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Audition preparation: BA (Hons) Dance

This page gives you all the information you need for preparation for your Audition for BA (Hons) Dance. It is essential that you read all of the sections carefully. We also recommend reading our general tips on how to prepare for your audition. Auditions are being held on campus, but we understand that finding the money to travel can be difficult. That’s why we’re offering a few options to help support you.

  1. Applicant Travel Support Fund – we understand that visiting campus for your audition can be important in making an informed decision about where you want to study which is why we’ve created the Applicant Travel Support Fund to support applicants in this process.
  2. You can also audition by preparing a filmed response to some short tasks. Please get in touch with [email protected] with the email subject line ‘Online Audition’ if you would prefer to send an online submission.


Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. We expect your visit to take no longer than three hours.

On arrival please make your way directly to the main foyer area of The Arts Centre (building number 5 on our campus map).

A member of the Creative Arts Team will be on hand to greet you. If, for any reason, you are going to be late, please let us know by calling 01695 650950.

Dancers rehearse a routine

”The best advice I could give someone attending an audition is to be yourself. The tutors want to see who you are and what you can bring to the course.”

Nevaeh (Drama Student)

Essential information

Your dance audition centres on a practical class/workshop that will give you some experience of the types of studio-based, creative, technical and analytical learning that you will engage in if you choose to study with us.

You should make sure that you wear, or bring to wear, appropriate dance clothing, preferably something that you are comfortable in but that clearly shows your line and does not restrict your movement. Additionally, in order to adhere to our studio Health and Safety policy, please do not wear jewellery or long false nails. It is also advisable to wear long hair tied back. Changing facilities are available and you can bring a bottle of water into the studio with you. Drinking fountains are available nearby.

We will work in bare feet, though soft-soled jazz-shoes are acceptable.

We assume that you are physically fit and well, however, if you do have any injuries/health problems please let the audition panel know on the day.

You will not need to prepare anything before you arrive.

Your audition will include a contemporary technique class and a creative session. You will then watch a short piece of dance performance, either live or recorded, and you will be invited to analyse and discuss the work you have seen as part of a group exercise.

You will at this point also have time to ask questions about the dance programme.

After your dance workshop, you will have the opportunity to tour the department’s facilities and to look at examples of accommodation. We also hope to make other parts of the university available to you on the day so that you can get a feel for what campus life at Edge Hill might be like.

We want you to ask questions. To help you find out everything you might need to know about the work we do here in Dance, staff and student ambassadors will be available during the course of the afternoon so you can have a chat with them about the Dance programme and the student experience.

What to bring with you

There are various items you will need to bring with you on the day:

  1. Photographic ID
    Please bring with you photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). If you have any questions about your ID, please contact the Admissions Team on 01695 650950 prior to your audition.
  2. A Passport-sized (approx.) photograph
    Please bring with you a small photograph of yourself, approximately passport sized (45mm by 35mm).” You need to write your name and UCAS Personal ID number on the back.
  3. Additional supporting evidence
    If you have any additional supporting evidence (i.e. additional references, evidence of work experience, etc), that you would like to show, please bring this with you on the day.
  4. Parking notice*
    If you are travelling by car you will need to display your parking notice clearly on your dashboard and you will be directed to any available spaces when you arrive at the main entrance. Please download your copy, print and bring this with you.

*Whilst every effort will be made to ensure you have access to parking, please build in sufficient time to park off campus should you need to. You can check for details of local parking facilities online and please be reassured that, should you need to park in the local town, this is just a short walk to campus or a quick bus ride using the Edge Link bus service.

What happens after your audition?

Following your audition, we will let you know the result as soon as reasonably possible.

Following the audition, you will receive written confirmation of the decision reached by the audition panel. If you are successful and are made an offer, the letter will advise you to log in to UCAS Track to check the specific conditions of your offer. If you have any queries regarding your offer conditions, you must contact the Admissions Team immediately and certainly within 14 days of the offer being made.

Try not to be too disappointed. We will notify UCAS and include individual feedback detailing the reasons for the decision to help you prepare for any future applications you may decide to make, and we would always encourage you to reapply in a later cycle.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview you can contact us in the following ways: