BA (Hons) Dance – audition guidance and preparation

Please note all applicant interviews/auditions will now take place by Skype or Zoom. If you have already booked an interview or audition with us, please be assured we will be in contact to offer an alternative arrangement. Our Admissions Team is here to support you and answer any questions you may have. You can give us a call on +44 (0)1752 585858 or drop us an email at admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Once you’ve applied for the course you’ll be contacted by our admissions staff, offering you a choice of different audition dates. These dates will be between 12 November and 31 May.

The audition

The auditions are broken down into two sections, first the two to three minute solo choreography performance and finally the 20–30 minute interview. We will ask you to send us a video link (we suggest vimeo link and password protected) of your recorded performance of the two to three minute solo choreography. This video link should be sent three working days prior to your interview date to R.Way@plymouth.ac.uk.

Then you will be sent an invitation for the 20–30 minute interview via Zoom conducted by a member of our dance staff.

Further details:

Your two to three minute solo performance:

Please prepare a two to three minutes (maximum of three minutes) contemporary dance solo of your own choreography. This can be performed with or without music.

Tips

  • Please wear dance clothing you feel comfortable in and dance in bare feet unless there is a medical problem and then just let us know.
  • Breathe and remember not to rush so you can complete each movement to reach its full expression.
  • Don’t position yourself too close to your audience at the start of your piece, there will be time beforehand for you to rehearse and consider the full use of the performance space.
  • Consider how you engage your audience, for as well as observing your potential as a skilled dancer, we are very interested in you, your creativity and individual qualities. Performance is about communication and dance can be uplifting and moving to watch.
  • Choose your music carefully, music with a relentless beat and songs with words, which have no direct connection to the content of the piece can dominate and detract from your performance and your original intention.

Your interview:

This is a 20 - 30 minute interview conducted by a member of our dance staff. Each candidate will be asked the same set of interview questions and this is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have at the end of the interview.

Please come prepared to talk about ….

  • Your passion for dance and career aspirations.
  • Why you are interested in this dance degree and what it offers.
  • A contemporary dance piece that has inspired you and why.
  • What role can dance and movement play in our lives.
  • The practical skills and understanding you think are important for a dancer pursuing a dance career today.
  • What you will bring to our working environment at Plymouth Conservatoire.