Transfer Applicants: Dance & Choreography

Dance & Choreography

Review Your Deadlines

For Fall Semesters:
January 16 – Deadline for admission

For Spring Semesters:
November 1

VCUarts continues to review applications until all spots are filled. Transfer applicants who submit complete applications by the deadline will receive a decision by June 1st.

Determine the email address you will use for your VCU correspondence

Please ensure it stays active for at least one year, as we will use it to communicate with you throughout the application process. Use the same email address for all VCU business. Check your email frequently for updates on the status of your application.

Submit the Online Application to VCU

Applicants must use VCU’s online application for admission found here:

Applicants may only submit one application to ONE major. Admitted students can request additional major/minor(s) during their first semester.

Submit your official transcripts

Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each accredited college or university attended, including summer schools. If fewer than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours have been completed, applicants must also submit high school transcripts.

All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript.

Transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by official high school, university or college registrars.

The Transcript Information form (PDF) can be downloaded here:

Transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Admissions
PO Box 842526
Richmond, VA 23284-2526

Submit your official test scores

SAT or ACT scores are required for students younger than 22 and/or have completed fewer than 30 college level credits.

Only official scores will be accepted. Electronic scores from the CollegeBoard or ACT are preferred.

Request your SAT scores from CollegeBoard (school code: 5570):

Request your scores from ACT (school code: 4379):

Schedule your audition

Once your application has been submitted, a link to schedule your audition will be sent to the email address listed on your application.

Audition Dates

November 17, 2017
January 26, 2018
February 9, 2018
February 16, 2018

October 20, 2017: Audition at Denver School for the Arts. 12pm-2pm. Both high school juniors and seniors are welcome to participate in the audition.
Please RSVP to Laura Stepp Carlton, to receive more information.

Admission Criteria

  • Talent and potential as an artist in the field of dance.
  • Prior training and the ability to demonstrate knowledge of modern dance and/or classical ballet techniques.
  • Ability to demonstrate musicality and dynamic range.
  • A healthy, physically conditioned body that is injury free.
  • Openness to new ideas and the ability to engage in creative problem solving.

About the Audition

The VCU Dance audition consists of a ballet barre, modern center work, an improvisation section and a short interview. Final decision letters will be mailed to all students after their application materials and audition are reviewed.

Please wear appropriate attire: Women wear leotard and tights, unitard or dancewear that allows us to see your body. Men wear tights and tee-shirt or dance wear that allows us to see your body.

Bring ballet shoes to wear during the ballet barre. The modern center and improvisation are barefoot.

Audition schedule

  • 9:00am – Audition Check-in at The Depot second floor
  • 9:30 am – Introduction to VCU Dance
  • 10:30 am – Auditionees and family watch Workshop class, Depot Annex
  • 11:30 am – Walk to VCU Dance Center
  • 11:45 am – Number assignments, studio 105
  • 12:00 pm – Audition Starts, studio 203
  • 2:00 pm – Short Interview (interview will be in groups with a pair of dance faculty)
  • 3:00 pm – Refreshments and Questions
  • 8:00 pm – Evening Performance (no performance on Feb 24)

Submit your references

VCUarts applicants are required to have one online reference submitted by their recommender of choice. Choose the person best qualified to assess your ability to be successful at VCUarts. Preferably, your recommender will be your art teacher. If you did not have an art teacher, please select a counselor or employer who is able to assess your abilities.

You will be prompted to enter the email address(es) of your recommender(s) as part of the supplemental materials upload site. The system will then prompt your recommender(s) to submit a letter of recommendation online. Be sure to notify your recommenders that you will list them. After your online application has been submitted and processed, we will email you your log-in to the supplemental materials upload site.

International Applicants

Be sure to review additional requirements on the Global Education Office website.

Check your Status

Be sure to login to your VCU VIP page periodically to monitor your application checklist and status. VCU Admissions will send you an email with instructions on how to log in to your VIP page. If this is your first time logging in, please create a VCU VIP account.

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