RWU’s Dance & Performance Studies Program welcomes all students interested in movement studies to audition for our Dance Major. Our majors (many of whom are double majors) receive the training and mentorship they need to refine their personal styles, artistic choices, and specializations.

Our faculty – all active professionals in the field – train technically proficient, creatively independent, and professionally adaptable dancers. They nurture each student’s interests and goals – while sharing their professional expertise and networks.

The majority of RWU dance majors move toward careers in dance. Our alumni are professional performers, educators, choreographers, and small business owners – employed by dance and theater companies, training studios, competition circuits, K-12 private and public schools, and university dance programs.

Our students also use their liberal arts education to combine their dance training with additional fields that interest them. Many become clinical mental health counselors and dance therapists, or build on years of physical education to become physical, occupational, or massage therapists – who also dance. Others have become personal trainers, Yoga instructors, Pilates instructors, or other somatic bodyworkers – who also dance.

RWU alumni are also employed as resident artists and activities directors in preschools, nursing homes, group homes, and other community service organizations. Some use their communication, aesthetic, and organization skills as arts administrators, public relations media artists, dance on film directors, and action photographers.

At RWU we help each dancer find a sustainable career path that merges their interests and goals with the professional skills they need to be successful.

Join us! Register for an audition!


  • Early Action 1:  Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 – 3-6 PM
  • Early Action 2:  Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 – 3-6 PM
  • Early Action 3:  Monday, Nov 14, 2022 – 3-6 PM
  • Regular Decision 1:  Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 – 3-6 PM
  • Regular Decision 2:  Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 – 3-6 PM
  • Regular Decision 3: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 – 3-6 PM


  • RWU Performing Arts Center. Please meet in the lobby to check-in before going to the dance studio.

What to Expect:

We encourage in-person auditions so each dancer can:

  • Participate in a Modern/Contemporary class alongside current students.
  • Participate in an informal Q&A with dance faculty and current students.
  • Perform their solo live among supportive peers.
  • Arrange a personalized campus tour prior to the audition.

Note: if an in-person audition is not possible, dancers may send audition materials online – contacts below.

What to Prepare:

All auditionees should prepare the following materials:

  • Cover Letter – include your general interests in dance, and why RWU’s Dance & Performance Studies Program is of interest. Dual major interests may also be discussed, if applicable.
  • Resume – highlight your dance experiences and training; add any other details you want us to know about.
  • 2 Photos – a headshot and dance shot, of the dancer’s choosing.
  • A short solo – Approx. 2 min, honoring your technical strengths and personal uniqueness. If you are using music, please download it onto a smart phone.
  • Attire – Please wear form fitting clothing for alignment purposes. Layers are best for temp control and appropriate slide for any floor work. Bare feet and socks are most common, but jazz shoes and ballet slippers are welcome as well.

Registration and Questions:

  • Click here to register for your audition online – Questions about the admission process? Please contact: Admission Counselor Jessica Thibeault at
  •  For questions about the Dance & Performance Studies Program – or any audition content questions – please contact: Professor Cathy Nicoli at

Dance Theatre is the repertory company of RWU’s Dance & Performance Studies Program.

All RWU students are welcome to audition! Though required of all Dance Majors, many Minors and Core Concentrators also love being a part of this dynamic dance-making community.

Dance Theatre members develop their resumes and professional networks by working in a company setting with guest artists, faculty, and peer choreographers. Each semester the company performs a series of events that are open to the public. Our week-long concert series at the end of each semester is a notorious friend and family favorite

Fall 2022 Casting Audition:

September 7, 6-8pm

RWU Performing Arts Center – Dance Studio

*Bring your semester calendars to help you fill out your registration form!

Spring 2023 Casting Audition:

Friday, January 27, 6-8pm

RWU Performing Arts Center – Dance Studio

*Bring your semester calendars to help you fill out your registration form!

Contact Professor Cathy Nicoli at with any questions!