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Dance Audition Info 


Winter Dance Concert 2021 Audition Results CLICK HERE


Winter Dance Concert "Nut/Cracked" will be held on December 3, 4, and 5 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.  The concert will feature a guest artist work, "Nut/Cracked," by David Parker & The Bang Group of NYC.  It’s "The Nutcracker", but definitely not as we know it. Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Nothing is sacred as "Nut/Cracked" twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovsky’s voluptuous waves of rhythm. The concert will also feature original work by K-State Dance faculty.

Auditions for the concert will be held in Nichols Hall room 008 on Saturday August 28, 2021, at 8:30.  Doors will open by 8:00 am.  Please enter through the south basement entrance. Auditions will be held for various dance styles including modern, jazz, and tap dance.

Audition participants will need to download and return the Audition Form and Release prior to the audition.   Forms should be submitted in person to Neil Dunn or via email at: neildunn@ksu.edu.  

Audition Packet Forms:

Audition Form

Release Form

Commitment Agreement



Audition candidates must:

1.  Review and Commitment Agreement and DANCE502 Syllabus.  

2.  Download and complete the Audition Form(please be as accurate as possible with your schedule) and return it to Neil Dunn.

3. Download and complete/sign the Release Form and return it to Neil Dunn. 

Students who are interested in participating in Winter Dance Concert but are unable to attend may submit the audition packet to Neil Dunn before the audition begins on August 28 with an explanation about the neeed to miss the event. 

Casting results will be posted on the K-State Dance website by Monday, August 30.  

Contact Neil Dunn, K-State Dance Production Manager with any questions about Spring Dance Concert 2021 at: neildunn@ksu.edu

Concert Info

Winter Dance Concert/Spring Dance Concertr will feature jazz, modern, and tap. Auditions are open to all K-State students. Prior experience is preferred but not required. Students should arrive by 30 minutes before the audition begins to warm up and submit audition materials. Casting is often based on schedules, so auditioning students will need to have their weekly schedule with them. The audition packet below will need to be completed and returned to the audition. 

Held in Mark A. Chapman Theatre (Formerly Nichols Theatre), a "thrust" theatre in Nichols Hall, is where the dance program calls home. Experiencing Winter Dance Concert in this intimate setting is a wonderful way to come inside form the cold and warm up to a dance performance. Typically held the first weekend in December, Winter Dance Concert runs Thursday through Saturday with a matinee on Saturday.

Spring Dance Concert is typically performed on a proscenium stage at McCain Auditorium, our local road house (This may temporarily change during the COVIF-19 pandemic). Typically presented the the end of March or beginning of April, Spring Dance Concert has Friday and Saturday evening performances. 

WinterDance/SpringDance opportunity details

K-State Dance holds auditions twice a year, once in the fall semester for WinterDance and the spring semester SpringDance:

  • Auditions for WinterDance are typically held on the Saturday after the first full week of classes at K-State.

  • Auditions for SpringDance are typically held on the Saturday after the last day of classes for Fall semester.

These dates are subject to change and you should check the Dance program homepage for updates. Once the dates and times are confirmed, we will make a posting on the web site and the Dance call board located in the basement in Nichols Hall.

Auditions are open to all K-State students and may include the following dance forms:

  • Ballet,
  • Jazz,
  • Modern,
  • Tap, and
  • African styles.

Students selected from these auditions will perform on the faculty concerts (WinterDance and SpringDance). Many opportunities are also available for understudies in faculty works. Quite often, understudies will end up being cast.

What to bring
  • the appropriate dance shoes/attire and
  • your class schedule for availability. 

Individual solos are not required for these auditions.


Contemporary Dance Ensemble auditions

Kansas State University undergraduates and graduate students at any level of Contemporary Dance are encouraged to audition to be part of CDE! This ensemble provides additional opportunities to perform on and off-campus, as well as opportunities for student leadership. For more information about joining the Contemporary Dance Ensemble, please contact Kate Digby at kdigby@ksu.edu.


K-State Tap Ensemble auditions

K-State students at any level of tap dance are encouraged to audition to become a member of the group. This ensemble provides opportunities for community outreach, performance, lecture demonstrations, and a lot fun. (Ask someone who knows about tap a grams!)

For information on joining the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble, contact Julie L. Pentz at jpentz@k-state.edu or visit the view the Tap Dance Ensemble.