Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School

Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Audition Packet 2022-23

Applications can be found on the PWCS Speciality Programs website at pwcs.edu/specialtyprograms

To Get Started

  • Click on Application Process beginning November 1
  • To receive an audition for Colgan's Specialty program you must select Colgan as First Choice
  • Online applications for Colgan High School must be submitted by December 14th before 11:59 pm

Important Note: On the application you must make Colgan Center for Fine and Performing Arts your #1 choice.

Due to the high number of applicants, we can only schedule auditions for students who make Colgan their primary choice. If you are interested in the IT program at Forest Park, you can choose that as your second choice. If you are not chosen for Colgan, your name will be still entered in the lottery for your second choice.

Applicants for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts will:

  1. Complete the online application and submit it ONLINE
  2. Students only use your PWCS email (@pwcs-edu.org) on the application
  3. Participate in an audition or portfolio overview
  4. Upload signed enrollment agreement to specialty programs county website
  5. Upload the completed qualifications form to specialty programs county website
  6. Dress appropriately for the virtual audition. Music Visual Art and Creative Writing students should dress professionally. Theatre and Dance students should dress comfortably for movement. (proper dance attire for dancers).
  7. Participate in the audition on the date and time given to you. You will receive this information in a letter in December via email after applications have been processed.

In-Person Audition for Dance will be

Saturday January 8th, 2022

Audition letters with the audition date and time will be sent electronically by December 20th.

Audition letters will be sent electronically before Winter Break by central office along with the enrollment and qualifications forms for auditions

Prince William County Public Schools Division does not discriminate in employment or in its educational programs and activities against qualified individuals based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, veteran status or disability


Dance Audition Requirements

Please keep in mind that Covid restrictions may force us to alter the format of the audition slightly

Part 1 - Dance Class

Applicant will participate in a dance technique class consisting of classical ballet barre and center which will include movement patterns in ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques.

Part 2 - Dance Solo

Applicant will perform a student prepared solo. This piece should be no less than one minute in length and no more than one and a half minutes. Applicant will bring their own music on a clearly labeled CD or on an electronic device.

Part 3 - Interview

The panel will execute a brief interview with each applicant after the performance of solo work.

Audition Attire

Students should arrive in proper dance attire. Leotards and tights are preferred for female applicants. Male applicants should wear form fitting work out wear or jazz pants. Appropriate footwear is required- ballet slippers, jazz shoes and bare feet for modern. Hair should be pulled back and securely fastened. Please refrain from wearing jewelry or baggy clothes

Dance Audition Rubric

Technique

Ballet

Superior (10-9)

Dancer shows a superior understanding of ballet technique and movement quality.

Dancer demonstrates proper alignment and carriage in all body facings and complex movement sequences

Dancer picks up the choreography quickly and efficiently

Dancer demonstrates movement with accuracy and confidence

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer shows a mature understanding of ballet technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates proper alignment and carriage in most body facings and complex movement sequences

Dancer picks up the choreography quickly with just 1-2 errors.

Dancer demonstrates movement with accuracy

Good (6-5)

Dancer shows a good understanding of ballet technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates proper alignment and carriage in most body facings but struggles with alignment in complex movement sequences

Dancer demonstrates knowledge of choreography but can keep up with the group.

Dancer is able to demonstrate choreography but with 3-5 errors

Fair (4-3)

Dancer shows basic understanding of ballet technique and movement quality

Dancer shows minimal understanding and ability to hold proper alignment but struggles with consistency

Dancer demonstrates some knowledge of choreography but unsure of some movement, causing hesitation or pause in performance.

Makes several errors

Poor (2-1)

Dancer does not perform with understanding of ballet technique and movement quality

Dancer is unable to hold proper alignment in body facings and complex movement sequences

Dancer is unsure of all movement and must watch others to get through the combinations

Cannot make it through the combinations

Modern

Superior (10-9)

Dancer shows a superior understanding of modern technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates superior understanding of weight shift and torso mobility

Dancer picks up the choreography quickly and efficiently

Dancer demonstrates movement with accuracy and confidence

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer shows a mature understanding of modern technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates strong understanding of weight shift and torso mobility

Dancer picks up the choreography quickly with just 1-2 errors

Dancer demonstrates movement with accuracy

Good (6-5)

Dancer shows a good understanding of modern technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates strong understanding of weight shift but struggles with torso mobility

Dancer demonstrates knowledge of choreography but can keep up with the group

Dancer is able to demonstrate choreography but with 3-5 errors

Fair (4-3)

Dancer shows a good understanding of modern technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates basic understanding of weight shift but struggles with torso mobility

Dancer demonstrates knowledge of choreography but can keep up with the group

Dancer is able to demonstrate choreography but with 3-5 errors

Poor (2-1)

Dancer does not perform with understanding of modern technique and movement quality

Dancer is unable to execute proper weight shift and torso mobility

Dancer is unsure of all movement and must watch others to get through the combinations

Cannot make it through the combinations

Jazz

Superior (10-9)

Dancer shows a superior understanding of jazz technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates superior understanding of body isolations

Dancers can adapt to the style being presented in the choreography

Dancer picks up the choreography quickly and efficiently

Dancer demonstrates movement with accuracy and confidence

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer shows a mature understanding of jazz technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates strong understanding of body isolations

Dancers can adapt to the style being presented in the choreography

Dancer picks up the choreography quickly with just 1-2 errors

Dancer demonstrates movement with accuracy

Good (6-5)

Dancer shows a good understanding of jazz technique and movement quality

Dancer demonstrates understanding of body isolations

Dancers struggle to adapt to the style being presented in the choreography

Dancer demonstrates knowledge of choreography but can keep up with the group

Dancer is able to demonstrate choreography but with 3-5 errors

Fair (4-3)

Dancer has minimal understanding of jazz technique and movement quality

Dancer in unable to demonstrate body isolations

Dancer shows difficulty in adapting to the style being presented in the choreography

Dancer is unsure of some movement combinations and must watch others to get through the combinations

Dance makes several errors in the combination

Poor (2-1)

Dancer does not perform with understanding of jazz technique and movement quality

Dancer in unable to demonstrate body isolations

Dancer cannot adapt to the style being presented in the choreography

Dancer is unsure of all movement and must watch others constantly

Cannot make it through the combinations

Choreography

Composition and Structure

Superior (10-9)

Dancer shows a superior understanding of personal strengths presented in choreography

Dancer shows superior understanding of space and design

Dancer properly executes a range of movement qualities

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer shows understanding of personal strengths presented in choreography

Dancer shows understanding of space and design

Dancer properly executes a range of movement qualities

Good (6-5)

Dancer highlights only a few of their personal strengths presented in choreography

Dancer shows a basic understanding of space and design

Dancer investigates only one movement quality throughout

Fair (4-3)

Dancer does not showcase their abilities within choreography

Dancer shows minimal understanding of space and design

Choreography does not change movement qualities at all

Poor (2-1)

Choreography does not compliment the dancer’s abilities

Spacing and design is not well thought out

Choreography does not change movement qualities at all

Musical Interpretation

Superior (10-9)

Dancer shows superior understanding of musical structure and phrasing

Tempo and rhythms are clear and complex throughout

Dancer movement is heavily motivated by the music

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer shows understanding of musical structure and phrasing

Tempo and rhythms are clear throughout

Dancer movement is motivated by the music

Good (6-5)

Dancer shows basic understanding of musical structure and phrasing

Tempo and rhythms are mostly clear throughout the dance and dancer gets off beat only once

Dancer movement is motivated by the music

Fair (4-3)

Dancer shows minimal understanding of musical structure and phrasing

Tempo and rhythms are inconsistent throughout the dance

Dancer gets off beat 2-3 times

It is unclear if dancer movement is motivated by the music

Poor (2-1)

Dancer struggles with understanding musical structure and phrasing

Tempo and rhythms are inconsistent throughout the dance

Dancer gets off beat 4-5 times

No correlation between music and movement

Stage Presence and Self-Expression

Superior (10-9)

Shows superior ability to present the work with confidence and poise

Clear understanding of performance strengths

Dancer’s movement is technically challenging, expressive, imaginative, and communicative

Excellent (8-7)

Shows strong ability to present the work with confidence and poise

Clear understanding of performance strengths

Dancer’s movement is advanced, expressive, imaginative, and communicative

Good (6-5)

Dancer is able to present the work with poise

Clear understanding of performance strengths

Dancer’s movement is adequately expressive, imaginative, and communicative

Fair (4-3)

Dancer struggles with presenting the work with confidence and poise but makes it through the piece

Does not demonstrate a clear understanding of performance strengths

Dancer’s movement lacks in artistry and self-expression

Poor (2-1)

Dancer struggles with presenting the work with confidence and poise and cannot make it through the dance

Does not demonstrate a clear understanding of performance strengths

Dancer’s movement lacks in difficulty artistry and self-expression

Interview

Interview

Superior (10-9)

Dancer shows superior knowledge of their craft

Dancer speaks eloquently and confidently

Dancer speaks with a clear passion for their art

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer shows strong knowledge of their craft

Dancer answers questions fully

Dancer speaks with a clear passion for their art

Good (6-5)

Dancer shows basic knowledge of their craft

Dancer answers questions but is brief in their response

Dancer shows passion for their art

Fair (4-3)

Dancer struggles with discussing their art

Dancer answers all questions but is brief in their response

Dancer does not consistently show passion in their responses

Poor (2-1)

Dancer struggles with discussing their art

Dancer cannot answer questions asked

Dancer does not seem passionate about their art

Personal Conduct

Superior (10-9)

Dancer wears professional and appropriate dance attire throughout the audition

Dancer is pleasant, engaged, and acts as a leader throughout the audition process

Student is exceedingly prepared for the audition

Excellent (8-7)

Dancer wears appropriate dance attire throughout the audition

Dancer is pleasant and engaged throughout the audition process

Student is prepared for the audition

Good (6-5)

Dancer wears appropriate dance attire throughout the audition

Dancer is pleasant and engaged throughout most of the audition process

Student performed well but could have prepared more to reach highest potential

Fair (4-3)

Dancer audition attire does not show their professionalism

Dancer lost focus at certain points in the audition process

Student would benefit from more preparation

Poor (2-1)

Dancer audition attire is inappropriate

Dancer was not focused or attentive during the audition process

Student did not come prepared