The dance program at Saint Mary’s College offers scholarships to incoming freshmen. Dance scholarships are merit-based for demonstrated artistic excellence.

The audition will consist of three parts: a modern dance technique class, a short solo, and an interview.

How to prepare for the audition:

Modern Dance class

  • You will need to arrive to the studio ready to dance.
  • We do not have a dress code, although no baggy clothing preferred.
  • You will be dancing barefoot on a vinyl Stage Step floor (you may wear   socks, half soles, etc, if you find it too sticky).
  • We look for the dancer with a passion to move; do not worry if you have never had a modern dance class. The dance program values diversity.

Solo Choreography

  • Choreograph a 1.5-2 minute solo to music with no lyrics.
  • The solo can be in any style and should represent both your dancing and choreographic abilities.
  • The studio has a CD player and is iPod compatible. Bring your own music.
  • Costumes are not required.


To maintain scholarship eligibility you must:

  • Major or minor in dance;
  • Be a full time student;
  • Pass all classes;
  • Enroll in one dance company class per semester;
  • Audition for at least one guest artist piece per year;
  • Perform in the annual spring dance concert (if injury prevents performance, then the student will be assigned a backstage position); and
  • Serve the department as a model citizen.

Apply for an audition here.

For further information or to schedule an audition contact Director Cathy Davalos, (925) 631-4824, or email,

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