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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Thank you for your interest in applying to the LACHSA Dance Department!  Please review the following requirements for applying to our department.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The requirements below are subject to change.

  • All auditions, callbacks and/or portfolio reviews will be done in person unless otherwise noted and are subject to change for health and/or safety guidelines. 

IMPORTANT DATES

January 13, 2023:

  • LACHSA's Online Application Submission Due Date

 

February 5 or  February 12, 2023:

  • Auditions

March 10, 2023:

  • Decision Letters Emailed

The LACHSA Dance Department is an intense four-year program and is recommended for entry in the ninth grade. However, consideration will be given to incoming tenth grade students who can demonstrate exceptional potential and first-year equivalent training. Training may come from another arts high school, community school, private studio, or comparable institution.

LACHSA Dance looks for a student who has the potential for success in the department. This may not be the student with the most training, but the student who demonstrates a passion for dance and wants to study all aspects of the art form.  The student must be mature enough to handle the rigors of both the arts and academics and possess a capacity for sustained focus and concentration. In addition, the student should display a strong commitment to pursue a career in dance.

OVERVIEW   |  APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP ONE

Fully complete and submit the LACHSA online application by January 13, 2023.

STEP TWO

You will need a

1-minute dance solo in any style of your choice. This will be performed live at the audition.

STEP THREE

Look at the three videos below in preparation for the live audition.

STEP FOUR

Show up on time to the audition in dance clothes or form fitting athletic-wear. Ballet slippers are required.*

*If you have difficulty obtaining ballet slippers, please reach out so we can help provide accommodations.

Please allow ample time to submit your online application and upload any required materials. Late or incomplete online applications will not be considered. Time and schedule for auditions to be determined by the number of applicants.  Audition day and time for each dancer will be assigned randomly. Dancers will audition on one day only, not both. Unfortunately, we cannot take requests for a specific day or time but please contact us if you have extenuating circumstances. All auditions and/or callbacks will be held in person unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE - Auditions are granted only if all general requirements for attending LACHSA have been met. 

WHAT TO EXPECT   |  DANCE AUDITION

Here's what to expect when you arrive on the day of your audition:

DANCER

CHECK-IN

DANCER

WARM-UP

GROUP AUDITION

INDIVIDUAL

SOLOS

SHORT

INTERVIEW

PART 1: 
BALLET

All students participate in a group audition. The group audition is conducted as follows:

  • Students participate in short ballet exercises at the barre to warm up.

  • The teacher will demonstrate center exercises and answer questions to clarify.

  • Dancers will perform a similar combination in small groups.

Sample video (click arrows to expand):

PART 2:
MODERN

All students participate in a group audition. The group audition is conducted as follows:

  • Students will learn one modern combination.

  • The teacher will demonstrate this combination, clarify the movement, and answer questions as needed.

  • Dancers will perform a similar combination in small groups.

Sample video (click arrows to expand):

PART 3:
IMPROV

Students will also participate in the following:

  • Student will perform a 16 count improvisation at the end of the modern combination in small groups.

  • Modern combination will be similar to the one below.

Sample video (click arrows to expand):

PART 4: SOLO & INTERVIEW

  • Student will perform one choreographed solo in any style.

  • Solo dance should highlight the student's strengths, musicality, and performance quality.

  • Solo dance must be between 45 seconds and 1 minute in length.

  • Student must have music ready to play on their phone.

  • Student will have a brief interview following their solo. 

DRESS CODE   |  DANCE

Applicants are expected to wear appropriate dance wear:

  • Students should wear dance clothes or form-fitting athletic-wear.

  • Ballet slippers are required.

  • No watches or dangling jewelry.

 

Sample Photos:

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EVALUATION CRITERIA   |  DANCE

Applicants will evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Natural movement facility

  • Coordination

  • Strength and flexibility

  • Musicality

  • Ability to take and apply direction

  • Expressiveness through movement