Cornell dance students in rehearsal.

You may be eligible for our stackable Cornell College Dance Scholarship (up to $5,000.)

Cornell College Dance Scholarship eligibility requirements

Dancing is required but if you are applying for this scholarship, we assume you love to dance!

Steps for eligibility Deadline
Complete your admissions application and be admitted to Cornell College.
Complete your fine arts scholarship application. March 1
Complete your audition. March 1

Audition information

You have three audition options. Attend our Fine Arts Audition Day. Schedule an on-campus audition. Or provide us a link on your fine arts scholarship application to a YouTube or website video. Here's what you'll need prior to your audition:

  • Headshot photo (8x10)
  • Dance resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a theatre teacher, director, or a person in the dance field

Fine Arts Scholarship Audition Day

We host Audition Days a couple of times a year, but if you cannot make one of those dates, you can schedule an individual visit and audition during your individual visit. The next Audition Day will be on February 15, 2019

Prepare your best, leave the nerves at home. We look forward to watching you perform. 

Scheduling an on-campus audition

Make sure to schedule an audition at least two weeks in advance. We'll do our best to coordinate with the professors who will manage your audition. Contact admissions for any scheduling help or questions. 

Dance audition guidelines

Dance audition guidelines
Perform a solo piece that is 2-3 minutes in length in the style you feel most comfortable performing.
The choreography can be original or that of another choreographer.
If auditioning on campus, bring your music and the device your music will be played on because an accompanist will not be provided.
Your music can be a cutting from a larger piece.
During the scheduled audition you will meet with the dance professor and discuss the program, talk about your interests in dance, and be given the chance to ask questions. 
You will complete an interview with the dance faculty as part of your audition either in person or via Skype.

Cornell College Dance Scholarship renewal

You can renew your scholarship annually as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and fulfill the expectations as outlined. 


Participate in one dance course per academic year.
Participate in one main stage production or one movement based adjunct course per academic year.
Your yearly main stage production should be movement intensive, such as a cabaret, a musical, or a dance recital.
Attend the theatre and dance department meetings monthly.

Get started

What do you do next? If you haven't completed your Cornell application yet, start that as soon as possible. If you have completed your application, great! We just need to know that you are interested in pursuing this opportunity. Don't forget to schedule your audition and good luck!