The Southern Miss Repertory Dance Company (RDC) was established to provide performing
opportunities for dance majors and to promote excellence in dance performance for
our students. As company members, students gain insight into the protocol and standards
of professional dance as they prepare for careers.
Being part of the Repertory Dance Company
RDC provides an opportunity for dance majors to gain valuable performance experience
and to become further prepared for professional careers in dance.
RDC assessment standards are built on the rigorous expectations of the professional
field in the areas of skills, knowledge and dispositions (professionalism) required.
RDC performs in all major departmental concerts and works with faculty, student, and
All declared university dance majors and minors (except for first-semester students,
and dance education majors who are student teaching) are required to audition for
the company each semester.
Performance/choreography majors are required to be accepted into company for a minimum
of four semesters and dance education majors are required to be accepted into company
for a minimum of two semesters.
If a student is not chosen for the company by the fall of their junior year, he/she
will be asked to meet with dance faculty for consultation and assessment.
All dance majors are eligible to audition for RDC beginning in the second semester
of study as a dance major. However, students must maintain an unweighted 2.5 GPA in
dance courses in the previous semester.
Auditions for RDC are held on the second day of class each semester and are led by
the RDC director for the semester.
All eligible dance majors are required to attend. We suggest arriving early to warm-up
and sign-in, and to dress in proper dance attire with hair pulled out of face.
The auditions include five main sections: footwork/coordination combination, ballet
technique combination, locomotor/weight/floor work combination, improv/collaboration
combination, and professionalism.
The company list is posted on the same evening as auditions. Dance majors may be accepted
as full company members or as apprentices. The same high expectations are maintained
for both. All accepted company members must attend the casting audition on the following
First time company members are expected to meet with the RDC director to discuss the
full expectations of company. This typically happens in a group meeting scheduled
by the RDC director. Dancers who do not make company may sign up for a time to meet
with the RDC director to discuss ways to improve in future auditions.