Applying To The Undergraduate Program in Dance




UCI Undergraduate Application Period:

November 1st - November 30th

Register for ONE Audition Date:


(Fall 2021 audition dates will be posted during summer 2020)


To apply for admission to the UCI Dance Department, first visit the UCI Admissions website for complete details on application procedures and fees.  You must apply online to the University of California by November 30th.

In addition to submitting your application to the UC Admissions Office, you must submit the online Audition Registration Form by [date available summer 2020] to secure your spot in one of the audition dates.  Space is limited, so register early to ensure you can audition on your desired date.  Once you submit the registration form you will receive an email confirmation of your registration and the undergraduate audition packet which contains information on the audition schedule, video submission guidelines, and other important details.


  • Auditions are required for all undergraduate applicants, including incoming freshman and transfer students. Be sure to register for an audition date if you choose Dance as a primary or alternate major. Schedule your audition between November 1st - December 19th
  • Applicants must have submitted the UC application and paid the appropiate fees in order to register for an auditions. You will be required to inlcude your UC application number in order to register for an audition.
  • ONLY register for one audition date, duplicate registration will be automatically cancelled.
  • DO NOT make travel arrangements (lodging and airfare) until you have recevied an audition confirmation from the department, we will not accomodate audition changes after reigstration is confirmed.
  • Resumes, photos, and letters of recommendation are not required and WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • VIDEO AUDITIONS ONLY: Strict adherence to the video guidelines is required to ensure consideration for admittance to the program. All video auditions must be postmarked no later than [date will be posted summer 2020] for consideration. NOTE: the video guidelines will be emailed to the applicant once the Video Registration Form has been submitted.

All inquiries and/or cancellation notices must be directed to

Incoming Freshmen Students

As well as satisfying University of California subject requirements for undergraduate admission (consult the UCI General Catalogue for details), applicants to the Dance department must demonstrate technical accomplishment and creative promise to succeed in the major. You are encouraged to develop abilities in one or more dance techniques such as ballet, modern, jazz and ethnic dance forms. The department holds annual entrance auditions for potential freshmen during winter quarter prior to acceptance to the Dance Department in the ensuing fall quarter. Additionally, placement examinations are required of all entering dance majors. Placement examinations are given during Welcome Week in fall quarter and determines which levels of ballet, modern, and jazz classes the student will take.

See the the UCI General Catalogue curriculumn details.

Transfer Students

Ideal lower-division preparation for transfer consists of coursework that blends University of California admission requirements, degree requirements of the school and major of your choice, and the general education plan best suited to your interests and goals. Design your schedule to accomplish the following:

1. Satisfy general University of California requirements for admission as a transfer student. You may find more information on the University of California Transfer website.

2. Work toward completing your general education requirements. For students majoring in Dance, it is useful to complete your general education courses prior to transfer by way of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) if you are transferring from a California community college. Completion of general education courses will allow you to focus on the courses required for your major once you transfer here.

3. Work toward meeting the lower-division requirements of your school and major. If you plan to transfer to UCI in your junior year to major in Dance, we recommend that you take the courses listed below prior to transfer:

  • An approved one-year sequence in English composition
  • Basic training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance technique

4. If courses in the following areas are available at your college, completing them will afford you additional strong preparation for the Dance major at UCI:

  • One course in music for dancers
  • One course in injury prevention
  • One course in Improvisation and Introduction to Choreography
  • One year of Dance History

5. All transfer students must attend the entrance audition in the winter prior to acceptance to the Dance major in the ensuing fall quarter. After admission, transfer students must also participate in the placement auditions during welcome week in the fall. This placement level will determine the minimum number of years it will take to complete departmental requirements for the Dance major.

6. To ensure that you are taking the appropriate courses to facilitate your transfer to the UCI Dance Department, work closely with your college counselor, or contact the UCI Office of Admissions.


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