School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

For questions regarding auditions contact:


Please note: Admission to a Music, Theatre, or Dance program is a 3 step process
  1. Apply to the University by the March 1 deadline for academic scholarships. Most students qualify for academic awards and other financial aid. When you have applied and have been accepted to the University, it makes the department scholarship process much easier. If you have not yet applied to OU, please complete the Application for Undergraduate Admissions.

  2. Once your application has been submitted to the University, apply to the (MusicTheatreDance) program of your choice to schedule the required entrance audition.

  3. You must perform a successful entrance audition before you are admitted into the program. You will be notified of your results ONLY AFTER you have been fully admitted to the university. 

    Click here for the application and email the completed form along with your performance resume to

For questions regarding auditions contact:

Dance Program Audition Dates
Entry Fall 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018

Entry Winter 2019
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Dance Program Audition Guidelines

Dance Program Auditions are held several times a year.

Our program includes:
  • All levels of ballet, modern and jazz technique
  • Emphasis on performance, choreography and teaching
  • Courses in kinesiology, dance history, career planning and teaching techniques
  • Resident professional company, Eisenhower Dance 
  • Resident pre-professional company, OU Repertory Dance Company
  • Many performance opportunities including two annual main-stage concerts
  • Apprenticeships available in the professional company
For Your Audition
  • Dancers should dress in leotards and tights (women), gym pant and T-shirt (men). Please, no loose clothing
  • Dancers should bring ballet and jazz shoes, and be prepared to dance in bare feet
  • The audition will consist of ballet, modern and jazz combinations
  • You are required to perform a one minute solo in either modern, ballet or jazz technique
  • Please have the music for your solo on CD, cassette or an iPod
  • You will have a brief private interview with the dance faculty
  • Please allow approximately 3-4 hours to complete audition process
Click here for the application and email the completed form along with your performance resume to .

Oakland University has two different student dance companies that jointly present two dance concerts each season:
  • Oakland Dance Theatre (ODT) accepts dancers with varying levels of dance technique.
  • Oakland University Repertory Dance Company (RDC) is a pre-professional company that prepares more advanced dancers for a career in dance performance. First year students are not eligible for RDC.

Auditions are required for both dance companies and are usually held the first week of classes each semester in Studio 132 in Varner Hall. Students who audition are automatically considered for both companies.


Oakland Dance Theatre rehearsals are held Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. with company class rehearsals to follow from 7-10 p.m. OU Repertory Dance Company rehearsals are held Tuesday and Thursday from 7-10 p.m. and Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. following technique classes. Additional rehearsals are required when guest artists are in residence.