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For information on Dance Team and Contemporary Dancers auditions, please visit the Student Organizations page

The UDC will not have auditions or perform this semester.

This is a select group of male and female dancers, chosen by audition, who perform ballet, modern, jazz, tap and other dance styles in a performance each semester.

The UDC is open to all ESU students regardless of major, and produces a dance performance each semester with works in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and contemporary dance styles choreographed and performed by students, faculty, and guest artists. Members also participate in teaching the Community Dance Program to gain experience in teaching dance. For more information please contact Professor Elizabeth Gibbons, Artistic Director, (570) 422-3331,

When and where are auditions, and who can audition for the UDC?

The group meets Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:30 PM in dance studio G-6 in the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Prospective dancers should have a strong background in dance (3 years' suggested minimum dance training) and be a full or part–time student at East Stroudsburg University. The Dance Studio is located on the second floor of Koehler Fieldhouse at the corner of Smith and Normal streets on the East Stroudsburg University campus.

What is required?

Students who are accepted into the Company are required to enroll in DANC/FIT 315: Dance Performance & Production which meets Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Dancers are typically cast in 1–5 dances which will rehearse at different times depending on the student's schedule.

What is the format for the auditions?

You do not need a prepared routine. The format is like a dance class: warm–up, center floor, and locomotor (across–the–floor) combinations. Dr. Gibbons, artistic director, will direct a basic dance technique warm–up (pliés, tendus) to assess students' alignment and placement. Faculty, guest artists and/or upperclass dance students then teach across–the–floor phrases in ballet, modern, jazz, or other styles. The audition usually finishes with improvisation to get an idea of how dancers move as individuals and respond to others through movement. Don't worry if you are proficient in one dance style but not others; come and do your best! Professional dancers and teachers provide services as guest artists for audition and performance, including Maria Triano of PA Dance Network.

What should I bring to the audition?

Come dressed to dance in appropriate dancewear: leotard & tights, or unitard, or dance pants and top. Long hair must be pulled back in a bun, braid or ponytail. Bring dance shoes or just bare feet.

Also bring a copy of your class and work schedule; you will be asked to fill out a schedule form that lets choreographers know when you are available to rehearse.

Can I still be involved with the UDC if I don't make the audition or if I don't dance?

Yes! The UDC also needs motivated, creative, reliable people to help with publicity, design, costumes, lights, and other areas of production. Interested students should enroll in DANC 315 Dance Performance & Production and come to the studio the first day of classes, even if they do not intend to audition.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions, please email Artistic Director Dr. Elizabeth Gibbons at