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Department of Theatre and Dance

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Dance Auditions

Auditions for USC's Betsy Blackmon Dance Program are currently accepted by video submission only.  Find out more about the audition and application process below.

About Your Audition

All applicants planning to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Dance must audition. Students planning to enhance another degree with a minor in dance are not required to audition.

Auditions for the Betsy Blackmon Dance Program are accepted by video only.  We partner with Acceptd to host our application and video audition submissions. Please visit our application site to learn more and begin the application process.  There is a nominal, non-refundable application fee charged by Acceptd.

All applicants must simultaneously apply to the University of South Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions for academic acceptance.  Undergraduate Admissions is a separate process from the dance program application and audition. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions office directly for their requirements.

We offer two application deadlines for admission into the Betsy Blackmon Dance Program. You may apply during either application period. 

Application deadlines are:
November 1, 2023
February 15, 2024

You will receive notification of acceptance and scholarship within 5 weeks of the application deadline.   


All applications must upload the following through our Acceptd application site:

  • Recording of ballet class, not to exceed 45 minutes and with you as the only dancer in the frame, wearing form fitting dance attire.  Include the following exercises:
    • Ballet Barre (one side only): Plíe, Tendu from 5th, Dégagé  from 5th, Rond de Jambe, Grand Battement

    • Center (both sides): Adagio, Turn/Waltz, Petit Allegro, Grand Allegro

  • Recording of a solo of your choice outside of the ballet genre, recorded in a dance studio, 1.5 to 3 minutes in length.  Please wear form fitting dance attire. Stage performances will not be accepted.
  • Current Headshot
  • Current Resume

Visit our application site for more details on submissions.

You may audition for either emphasis (Performance & Choreography OR Dance Education) If you would like to be considered for BOTH, please complete the application for Dance Education and indicate that you would also like to be considered for Performance & Choreography.
Scholarships are available. The audition for acceptance into the program automatically qualifies you for consideration for a scholarship.  Visit our scholarship page for more details.


Planning your visit to campus

The USC Visitor Center is great way to learn about accommodations, find maps and other information about our campus and Columbia. Other offices you might want to visit while on campus (if time allows) are the Financial Aid Office (803-777-8134) and the Admissions Office (803-777-7700). Call them to make appointments and for campus tours. Please note that these offices may not be open over the weekend.  


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