Fall 2020 Dance Placement Auditions

Thursday, April 02, 2020
University Dance Theater, Spring 2019

The Fall 2020 Dance Placement Audition will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 9am-12pm in CA 102.  To register please complete the Dance Placement Audition form (pdf) and email to Dr. Yutian Wong (ytw@sfsu.edu) by 5pm on Monday, August 17. 

The placement audition is a dance technique class and advising session for all new and prospective dance majors and minors enrolling in SFSU's Dance Program. Students will receive course recommendations and permit numbers to add dance courses for the upcoming semester.

  • All new Dance majors and minors must enroll in and pass DANC 170 with a grade of C or in order to declare a dance major/minor or to continue on in the dance major/minor.
  • Incoming Freshman and Junior Transfers who applied to and have been accepted to SFSU as Dance majors are required to enroll in DANC 170 during their first semester on campus and attend the placement audition in order to receive advising regarding other dance technique courses to enroll in.
  • Prospective dance majors (high school and community college students), who will not yet be enrolled at SFSU may participate in the placement audition. Prospective students will receive information about the B.A. in Dance but they will not receive course recommendations. Prospective students who decide to enroll at SFSU will need to attend the placement audition after they are accepted in order to receive course recommendations.


Q: What does the placement audition consist of?
A: The placement audition consists of a dance technique class (30 minute Pilates-based warm up, a 30 minute modern technique combination, and a 30 minute jazz combination) and an advising session. 

Q: What should I wear?
A: Appropriate form fitting dance attire (leotards, tights, or leggings). No baggy shorts, sweatshirts, or dangly jewelry. Hair needs to be tied back and dancers are expected to be barefoot for the modern dance portion of the class. 

Q: What are the faculty watching for?
A: Faculty are looking at dancers’ alignment and how they incorporate corrections.

Q: I have been dancing for 10+ years. Why do I have to take DANC 170?
A: Faculty expect that most students who choose to major in dance at a university will have had previous dance training. DANC 170 is designed for first semester dance majors to become acclimated to the expectations in the dance program at SF State.

Q: Can I take Level II or III technique classes.
A: During the placement audition, faculty will let you know if you are cleared to enroll in Level II/III classes concurrently with DANC 170. You must attend the placement audition in order to receive permission to enroll in Level II-III technique classes.