About Graduate Auditions

Texas Woman's University Department of Dance Graduate Auditions and Interviews

Modern Technique Class

Applicants will participate in a technique class. The technique class will be Modern level III or IV (level depends on scheduling).

Teaching a Phrase

The purpose of this portion of the audition is for applicants to demonstrate their ability to communicate movement ideas, qualities, and technical aspects of a movement combination designed for a technique class. Each applicant will have ten minutes maximum to teach. You are not required to use the entire ten minutes, unless necessary to accomplish your teaching goal. You will have an accompanist who improvises and plays piano and percussion.  Before teaching the phrase, you will be asked to briefly explain the purpose or objective of the combination and the intended technique level.  During your teaching we will evaluate your ability to:

  • Use images to express qualitative aspects of the phrase.
  • Clearly explain and demonstrate movement.
  • Use your voice effectively.
  • Utilize safe teaching practices.
  • Integrate verbal cues with moving to maintain an appropriate teaching pace.
  • Communicate with the accompanist.
  • Cue the accompanist and dancers.

The choreography of your phrase will be evaluated only in terms of its appropriateness for the indicated technique level and consistency with your stated objectives.

While this portion of the audition is required for everyone, it will be given special consideration for those who are applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Solo Performance

Solos should be 3 - 5 minutes in length.  They may be a complete work or an excerpt from a larger work. Choreography may be your own or that of another choreographer, however, applicants for the M.F.A. choreography program should perform a solo of their own choreography. Our sound system includes a CD player and cable for smart phone, laptop or tablet devices.

The solo performance is optional for M.A. applicants. Please let the Recruitment Coordinator know if you are an M.A. applicant and would like to perform a solo.

Travel Information

Travel by Air to Denton

Denton is located 25 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  There are several affordable shuttles that will pick you up at your baggage claim area and bring you directly to TWU.

Travel by Car to Denton

Denton is located 40 miles north of Dallas.  From Interstate 35 take Exit 469, University Dr. (U.S. Highway 380).  Go east on University Dr. toward the high-rise buildings.  Take a right from University Drive onto Bell Avenue.  The Dance Department (DGL) is located at 1514 Bell Avenue.   The TWU campus is approximately 2.5 miles east of Interstate 35.

Department of Dance

The Department of Dance is located in the Dance and Gymnastics Laboratory building (Building 62, DGL) at the intersection of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. To see a map of the campus and our facilities, please visit: http://www.twu.edu/dance/location-and-facilities/.