Video Auditions

DanceWorks Chicago is dedicated to creating a safe space for artists and audiences. With the goal of providing an optimal experience for dancers, faculty, staff, and support teams, Team DWC is committed to Dance360 Summer 2021 programming July 19 – August 13, via dancer’s choice of digital (Zoom) and/or in-person (Woo!) offerings. 
While auditioning via a Digital DayLab or ChoreoLab provides a dancer with a personal Dance360 experience as dancers get a taste of the DanceWorks Chicago culture and work with the artistic team, dancers may select the video audition option to be considered for DanceForce and/or ChoreoLab Summer 2021. Please continue reading to see what is NEW with regard to video audition requirements for Dance360 Summer 2021 offerings!
Video auditions will be assessed on a rolling admissions basis, and applications will be accepted until 10am (Central) on Friday, June 18. In alignment with Dance360 focus around individual growth, each week of DanceForce and ChoreoLab programming will have a limited amount of places, dependent on local, state, and national health and safety guidelines and Zoom screen/in-person real estate.

Video Audition Checklist

  • HEAD SHOT that looks like YOU!   Optional
  • DANCE REEL LINK: 15-20 minutes total, links to YouTube or Vimeo work great!
    • The dance space you select (home, studio, outdoors) is less important than the ability for the viewer to see you clearly.
    • Include only work that has been performed/recorded in the past six months.
    • Please consider attire, background, and lighting that supports the best experience for the viewer.
    • Please introduce yourself at the beginning of the video.
    • Share material in 2-4 dance genre(s) of YOUR CHOICE. Ideas include but are not exclusive to Ballet, Contemporary, Cunningham, Gaga, Graham, Hip-Hop, Horton, Jazz, Limon, Musical Theater, Release Modern, and Taylor.
    • Your reel should include classwork as well as choreography and demonstrate your proficiency in the following areas:
      • Organization and mastery of the body
      • Musicality
      • Variations in:
        • Texture
        • Level, Movement Through Space
        • Dynamic
        • Tempo
      • Personal voice/style to share who you are rather than merely what you can do
  • RESUMÉ not to exceed one page, please, shared as a Word document or PDF or  (NEW!) a one-minute video shared via a link. Tell us your story!
    • May include the following:
      • Contact information
      • Current and most recent dance training
      • Dance and/or performance highlights
      • Current and/or most recent jobs (dance and non-dance)
      • Academic achievements, majors and/or minors
      • Community-building and/or service projects
      • Reference: a dance teacher/mentor/choreographer, including first and last name, relationship to you, organizational affiliation, and e-address.
  • FEE: $20, payable via credit card or PayPal

SPECIAL OFFER in honor of NATIONAL DANCE WEEK, APRIL 16 – 25: $10 video audition fee

QUESTIONS? Inquire with Dance360 Program Director Sara Bibik. You will be notified of your application status within three weeks of submission, latest by Tuesday, June 19. Please note that DanceWorks Chicago respects your privacy, and your application and its contents will be kept strictly confidential.

Fill out my ONLINE FORM.
*TIP: Review the form requirements in advance of completion as the form must be submitted in its entirety (in other words, it is not possible to save your work, leave the form, and come back to complete at a later date). Your understanding is appreciated.
DanceWorks Chicago is committed to supporting individual artistic growth, providing a laboratory for early career artists to journey from “good to great” through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. DWC shines a spotlight on individual artists, celebrating unique voices and finding harmony in collaboration. We look forward to reviewing your application!!