Department Auditions

CSULB Dance Major Auditions

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all auditions for the dance major should be submitted via video. 

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the CSULB Dance major.  The second step in becoming a dance major at CSULB is to take the CSULB Dance entrance audition.  CSULB Dance is seeking dynamic and distinctive movers and thinkers who are dedicated to the pursuit of a degree in dance. Preparation for admittance into our department comes in many forms: broad academic preparation, continual study of numerous forms of dance (with emphasis on contemporary/modern dance, jazz, ballet, and hip hop), performance experience, and exposure to dance as creative and expressive art form. While we look at a dancer’s technique and training during our dance auditions, we also look at the individual. We seek students who are dedicated to learning and open to new ways of exploring and studying dance.

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), CSULB Dance offers training in numerous levels. Preparatory levels include Introduction, Beginning, and Intermediate; Dance Major levels include Levels I, II, III, and IV Technique.

Prospective dance majors for all of our degree paths participate in the audition process. 

Freshman and Transfer Students interested in applying to the dance major for Fall 2021 should submit their application materials, including the video audition no later than TBD. Please email dance@csulb.edu after October 1, 2020  to request instructions and a link to the audition video.

Spring 2021 Transfer Students should submit their application materials, including the video audition no later than October 12, 2020.    Please email dance@csulb.edu after August 24, 2020 to request instructions and a link to the audition video.

Current CSULB students who want to become a dance major have two opportunities to submit video auditions for the dance major. Please email dance@csulb.edu to request instructions and a link to the audition video.

  • For Fall 2020 entry to the major, please submit your application and video submission no later than 4pm on August 17, 2020.
    • Please note, we are updating the audition video.  It should be available no later than July 31, 2020.
  • For Spring 2021 entry to the major, please submit your application and video submission no later December 1, 2020.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions. Email dance@csulb.edu

Minor Technique Screening

The Minor Technique Screening (MTS) allows Dance Minors to enroll in major-level technique classes and to audition for and participate in department concerts. If a dance minor is interested in taking other dance major-only courses, permission from the instructor of the course is required. Students passing the MTS should be aware that the first day of each semester also involves a screening process to assure that all students are enrolled in the appropriate level of dance technique. In general, students should plan to remain at the same level of technique for two semesters.

Once passing the MTS and taking major-level technique classes, a student has one year to successfully add the Minor in Dance to their program of study at CSULB or will be disallowed from continuing to take major-level technique and auditioning for concerts. Please contact Dance Undergraduate Advisor Kirsten Sumpter (kirsten.sumpter@csulb.edu) for assistance.

The Minor Technique Screening is just like the freshman audition.  Due to COVID-19, we will not have in person auditions in the Fall 2020, instead we will ask for video audition submissions.  Please email dance@csulb.edu and request instructions and a link to the audition video.