Dance Audition Requirements

This year's audition will consist of two portions.  All applicants will submit recorded audition pieces and participate in a live synchronous audition.  Detailed information on how materials will be submitted and how to attend the "live" session will be sent to you once you complete the application. 

To be submitted for audition:

*Recording of applicant performing provided modern dance combination. Click here for link to combination

*Recording of applicant performing provided ballet combinations. Click here for link to combination

*30 second recording of applicant performing at their "best and most confident". This may be in any genre or style including by not limited to: Tap, Jazz, Liturgical, Ballet, Pointe, Hip-hop, Modern, Contemporary, etc... May be choreographed by student or another person. Any school-appropriate music or sound may be used. 

(Optional) Students who are en pointe may choose to submit a video of pointe work.  Please find a safe surface to demonstrate the following steps using a barre or the equivalent: Releve in first, Echappe to second, Sous-sus , Releve Passe

 Live Remote Synchronous Audition will include:

-Learning and performing a short modern combination.

-Learning and performing a  ballet variation.

-Note these will be new combinations that applicants will learn that day. 

-One on one interview with dance faculty. 

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:   understanding of proper alignment, musicality, performance projection and expressiveness, flexibility, strength, and coordination. Participants should wear tights and leotards (female) or tights and a fitted tank (male) in a solid, conservative colors. Appropriate ballet shoes, pointe shoes (if they dance on pointe) should be used, and students should dance in bare feet for the modern selection.   


How to Apply

1.Apply through JCPS Options and Magnets

Before applying to YPAS, be sure to complete the JCPS Options and Magnets Application.

2.Complete the YPAS Application

Click "Apply Now" to start this process. You do not need to complete separate applications for YPAS and Manual. Please be prepared to upload the following:

  • Headshot (this can be a school picture or one you take yourself)
  • Performance resume (you can Google sample resumes for your audition area)
  • One page essay entitled “Why I want to attend YPAS” (typed or handwritten)
  • Non-Jefferson County Public School students will need to include school transcripts including middle school grades, test scores, and most recent progress report. If you are currently in high school, please upload that information for the current year and your previous two years of school.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are auditioning for more than one YPAS area, you only have to apply online once.


3. Get two teacher recommendations

You will need two recommendation forms to complete the application process.  You can choose a school teacher, private instructor, director, or other community members to complete the recommendation form. Copy the link below and send it to the two people you choose to complete the recommendation.

Teacher Recommendation Form Link:



Prepare the audition material for your specific area listed on this page. Be sure to work with a teacher or private instructor so you are fully prepared.


Once you submit your application and both recommendations have been received, information about auditions will be emailed to the primary email you list on the application.  If you have not received an email within one week of submitting your packet, check with your recommenders to see they have completed the forms.  If they have, please email