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:

Dance Theatre Company Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

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 cnicoli@rwu with any questions.


Guest Artist Roster 

Hollis Bartlett & Nattie Trogdan are Brooklyn-based choreographers, performers, practitioners, and partners. They create dance works and research-based practices around rigor and repetition, ghosts and vessels, weight (and wait), objectivity and subjectivity, their shared lineage and embodied relationship.

Ashley Rich started her technical training at a young age, fell in love with it, and has immersed herself in dance education ever since. Her professional training includes Ballet, Jazz, Horton, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. Some of her achievements include being a finalist on the 8th Season of So You Think You Can Dance and attending the prestigious Ailey School in NYC, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ashley performs, choreographs, and teaches nationally - and is featured in several music videos. Teaching, judging, and touring engagements have included: Ingredients Dance Training Program and Company (Dallas, TX), Dance Revolution Conventions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Earthshakers National Dance Competition, and Downtown Dance Factory (NYC). 

Aretha Aoki is a choreographer, performer, educator and mother originally from unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver, B.C.) and currently residing on occupied land belonging to the Wabanaki Confederacy (Maine).  Aretha’s work has been performed at the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver, Canada) Kansas City Art Institute (MO), the Kraine Theater (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), Portland Ballet Theater (ME), Franco Center (ME), School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, A.P.E Gallery Ltd. (MA), Danspace Project (NYC), the Academy of Music (MA), Movement Research Festival (NYC), Center for Performance Research (NYC), Catch (NYC), Exit Art Gallery (NYC, Culturebot’s “Ephemeral Evidence”), New York Live Arts (2011/12 Fresh Tracks artist), the Kitchen (NYC, Emily Roysdon’s A Gay Bar Called Everywhere), the Chen Dance Center (NYC, 2010 Newsteps artist-in-residence), the Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC), AUNTS (Brooklyn, NY), the 92nd St. Y (NYC), and Studio 303 (Montreal, QC, 2007 Vernissage-danse artist in residence). She was the Dance Consultant for the theater production, Babette’s Feast (2018), which premiered at Portland Stage (ME) and had an Off-Broadway run at the Theater at St. Clement’s.

Bryn Cohn is an award-winning choreographer and the artistic director of Bryn Cohn + Artists (BC + A). She has presented work at Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, Bryant Park, Hudson Valley Dance Festival, 92nd Street Y and REDCAT Theater. Cohn was nominated for a Princess Grace Fellowship and won REGALIA, a choreography competition on Repertory Dance Theatre. She participated in the New Directions Choreography Lab at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - a creative residency supported by the Ford Foundation. Cohn has been commissioned by Louis Vuitton, Smartwater, BalletCollective (dancers of New York City Ballet), Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet and Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance. She was in artistic residence at Cal State Fullerton, Texas Christian University, University of Minnesota Duluth, Stockton University, University at Buffalo and Grand Valley State University among other institutions. Cohn received a full feature in Dance Teacher Magazine and is currently on faculty at AMDA College and Hussian College. She received a BFA from CalArts and a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a High Honors, Chancellor’s and Regent’s award recipient.

Banned Books Soap Box Event

Tuesday, September 28, 3:50pm - 5:40pm
Outside RWU Library

RWU dancers perform solos based on banned text on a 4’X4’ Soapbox stage in celebration of the National Library Association's Banned Books Week.


Thursday, October 14, 3:50pm - 5:40pm
Outside RWU Library
Free and open to others who may want to participate

RWU dancers participate in the 7th annual STAND – an advocacy event where participants take one hour to move from a prone position to standing - a kinetic metaphor to honor victims of domestic violence.  In partnership with RWU Title IX.

Rich Dance Company with RWU Dance Theatre Company

Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30pm
RWU Performing Arts Center's Dance Studio Theatre
Free - no reservations - first come first seated

Guest artist Ashley Rich will be choreographing 2 original works for RWU Dance Theatre Company.  Rich Dance Company will also be performing!

RWU Dance Theatre Company in Concert

Thursday, Dec. 2 – Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2pm
RWU Performing Arts Center - William Grandgeorge Theatre

By reservation - connect with for more info.

The culmination of Fall 2021's student, faculty, and guest artist dance works! 

*For more information on any of the above events, please contact:
Professor Cathy Nicoli at

Sunday, Oct. 17, 1pm - 5pm
RWU Performing Arts Center - Dance Studio.

Visit an open rehearsal by guest artist Ashley Rich!

Sunday, Nov. 14, 9am - 12pm
RWU Performing Arts Center - Dance Studio.

Sneak-a-peek of student and guest artist works in progress - prior their December premier during Dance Theatre Company's performance series!

For more information, please contact Professor Cathy Nicoli at

Spring 2022 - TBA

Visit campus and have one-on-one discussions with faculty and students - and even be matched with a Dance and Performance Studies student to accompany them for a day of classes and rehearsals.

For more information, please contact Professor Cathy Nicoli at

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