SUMMER DANCE EXPERIENCE 2020
2020 AUDITION DATES
Acceptance into the program is made by video audition, Mercyhurst University dance alumni recommendation, or by in-person audition for acceptance and scholarship consideration on the following dates:
- Monday, January 20, 1-3 p.m. (registration at 12:30 p.m.)
Mercyhurst University, Zurn Hall danceSpace, 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546
- Sunday, February 2, 1-3 p.m. (registration at 12 p.m.)
Canton Ballet, 1001 Market Ave N., Canton, OH 44702
- Sunday, February 9, 2-4 p.m. (registration at 1 p.m.)*
Spotlight Dance Studio, 1101 Peninsula Dr., Erie, PA 16506
*Please note that the above audition date is only for students of Spotlight Dance Studio.
- Saturday, February 15, 3-5 p.m. (registration at 2 p.m.)
Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, 5358 Royalwood Rd., Cleveland, OH 44133
- Pittsburgh and Buffalo dates coming soon!
The discounted fee for pre-registering to audition (either in person or via video) is $30. The fee for registration on-site is $40, cash only. Students are strongly encouraged to pre-register.
What should I wear for my audition?
Women should wear a black leotard as well as tights in the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable. In addition, women will need both technique and pointe shoes. Men should wear black tights and a white t-shirt.
If I have a birthday between auditions and the start of the program, which age group should I audition with?
The audition that a student attends should be determined by the student’s age on the day of the audition. Even if the student will be a different age by the time of the actual program, they should audition with the age group they are at the time of the audition.
If my child will be 10 years old at the time of the audition but will turn 11 by the time the program begins, is she/he eligible?
Yes, all students who were born on or before July 6, 2009 are eligible to audition. Students who are 10 years old during the audition should register for the youngest audition group being offered for their city.
What if I am unable to attend an audition in-person?
Attending an audition in person is strongly encouraged. If you are not able to attend one of our auditions, however, you may submit a video audition. Please review the video audition guidelines on the audition application before submitting.
What do I need to do to prepare for my audition?
Students should arrive at the appointed time and location wearing the appropriate dance attire (see above). No headshots or resumes will be accepted. If a student did not pre-register for the audition, they should also have $40 in cash. While students may register on the day of the audition, all students are highly encouraged to pre-register.
Do women need to be on pointe to audition and be eligible for SDE?
No. Although pointe is a core part of the curriculum for all women enrolled in SDE, students who are not ready for pointe work may take class off pointe.
When will my child be notified of the audition result?
Audition results will be sent out within five business days of the audition. Any student who does not hear back within five business days is encouraged to check any spam folders before reaching out to email@example.com.
My child wasn’t accepted to the program. May I audition again?
No. Students are not eligible to audition more than once per year. Furthermore, students may only audition in one manner: in person or via a video submission. Students are, however, welcome and encouraged to audition for SDE in future years.
May I request and receive feedback from my child’s audition?
Due to the number of participants in our audition tour, we are unable to provide individual feedback.
Summer Dance Experience
8:30 – 10:00 Conditioning/Modern/Improvisation
10:15 – 12:15 Ballet/pointe/men’s technique
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop
2:45 – 4:15 Repertoire
4:30 – 5:30 Seminars
Young Dancer Program
8:30 – 10:00 Ballet/pointe/men’s technique
10:15 – 11:45 Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Conditioning/Modern
2:45 – 4:15 Modern/Improvisation
4:30 – 5:30 Seminars
Faculty schedule coming soon!