DTCB 2019 Frequently Asked Questions


When and where does Dancewave Through College & Beyond (DTCB) take place? DTCB takes place on October 5th & 6th at Hunter College Main Campus. The college fair, panels and workshops on October 5th take place in Hunter College’s West Building, located at 695 Park Avenue in New York, NY 10065, and the auditions and master classes on October 6th take place across the street at Thomas Hunter Hall.

What is Dancewave? Dancewave is a nonprofit dance education organization serving 6,000 youth and adult dancers each year. Founded in 1995, Dancewave offers pre-professional training opportunities to young dancers ages 7-18 through its Youth Company Program, as well as Summer Dance Intensives for students ages 13-20. The 3,600 sq foot Dancewave Center is located at 182 4th Avenue in the heart of the growing Gowanus community near downtown Brooklyn, NY. If you are local to the area or have time to stop by our dance and community center during your visit, please do!

What time do activities start and end October 5th and 6th? Check-in on Saturday begins as early as 9:00am. Saturday events run from approximately 9:30am-5:00pm, with a dinner break before the evening Showcase performance (ending at 8:30pm). Students auditioning on Sunday should plan to be on-site from 8:30am-3:30pm; non-auditioning students should plan to be on-site Sunday from 9:30am-3:30pm. See Tentative Event Schedule on the Student Registration page for more detailed interim information.

When will the list of auditioning colleges be announced? Dancewave will periodically update the list of confirmed colleges on the website leading up to the event. A final list of colleges attending and sitting on the audition panel will be released on September 16th.

Which airport is better, JFK or La Guardia? La Guardia airport is geographically closer to the event location in Midtown, however JFK is generally considered to be a larger airport with more reliable options for travelers.

Do you have hotel recommendations? Visit our Local Resources page for hotel and details on the event location and local ammenities.

Is DTCB a handicap accessible event? Unfortunately, Dancewave can not 100% guarantee guests that DTCB 2019 will be Handicap Accessible. Hunter College has a historic campus that has not yet been retrofitted for accessibility.
West Building (Saturday, October 5): We have been warned that the elevators have a tendency to breakdown from time to time inside the West Building, where the college fair and workshops located on Saturday, October 5th. Locations for the afternoon Careers in Dance panel and the DTCB Showcase are accessible.
If you would like to request the tentative wheelchair access for Saturday, please email DTCB@dancewave.org by Friday, Sept. 20th, 2019. Dancewave will need to notify Hunter College in advance.
Thomas Hunter Hall Building (Sunday, October 6): There is no wheelchair access on Sunday, August 6th.


Does one need to be a high school senior in order to attend the college audition, or are rising high school juniors eligible as well? Is there an age limit to audition? To be eligible to participate in DTCB auditions and scholarships opportunities, registered attendees must be a high school senior, recently graduated high school, or eligible to apply to college and professional programs for entry in Fall 2020.

Parent feedback has consistently suggested that all high schoolers interested in dance benefit from attending DTCB. The college fair, panels, workshops and peer-to-peer sessions are available to all students and offer new information, activities, presenters and teachers each year.

I am only interested in the audition aspect of the event. Can I just attend the auditions on Sunday? Students must attend the College Fair on Saturday to be eligible to participate in the Sunday auditions. Any registered student who does not check-in during their assigned time slot on Saturday will lose their opportunity to audition and their slot will be transferred to a waitlisted student.

If I audition at DTCB for a school, am I allowed to audition for one of the schools again to double my chances? This is at the discretion of the colleges individually. If you are interested in auditioning for a college again, we encourage you to contact the college’s Dance department directly.

Do I need to prepare a solo? No. On Sunday, Dancewave provides professional ballet and modern instructors who teach phrases in preparation for the group audition.

What is the audition format? DTCB 2019 auditions have two segments: a 75-minute warm-up/audition prep session and the 60-minute audition. There is a 15 minute break in between. Dancers will not be performing a solo.
Dancers should arrive dressed to dance and wear coverups. Dancers should wear a solid color leotard (black or an expressive color, no patterns), black or pink convertible tights. Hair should be pulled back in a bun.
Warm-Up/Audition Prep: number check, learn modern combination and ballet adagio, Dancewave empowerment circle squeeze!
Audition: 30-minutes Ballet (barre and adagio); 30-minutes Modern (across the floor & modern combination from warm-up).
There will be 30 audition panelists watching the audition portion only.

What are the resume and headshot requirements?
Headshots and resumes are required for auditioners as a part of regular protocol for professional auditions. Students are responsible for distributing copies of their resume and headshot to their colleges of interest during the College Fair on Saturday.

Headshot (8×10 inches on photo paper)
Resume (8.5×11 inches on regular white copy paper: ONE PAGE); should include activities, achievements, GPA, and any other information students want colleges to know about them.
Include your audition number (it will be sent to you ahead of the event) in the top right corner of your resume in black marker.
Headshots should be stapled to resumes, back to back.

Do I need to bring a resume and headshot if I am on the Audition Wait List?
Yes, please bring your headshots and resumes according to the instructions above. Please indicate “WL” in the top right corner of your resume in black marker.

How many sets of headshots and resumes should I bring?
You should bring enough to hand out to all of the colleges on the audition panel that you are interested in applying to (there will be up to 30).

Panelists will have the contact information and audition numbers for all students who are auditioning and may contact individuals after DTCB 2019 based on their audition even if the student did not turn their headshot and resume to a particular college.

Will I find out results at the audition? Admissions and scholarship decisions are not discussed at the event. Students should follow up directly with schools they are interested in. Colleges received a list of all students auditioning, so students may hear from interested colleges even if they had not visited their booth at the college fair. Dancewave is not involved with acceptance, financial aid, or scholarship decisions.

If I am on the audition waitlist, what are my chances of auditioning? Dancers will be moved off the waitlist in the order they registered as space becomes available. Dancers on the waitlist should prepare to be called to audition up to 5pm on Saturday. Dancers must attend DTCB on Saturday in order to be eligible to move off the waitlist.


What is the cost to attend? Admission to the College Fair, Panels and Workshops are completely free! Students are encouraged to consider our Student Package PLUS ($75) which includes Dancewave’s integral College Guide, a Dancewave t-shirt and tote bag, plus lunch and tickets to the DTCB Showcase on Saturday for two. The Audition Package PLUS ($85) includes all of the above as well as the required Sunday audition fee. The above items are also available a-la-carte. See full list of price options and details on our Student Registration page.

My student will be taking the SAT on Saturday, October 5th. Can they still attend DTCB? There will be a late check-in opportunity after noon on Saturday to accommodate SAT students, however please note that students arriving in this group will miss one of the college preparedness workshops as a result. Email dtcb@dancewave.org at the time of your registration to notify DTCB staff of your late check-in preference so that you can be placed in the appropriate group for Saturday.

Can I have more than one adult attend with me? No. The capacity of the venue is limited and we have prioritized maximizing the space for as many students as possible. A different adult may attend on Saturday and Sunday (please email us to make this request).

If we decide to not come, would we lose our registration fees? Yes. There are no refunds for non-arrivals.

Can I upgrade my registration or add options? Please email us to request an upgrade or add-on to your original registration. Dancewave will handle changes on a case-by-case basis. There are no refunds.


How do I get tickets for the DTCB Showcase? Two Showcase tickets are included in the Student Package PLUS and Audition Package PLUS options. Showcase tickets are available for purchase both online as an a-la-carte item through the Student Registration portal and on-site during DTCB at the Hunter College West Building lobby. Tickets are not available at the door. Sales will end at 3pm at Hunter.

Does my student perform in the Showcase? The DTCB Showcase is a performance featuring choreographic works presented by a select group of colleges participating in DTCB 2019, designed to further illustrate the performing opportunities of college degree programs. DTCB Student attendees will not be participating or performing as part of the Showcase – they are encouraged to watch and see an array of college performances! Tickets to the showcase are included in PLUS packages or available a la carte during registration.

Who is performing at the DTCB Showcase? Select colleges attending the DTCB College Fair have auditioned to perform at the Showcase. Performers will be announced in late-September.


If my student is accepted to a college program based on their audition at DTCB, are they also automatically accepted into the college? No. Students who have been notified of acceptance to a college program or financial scholarship should contact the college’s admissions office directly to confirm and fulfill the college’s admissions requirements.

Does my student need to be accepted into the college academically first, before the school would consider or notify about a financial scholarship? It is at the discretion of the colleges individually to accept students to their program and make scholarship announcements to prospective students, even as a DTCB auditionee. Any student accepted to a college’s Dance department must also be accepted into the college to be able to attend the program. We encourage you to contact the college’s Dance department and admissions office directly.