College of Fine & Performing Arts

Dance Audition/Level Placement

Audition/Level Placement Arrangements

It is our preference to have potential students try ongoing technique classes as their audition process.  This can provide a better sense of programmatic fit for both students and faculty.  In taking WWU dance classes students will be assigned a technique level.  If a student places in Contemporary 1 or higher they are eligible to declare the Dance Major, BA track.  Please contact Cher Carnell at or 360-650-3893 to arrange a visit to try ongoing technique classes.

Students who are unable to try classes before starting their fall quarter at Western can audition in our Level Placement class.  All new students interested in the Dance Major, Minor or simply classes should attend this class to be assigned a technique level.

Students interested in the BFA degree should declare the BA as soon as possible (after placing in Contemporary 1 or higher).  In spring of their Sophomore or spring of their Junior year they may then apply for BFA candidacy which requires nomination by the faculty as a whole.  As part of this application process students are required to perform for Dance faculty a solo that they have choreographed.  Regardless when a student is accepted as a BFA candidate their BFA Capstone is planned for spring quarter of their Senior year at Western.


Dance Auditions

Audition/Level Placement

The Dance Program will be holding a Technique Placement Class for all new students interested in the Dance Major, Dance Minor, or technique classes.


If you are planning on attending this class please email Cher Carnell.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Location:  Commissary Studio B (directions)

  • Forms:  8:30 – 9 a.m.
  • Contemporary Technique:  9 – 10:15 a.m.
  • Improvisation Exploration:  10:15 – 11 a.m.
  • Lunch break:  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Ballet:  12 - 1 p.m.
  • Informational meeting for all students interested in Dance Major or Minor:  1 – 1:30 p.m.


Additional information

The level placement class is structured so that beginners through advanced students will be able to participate.  It is our objective to place students in the level most suited to their development as a dancer.

Wear dance attire that we can see you move in, hair controlled and off the face, ballet slippers for the Ballet portion, bare feet or sandals for Contemporary.

Each student will receive an email that afternoon with their technique level placement.