Information and Forms

We are glad you are interested in majoring in dance at The University of Southern Mississippi. All incoming dance majors must successfully audition for and be accepted into the dance program. An audition is not required to minor in dance. Auditions are held in Studio 115 in the Theatre and Dance Building, located on the western side of campus, one block north of Hardy Street on Ross Boulevard. Please take a look at the FAQS for an overview of the audition day and information about your one-minute solo.

The audition dates for the incoming class of fall 2019 are:

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018 (immediately following High School Dance Day, approximately 3:30 pm)

Saturday, February 2, 2019.

You will need to submit your audition application materials not later than one week prior to your audition date. These materials include an audition application form and a résumé detailing your dance experiences to date.

Download the Audition Form (PDF)

We consider students for scholarships at program auditions if you also submit two (2) recommendation letters and an essay discussing why you want to study dance at USM.

Download recommendation letter request forms:

Academic Performance Recommendation (PDF)

Technique Skills Recommendation (PDF)


Please mail all materials to:

Julie Hammond

The University of Southern Mississippi

School of Performing and Visual Arts

118 College Dr. Box 5056

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001



IF you are unable to attend an on-campus live audition, please read the following information.

USM Dance Video Audition Guidelines

To apply for acceptance into the undergraduate BFA program in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi, you must audition as part of the application process. You may audition live at one of our scheduled audition dates or via a video link. Live auditions are preferred and include a ballet barre, several contemporary dance phrases, a showing of a one-minute performance piece, and an interview.

Online video auditions are an option for students who are unable to attend on-campus auditions for various reasons – departmental approval for this option is required. If approved, online applications for acceptance in dance include the following:


  • Email video link to Sandra Whittington at
  • All videos must be received no later stated University deadlines for undergraduate admissions

  • Applicant must wear a well-fitted dance attire where the body is fully visible.
  • Your video must be taped in a theatre or dance studio with good lighting and the recording must be in focus. Incomplete or poor quality videotapes may result in the student’s submission not being considered.


Video Content


  • Look at the camera and state the following information at the top of your audition video:
    • Name
    • Where you are from
    • Your goals in dance
    • Why you would like to attend the University of Southern Mississippi dance program


  • No more than ten minutes in total length, this section can include combinations from dance classes, a performed dance piece, improvised movement, etc.  Movement can be in any dance style, a variety of dance styles, and be self or instructor choreographed (or a combination of both).  We encourage applicants to make choices for this section that highlight their strengths as a dancer and allow us to see their passion and potential as a dancer.