Video Audition Instructions DANCE

  • Your video should be no longer than 15 minutes.  
  • Begin with a personal introduction that includes for example your name, age, where you’re from and why you want to study dance at UCT.
  • Your video should include a one minute solo, preferably choreographed by you. You may choose to use costumes and props as you see fit but try to keep this to a minimum. We would also like you to describe your solo.
  • Your video should also demonstrate your abilities in two of the following dance disciplines: Contemporary dance, and either ballet or African dance. Ideally, videos should be of you dancing alone. If it is only possible for you to be filmed dancing with others, please describe and identify yourself clearly.

Requirements for contemporary dance (5-10 minutes)

If you have had contemporary dance training, please show examples of the class work that you have been doing. Examples of class work should include a basic warm up, floor work sequences, a travelling combination, and a selection of jumps.

Requirements for African dance (5-10 minutes)

If you have had African dance training, please show examples of the class work that you have been doing. Examples of class work should include a basic warm up, dance sequences/combinations from the corner that display understanding of some of the following elements: coordination; musicality; stamina; individual expressiveness; use of breath; contemporary elements of African dance; movement fluidity and jumps.

Requirements for classical ballet (5-10 minutes)

If you have ballet training video your barre work, some centre practice and pointe work, where applicable. The following structure may be used as a guide:

Barre work (4 minutes maximum) – (keep each exercise to one side only)

  • Pliés/battement tendus & degagés
  • Ronds de jambe á terre​​​​​​​
  • Battement fondus​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Grand battement​​​​​​​

Center work (3 minutes maximum)

  • Port de bras/Adage-(showing 1st arabesque line-leg elevated)
  • Pirouettes- 1 exercise showing pirouette en dehors and en dedans single or double

Allegro – (2 minutes maximum)

  • 1 petit allegro
  • 1 grand allegro

Pointe work – (1 minute maximum)

  • 1 exercise showing relevé in 5th & echappé in 2nd position

Remember:

  • The video does not have to be HD quality, but aim to keep the camera completely still (i.e. no camera movement).
  • You can film on your cellphone camera or a basic digital camera.
  • Your video will not be judged on production value.
  • Keep it as simple as possible.
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