Dance Audition Tour

Dates and locations for the 2014-15 audition tour have been announced!

Interested students and their families are invited to attend these open calls to audition for Interlochen Arts Academy dance boarding high school and Interlochen Arts Camp dance summer programs. Interlochen dance faculty will be available to answer questions, provide critiques and feedback, and assist in all aspects of the audition and admission process. Required audition dress for girls is black leotards and pink tights. Boys should wear white T-shirts and black tights. 

Please direct any questions to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at or 800.681.5912.

Audition Tour FAQs

Is the audition tour for students interested in Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy or both?

Both!  Students are welcome to audition for any performance-based major for either the camp (Summer 2015) or the academy (Fall 2015).

What do I need to bring or prepare before the audition?

You need to pre-register online within 48 hours of the event in order to be guaranteed a space.  Walk-in applicants are welcome based on available space.  When you pre-register, please print your confirmation screen in order to ensure you have the audition location and time with you for reference.

Camp applicants should have paid their application fees and completed their application entirely except, of course, for the audition.  Students can start the camp application here.

Academy applicants need to have started the application process and have paid the application fee.  However, it is not necessary to have the application entirely completed.  Students can start the academy application here.

Is there a fee for the audition?

No--because we ask families to complete a camp or academy application and pay the associated application fee, we do not ask for an additional fee for the audition.

What do I need to bring or prepare for the audition itself?

Music: You need to bring your instrument, your music, and music for your accompanist.  We will have a music stand, chairs, and a piano.  If you request to have an accompanist provided, unfortunately you will not be able to meet with that person beforehand.  Please remember to bring your music for the provided accompanist and label it appropriately, indicating which measures you will be performing.  Please note that while we will provide an accompanist, you are also welcome to bring your own, or forgo an accompanist altogether--it is not required to perform with an accompanist.

Theatre: We will have a piano available if you would like to bring or request an accompanist.  If you request an accompanist, please remember to bring your music and label it appropriately, indicating which measures you will be performing.  We also have a sound system for a CD or mp3.  If you have a resume or photo you would like to submit, please bring it with you rather than submitting it online.

Dance: Female dancers need to wear a black leotard and pink tights.  Male dancers need to wear white t-shirts and black tights.  If you are en pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.  Dancers auditioning live do not need to prepare a solo piece (which is required for a video submission)--the audition will be led much like a class and may include barre, centre, and combinations.  If you have a resume or photo you would like to submit, please bring it with you rather than submitting it online.

Will I have a place to warm up?

Yes, you will; however, in most of our audition locations, it will not be a private space and all applicants warm up in the same room.

How long do I need to be there?

Everyone will check in and attend an information session that lasts approximately 15 minutes.  Following the information session, theatre and music applicants will be given their individual audition time slots, which last roughly ten minutes.  Dancers will proceed en masse to the group audition.  At the conclusion of the dance audition, parents will be invited to sit in for a dance-specific information session.

Can I audition for more than one program?

You may audition for more than one program within the same major.  For example, you may audition for both the Musical Theatre Production program and the Repertory Theatre Production program at the same time.  However, students may not audition for programs in more than one major because of time constraints.  For example, you may not audition both for dance and for theatre programs at the live audition.  You may audition for one major and submit a video online for the other major in which you are interested.

Do I need to arrive prior to the start time?

No.  We’ve included time for check-in and warm-up within the designated time frame.  There is no need to arrive early.  It is important to note that many of our auditions are held in facilities that are used by other programs and organizations, and in order to minimize disruption, we ask that our guests are only in the building during designated times.

Online pre-registration is closed.  Can I still come to the audition?

Yes.  We are happy to receive walk-in applicants on a space-available basis.  Please read over these FAQs to make sure you have all necessary information in order to be properly prepared.  In order to receive your results, it is important that you complete a camp or academy application as soon as possible following the audition.

When will I find out my results?

It varies.  For camp applicants, generally everyone whose application is complete by February 1 will receive a decision in mid- to late February at the very latest.  Some programs may release decisions sooner.  For academy applicants, decisions will be released by the end of March at the very latest.  Only students who have a completed and submitted application will receive their audition results.

East Coast

Washington, DC     (Register here)
January 3, 2015 - 1-5PM
Kennedy Center/Washington National Opera
6925 Willow St. NW
Washington, DC 20012 

Portland     (Register here)
January 4, 2015 - 10AM-Noon
Portland Ballet School
517 Forest Ave, Ste. 2
Portland, ME 04101

New York City     (Register here)
January 4, 2015 - 5-8PM
The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street
New York, New York 10019

Boston     (Register here)
January 6, 2015 - 6-8:30PM
Boston Ballet
19 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116


Detroit    (Register here)
January 8, 2015 - 6-9PM
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Ann Arbor     (Register here)
January 8, 2015 - 6-8PM
Ballet Chelsea
1050 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118 

Chicago     (Register here)
January 9, 2015 - 6:30-9:30PM
Hubbard Street Dance Center
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 

Cleveland     (Register here)
January 11, 2015 - 1-4PM
Cleveland Ballet
23030 Miles Rd.
Bedford Heights, OH 44128 

Grand Rapids     (Register here)
January 18, 2015 - 1-3PM
Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Minneapolis     (Register here)
January 25, 2015 - 3-5PM
James Sewell Ballet
528 Hennepin Ave., Ste. 205
Minneapolis, MN 55403 

Interlochen     (Register here for 1/30)     (Register here for 4/24)
January 30, 2015 & April 24, 2015 - 2:15-4PM
Interlochen Center for the Arts
4000 S. M-137
Interlochen, MI 49643

Cincinnati     (Register here)
January 31, 2015 -  3:30-5:30PM
Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214 


Seattle     (Register here)
January 10, 2015 - 2-4PM
Cornish College of the Arts
Kerry Hall, Floor 3
710 East Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98102 

Boulder     (Register here)
January 11, 2015 - 6-8PM
Boulder Ballet 
2590 Walnut St., Ste. 10
Boulder, CO 80302 

San Diego     (Register here)
January 16, 2015 - 6-8PM
California Ballet School
4819 Ronson Court
San Diego, CA 92111 

San Francisco     (Register here)
January 17, 2015 - 4-7PM
San Francisco Ballet
455 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 

Los Angeles     (Register here)
January 18, 2015 - 1:30-5PM
Westside School of Ballet
1709 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404 


Houston     (Register here)
January 12, 2015 - 5:30-8PM
Houston Ballet Center for Dance
601 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002

Dallas     (Register here)
January 14, 2015 - 6-9PM
Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop
Dallas, TX 75275

Atlanta     (Register here)
*Please note the venue change*
February 1, 2-4PM
Norma's Academy of Dance
2220 Jonesboro Road Suite 104
Fairburn, Ga 30213