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Queens College Dance Program | BA in Dance

Queens College offers a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences with the opportunity to study dance in a professional environment. The BA in dance has a global focus offering technical training in Asian, African, Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap.

Technique classes emphasize dancing with personal expressiveness, anatomical awareness and stylistic freedom. Critical thinking and analytic skills are developed through courses in Choreography, Dance Analysis, Dance Studies, Dance Therapy and a variety of independent study opportunities. The Dance Program provides a solid foundation for graduate study and preparation for careers as choreographers, dancers, dance educators, dance therapists and more.

The Queens College Dept. of Drama, Theatre and Dance is located in America’s most ethnically diverse county and in close proximity to all New York City has to offer. The beautiful eighty-acre campus features two state of the art dance studios, Goldstein Theater (450 Seats), Performance Space M11, a black box theater (100 seats), as well as The Summit which provides student housing on campus.

The Dance Program emphasizes body diversity and welcomes dis/ability and dancer bodies of all shapes and sizes.



Auditions for the Dance Major are held in the Fall and Spring. The purpose of the audition is to assess training background, technical level, the potential to successfully complete the degree program and to place incoming students in the proper technique level class. If you are a high school senior, transfer student, QC student interested in declaring a dance major, you need to audition.

To be placed into the Dance Program as a dance major, students should have previous dance training in one or more of the following: African, Asian, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Caribbean, Hip-Hip, Modern, Salsa, and/or Tap dance.

The Dance Major auditions are on:

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 2 pm - 5 pm in Rathaus Hall Dance Lobby & Studio 101A

The audition includes a warm-up, learning a dance phrase, performance of a one-minute solo or improvisation, and submission of a completed application form. 

Reservations are required – please RSVP here.​

Please fill out the Dance Application Form and bring it to the audition. 

Please wear comfortable form-fitting clothes that you can move in, and bring water as needed. See FAQ for additional information. 

Students who are not able to attend either the Fall or Spring audition, may audition online. Please upload a video of you dancing a solo (can be choreography or freestyle/improvisation) to Vimeo, Youtube or another file sharing platform. Email a completed application form and share a link to the video with the Director of Dance, Edisa Weeks ( 

Notification of audition results are released within three weeks of the application. Students accepted to become Dance Majors, must meet with the Director of Dance to declare the Dance Major and arrange a schedule for course of study.



Students across Queens College are encouraged to join a dance class, or audition for placement in advanced dance classes. For non-majors, enrollment in intermediate and advanced dance technique classes depends on space availability, technical level, and suitability. Please contact the professor of an intermediate or advanced course to let them know that you are interested in taking the course. 

Auditions for the Fall Faculty & Guest Dance Concert and the Spring Student Choreography Showcase are held at the beginning of each semester. Please join us! 



You do not need to audition for the Dance Minor, however you do need to have previous dance training. You are able to take dance classes without attending the audition, however you will be placed in the lowest level technique classes.



Saturday, May 11, 2019

  • 12 pm - 1:30 pm Tour of Queens College Campus
  • 1:30 pm Registration (Rathaus Hall Dance Lobby)
  • 2 pm - 4 pm Introductions, audition warm-up and learn a phrase (Rathaus Dance Studio 101A)
  • 4 pm - 5 pm Short interview and prepared one-minute solo choreography or free style (improvisation). The choreography can be your own or another’s in any style, bring your own music (Rathaus Dance Studio 101A)

Please RSVP for the Dance Audition, and download the Dance Application Form and bring it to the audition.



What should I expect at the audition?
The day will start with an optional tour of the Queens College campus, followed by a brief welcome and overview of the dance program. Family members are encouraged to attend the tour and introduction with you, but are not allowed to observe the actual audition, which includes a modern or ballet technique class, learning a dance phrase, performance of a one-minute solo or improvisation, and submission of a completed application form.

We recognize that many students do not have prior experience in modern or ballet. That’s OK! Stay focused and try your best with everything presented, and keep a positive attitude toward your dancing and your fellow candidates.

There will be no “cuts” during the audition day—everyone is expected to stay and participate during the entire day. We look forward to seeing you dance and learning about your interests.

What if I am unable to attend the audition?
Students who are not able to attend either the Fall or Spring audition, may audition online. Please upload a video of you dancing a solo (can be choreography or freestyle/improvisation) to Vimeo, Youtube or another file sharing platform. Email a completed application form and share a link to the video with the Director of Dance, Edisa Weeks (

Do I need to audition for the Dance Major?
Yes, acceptance to the Bachelor of Arts in Dance is by audition only.

Do I need to audition for the Dance Minor?
No, however you are expected to have previous dance experience. You will be placed in beginner level courses unless you take the audition where we can assess your level of training and see if you are ready for a higher-level course.

Do I need to schedule a time for my solo or free style presentation?
Upon arriving and registering for the audition in Rathaus Hall Dance Lobby, you will be provided with a time for your solo or free style presentation.

What should I wear to the audition?
Please wear comfortable form fitting clothes that you can move in.

What should I bring with me on the day of auditions?
You may want to bring snacks or a boxed lunch and a refillable water bottle. You do not need to bring a headshot or resume.

What should I prepare for my solo audition?
Your solo audition can be set choreography or free style (improvisation) in any movement vocabulary – For example: African, Asian, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Hip-Hop, Modern, Jazz, Salsa, Tap. It may be your choreography or another’s. The piece should be a maximum of 1 minute in length. It can be an excerpt.

Please bring your music on a smartphone or iPod and we will provide speakers.

What are you looking for in a Dance Major?
We are looking for individuals who have:

  • A serious commitment to dance training and pursuing a career in dance.
  • An interest in advancing the dance field as performers, educators, administrators, choreographers, scholars, curators, dance therapists, advocates, and more.
  • Talent and potential as a dancer, including a vivid imagination, courage, and emotional accessibility.
  • An articulate body promising significant development in dance.
  • A willingness to re-evaluate technique and explore new approaches to training.
  • The ability to work as a part of an ensemble including: the ability to work openly and honestly with other dancers, the ability to be flexible in the artistic process with choreographers, directors, and their peers.

What if I am not accepted into the Dance Major, can I still attend Queens College?
Yes, if that is the case we encourage you to participate in our very popular Dance Minor.
For further questions about the dance program, the major and minor, contact the Director of Dance, Edisa Weeks,, Tel: 718-997-3068.


 Office Information

Our office is open for in-person appointments on a limited basis. Please send an email to the chair or call the office to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 718-997-3090​

Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or videoconference. See faculty contact information.

Acting Chair: Edisa Weeks

Dept. Office: Rathaus 213
Phone: 718-997-3090

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