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Calling all dancers to the stage

Kaicie Boeglin


Picture via Kate Noel

Auditions for the Rhode Island College dance program are right around the corner. The RIC dance program offers a B.A. in dance performance and a minor in dance. To qualify for acceptance into the dance program, applicants must be admitted to the college and successfully complete an audition.

The auditions for the 2022-2023 academic year will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11:00 a.m., and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11:00 a.m. The dance instructors recommend that those auditioning arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork.

Dancers who aspire to audition should be prepared to partake in a 60-minute dance class that will consist of ballet and modern dance. This gives aspiring dancers a dose of what the dance and performing arts department is like at RIC. The auditions will be held in the Melcer Dance Studio on campus.

Dancers need to wear form fitting clothing that shows the curves of the body. Please do not come in oversized or baggy clothing. The RIC Department of Music, Theater and Dance does not and will not discriminate against any person for any reason. Dancers will need both ballet slippers and bare feet for the audition.

To prepare for the audition dancers will need to gather a headshot and two pictures of themselves in different dance poses. The two photos of dance poses should show the lines of the body, for example arabesque, tendu, attitude, etc. Each dancer will need a letter from their own point of view stating why the RIC dance program is of interest to them. Every dancer will be asked to do a 1-2 minute solo as their audition. The solo can be in any dance style, although the program asks for no tap auditions. Dancers need to supply their own music via CD or smartphone compatibility.

All incoming and current RIC students interested in the dance program are encouraged to schedule an audition. Dancing is a therapeutic form of expression that could lead into a potential career if given the chance to blossom. Students that become dancers with the RIC Dance Company end up on a path with a twofold purpose: earning and investing in professional dance training and performance opportunities, while accepting involvement with the local, regional and national dance communities.



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