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Application Process

You have decided to apply to join the Contemporary Dance Program at IU. This is an excellent choice as the IU Contemporary Dance Program students are encouraged to seek their own venue for expression, such as performance, choreography, teaching, production or scholarship, and prepare for a successful career in the professional and academic field of dance.

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In order to be accepted into this program you must follow the three steps listed below:


Please open an Acceptd account, linked here and apply following the instructions on  Invitations to audition will be sent, after
review of your Acceptd profile.

Please open an Acceptd account, linked here                    
and apply following the instructions on

You may apply early to become a Contemporary Dance student by completing our online application form. Online application and audition registration through Acceptd are now open. Please prepare the following materials which will be required for the Acceptd online application.  Upon submission via Acceptd, and based on the review of the following materials, you will be notified if you are accepted to participate in the audition:”

  1. Chronological list of dance training and dance performances from most recent to 8th grade.
  2. A thirty second video clip of yourself dancing in class or in a performance. Please tag yourself if you are in a large group.
  3. A written personal statement that addresses the following:
    a.  Describe a dance performance you witnessed that inspired you.
    b.  What are some of the differences in approach between competitive or commercial dance and artistic contemporary dance?
    c.  What is a correction you have received from a dance teacher and how have you addressed it in your dance training?
    d.  What other fields of interest (for example visual art, social and community service, international studies, literature, science, film, the natural world, etc.) influence you as an artist? Describe one and how it impacts you as a dancer.

Please send separately by mail, one letter of recommendation from a dance mentor, teacher or dance professional you have worked closely with who can write about your strengths and growth as a dancer. Please mail directly to:

Elizabeth Shea
Director of Contemporary Dance
Department of Theatre, Drama
and Contemporary Dance
Indiana University
Lee Norvelle Center
275 N. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN  47405


Open the Office of Admissions Website to explore becoming a student at Indiana University. To apply to IU online, click Online Undergraduate Admissions Application. This link will open in a new window. called the eApp - Online Admissions Application.You will need to create an account for yourself and then fill-out the online application form.

If you have questions about applying to the University, please contact the Office of Admissions. You can locate your admissions advisor by using this map.

Be sure to submit the General Admissions application by November 1 for merit scholarship consideration.


Auditions are held on the following dates, with successful prescreen and invitation.
We do not attend regional auditions
Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, February 24, 2017

There is an alternate short audition date Friday, March 3, 2017 for those who cannot attend either full day auditions.  (Attendees take the morning dance class and show their solo directly after class).

You can direct questions to Scott Jones, BFA Liaison or call 812-856-4024acceptd logo. The phone line is open Tuesday through Friday 1:30-5:00 PM Eastern time. In order to receive a return call, please leave a voicemail if there is no answer or off hours.

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