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

For ALL auditions, we recommend you show up at least 15 minutes early to pick up your number, make sure we have your audition form, and warm up. 

Where Are Auditions

Dance auditions will be held in the Annelise Mertz Dance Studio, in the Mallinkrodt Center. Click here to download a Danforth Campus Map.

Dance auditions will be held in the Annelise Mertz Dance Studio, in the Mallinkrodt Center. Click here to download a Danforth Campus Map.

How to Sign Up

First, make sure you have thoroughly read through the show information for each production (available by clicking on the title of the production on the Season Calendar page).  Then, just click here to sign up for WUDT Auditions and click here to sign up for WUDC Auditions!  You will receive a reminder email two days before.  Walk-ups are accepted, but we highly encourage you to sign-up for a number ahead of time! Any problems? Email aesoll@wustl.edu

Once you have signed up you will know your audition number to put on your audition form. Next you can complete your audition form for the appropriate show(s) by clicking on the tab(s) above and entering your information.  Please fill it out no less than 24 hours before your audition.  Hard copies of the audition form will be available at auditions for those who are unable to fill theirs out in advance online.  

What to Expect at WUDT Auditions

Dancers are selected through an open call audition by resident faculty choreographers on the primary audition night. 

Dancers will have the opportunity to audition for many choreographers. Each choreographer will audition individually, one at a time and will provide guidance and advice about what to do and what they are looking for in their casting choices.

Dancers are encouraged to participate all the auditions, but you may choose to sit down if you prefer not to audition for a particular dance.  

Audition will last approximately 2-3 hours.

What to Wear

Dancers are requested to dress in clothing appropriate for movement in a wide range of styles, including ballet, jazz and modern.  Shoes are optional for most auditions; Ballet and Jazz shoes may be beneficial for certain dances, but are not required. Knee pads are welcomed if the dancer prefers and may provide additional comfort for some styles of movement.

What to Bring

In addition to your dance clothing, we recommend you bring an additional warmth layer in case you feel cold before or in between dances. A water bottle with cap is also recommended to keep hydrated. Light packable food, such as powerbars may also be appropriate if needed to maintain blood sugar level during a long period of physical exertion.