The Dance/Performance Studies Program is looking for technically proficient and creatively oriented students who wish to study Dance, Performance, and Movement Theatre. For acceptance into the Program, an audition is required. For those students who have not had a great deal of technical training but feel they have the talent and desire to work in this unique program, please concentrate on the performance part of the audition.

Though our Dance & Performance Studies Program is still actively training, choreographing, performing, and creating community during this time of Covid-19 – we are shifting all dance major auditions and Q&A sessions to virtual platforms this year. 

We will certainly miss having a blast in class with auditioning dancers – but we also want to make things as safe as we can for everyone.  We are looking forward to your submissions!

  • Applying to the university? Submit a Dance and Performance Studies Program Audition 
  • Are you an enrolled student looking to join our university dance company? Attend a Dance Theatre Audition.

​​​​​​RWU Dance & Performance Studies Program Auditions: 

  • Early Action 1:  Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 
  • Early Action 2:  Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 
  • Early Action 3:  Monday, Nov 8, 2021
  • Regular Decision 1:  Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 
  • Regular Decision 2:  Monday, Feb. 7, 2022 
  • Regular Decision 3:  Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022* 

We strongly encourage in-person auditions so each dancer can: 

  • Participate in an energetic and fun technique class, alongside current RWU dancers. 
  • Participate in an informal Q&A with Dance faculty and students, many of whom are double majors. 
  • Perform their own solo with the support of a live audience. 
  • Arrange a personalized campus tour prior to the audition! 

*If a dancer is unable to make an audition, online submissions will be accepted until Feb. 22, 2022. 

Please contact Professor Cathy Nicoli - - with any questions regarding the Dance & Performance Studies Program or audition process. 

Please contact Admissions Councilor Tom Durigan - - with any questions specific to RWU Admissions. 

RWU Dance Theatre Company Auditions:

Fall Semester 2021

Dance Theatre Company Audition

Wednesday, September 8:  5:30 - 7:30PM

Performing Arts Center - Dance Studio

Please email Professor Cathy Nicoli at with any questions.



Choreographed by Christina Robson (class of 2009) in collaboration with the dancers: Louise Benkelman, Alexis Carpenter, Kelsye Chevalier, Lauren Flamia, Heather Larsen, Erica Misilo, Claudia Rightmire, and Alexandra Townsend.