Dance Department Auditions

Application process for acceptance into Belhaven University and the dance department are two separate items. Apply and submit items for acceptance prior to auditions.

Auditions for Dance Majors and Minors:

November 19, 2016 and
February 11, 2017
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The deadlines for registering and turning in required documents, as well as requesting a host student and transportation from and to the airport are November 5, 2016 and January 31, 2017, respectively. Also, the Fridays before each audition date the admission office will host Discover Day - a day for you to check out all of Belhaven.

Our general auditions for admission to the dance tracks and for dance scholarships will be held on the dates posted above. Please send in your registration form and all required items (see below) by regular post mail to reserve a spot. You will not have a spot for auditions unless all items have been received by the deadlines posted above. The auditions will take place in our spacious studios on the Belhaven University campus. The Belhaven University Dance Department offers the following programs in Dance: the Minor in Dance, the Bachelor of Arts in Dance, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Certificate Program and the Dance Apprentice Program for talented high school-age students. Call us at 601-965-1400 should you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please return the completed registration form, a letter of intent (describing why you want to study dance at Belhaven University), and two current photos: a headshot (portrait), and one of you, in profile, posing in first arabesque en relevé (full body) at your earliest convenience. These items should be mailed by regular postal service to Belhaven University, Dance Dept. 1500 Peachtree St., Box 314, Jackson, MS 39202. Returning all these materials will reserve you a spot for the audition!

Attire: Men should wear a tight fitting t-shirt or leotard, tights, and soft ballet shoes. Women should wear a solid-colored leotard (tank-style without excessive straps), pink tights, and soft ballet shoes. If you are currently on pointe, and have been for more than one year, please bring your pointe shoes and prepare your feet before class begins. For the modern class you should be able to quickly switch to bare feet. Hair should be neat, securely confined, and off the nape of the neck in a bun.

If you would like the faculty to see (more) work you have performed at the audition, please leave a clearly labeled video (please make sure it is not a DVD+R) , accompanied by an explanation of the work(s) and a description of what you look like in the piece(s), at the registration table. These videos will be viewed at a later date.

Please don't hesitate to call the dance office at 601-965-1400 or (800) 960-5940 should you have any questions.

Video Audition:

Please submit DVDs by May 1, 2017.

We highly encourage you to visit campus and audition for the Dance Department in-person, but we will also accept a video audition if it will not be possible for you to travel to Jackson. To audition with a video, you will need to download and complete the registration form and review the compulsory exercises sheet we require every applicant to complete (links provided below). Please read the guidelines carefully to insure the best results possible. If you want, you may attach an excerpt of a recent performance. If this is not a solo work, be sure to clearly indicate which one of the dancers is you.

At your earliest convenience please submit the following items- (all items should be mailed as one packet by regular postal mail).

  • the completed video ((you may either email a video link to or mail a DVD; please do not use a DVD+R)
  • the completed Registration form
  • the completed Pre-Audition Medical History form
  • two photos
  • headshot (portrait)
  • profile, in first arabesque en relevé (full body)
  • letter of intent, describing why you want to study dance at Belhaven University

Please do not hesitate to call the dance office should you have any questions or concerns at 601-965-1400.

For all applicants, please download:

For video applicants only, please download: