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UA School of Dance BFA Graduates

The following list is compiled of various types of employment that the UA School of Dance Alumni were placed in after their completion of a BFA degree. The list begins with the most recent and current running contracts along with other noted contracts fulfilled by former BFA graduates.

Ballet Companies
Ballet Nebraska – Julia Rose Zukaitis, Elena Carter
Rochester Ballet, NY- Megan Kamler, Kelly Moeller, Shannon Rodriguez
Florida Dance Theater-Molly Alher, Eric Linder
James Sewell Ballet – Minneapolis, MN - Sara Hanes, Jayden Reddy
Ballet Tucson, AZ- Deanna Donchez, Nadia Ali
Ballet Nouveau/Wonderbound, Denver,Co- Candice Bergeron, Corbin Kalinowski, Colby Foss
California Ballet- Ilana Jonas (soloist)
City Ballet of San Diego, CA- Laura Kaufman, Geoff Gonzalez
Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Germany- Liz Tolles
John C. Art Ballet, Orange County, CA-Cassie Salmon
Joffrey II, Chicago, IL & Suzanne Farrell Ballet- Jesse Campbell
Smuin Ballet, San Francisco, CA-Weston Krukow
Grupo Corpo in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil-Alicia Nascimento Castro
Ballet Hispanico II-Ana Estrada, Cole Vernon
Nevada Ballet Theatre-Jenny Lindsay Warren
Pacific Northwest Ballet –Deb Kenner (faculty)
Las Vegas Ballet, NV- Alyssa Dale, Shay Lucey
Ballet Austin, TX- Kelsey Davis
Houston Ballet, TX- Caleb Mitchell
American Ballet Theatre, NYC & Washington Ballet, DC - Amanda Cobb

Modern, Contemporary & Jazz Companies
Giordano Dance Chicago- Adam Houston, Natasha Overturff, Josh Carter, Zac Heller
Giordano II, Chicago, IL- Jack Halbert
Limón Dance Company, NYC- Alex McBride
Eisenhower Dance, Detroit, MI- Katheryn Larsen
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago- Michael Gross
Paul Taylor II, NYC-Amanda Stevensen
Royal Flux, Los Angeles,CA- Bridgett Krouse
Larry Keigwin + Co., New York, NY- Kacie Boblit, Emily Shoen
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company , NYC -  Bart Cowperthwaite
Odyssey Dance Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT- Greg Liles, Matt Lynady, Kelsey Walsh, Lane Blue, Laura Kaufman, Breanne Wilson
Lehrer Dance, Buffalo, NY- Ryan Moguel
BodyVox, Portland, OR -Zachary Carroll – former company member, current Rehearsal Director of 2nd Company
DanceWorks Chicago - Toni Lum , Cole Vernon
Thodos Dance Chicago- Annie Christiansen, Taylor Mitchel
Inaside Chicago Dance- Katie Kalwolski
The Big Muddy Dance Company, St. Louis, MO. - Eric Ostrand, Kelly Bitzer
BODYTRAFFIC, Los Angeles, CA,- Miguel Perez
Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Los Angeles, CA- Bart Cowperthwaite
Koresh, Philadelphia, PA.-  Alexis Viator
Company E, Washington, DC- Amanda Englehardt
LA Contemporary Dance Company- Melissa Shade
Hubbard St II, Chicago- Miguel Perez

Broadway /Touring Shows
An American In Paris – Bart Cowperthwaite
An American In Paris (Paris, France production)- Weston Krukow
West Side Story- Anthony Raimondi
Cats, Wicked, Bring It On- Greg Haney
Billy Elliot- Nic Torres
Hairspray- Cory Campbell
Elf, The Musical- Sean Repetto
Phantom of the Opera, Las Vegas (dancer /rehearsal director) – Courtney Combs
Radio City Rockettes (NYC cast)- Mindy Moeller, Nicole Baker, Ashley Ayer
Movin’ Out- Shanya Harris, Stacey Harris

Cirque du Soleil Productions
Mystère (Las Vegas)-Ashley Lafferty
The Beatles LOVE (Las Vegas)- Gianni Howell , Alex Yonkovitch, Jacque Guimond
Elvis (Las Vegas )- Miguel Perez
Le Rev (Las Vegas)- Jon Curtis, Taylor Bradley
Cirque du Soleil /Toyko- Nick Duran

Las Vegas Shows
Jubilee-Sean Viator
Steve Wynn’s Show Stoppers- Taylor Bradley, Miguel Perez
The Donny & Marie Show, Las Vegas- Ashley Williams, Miguel Perez

Cruiselines*
*numerous graduates each year have contracts with:
Royal Caribbean (Including the Broadway production of Chicago)
Stiletto Entertainment
Norwegian Cruise Line
Holland America
Disney Cruise Line

Vocal Artists
Britney Spears (Las Vegas & world tour)-Gakenia Muguai
Ricky Martin (world tour)- Tori Evans
Celine Dion ( Las Vegas show & world tour) – Miguel Perez

Professional Talent Agencies*
*numerous graduates each year are represented by:
McDonald Selznick & Associates (MSA), LA & NYC
Bloch, LA & NYC
Clear Talent, LA
Go 2 Talent, LA

Other
Spamalot /Palace Theatre, New Hampshire-Sissy Bell
National commercial for Nike- Michello Costello
Barbie Live World Tour- Tori Evans, Bridgett Krouse
The Lido, Paris, France- Justin Quandt
Tokyo Disney
St. Louis Muni Opera

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Dance Minor

The School of Dance offers a dance minor, which is a 21 unit program of study. Dance minors track specifically in one of three disciplines, ballet, modern or jazz. Although we do not permit dancers to audition for the minor, those who audition for the BFA program who may not meet the criteria for entrance there, but who do demonstrate a proficiency in either ballet, modern, or jazz, may be offered a spot as a dance minor. There are limited positions for dance minors.

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DANCE MEDICINE CLINIC

The University of Arizona School of Dance is unique not only for its artistry on stage, but for its workings behind the main curtain as well. 

Since 2013,  UA Dance students have had access to specialized onsite musculoskeletal care through a weekly Dance Medicine Clinic. The Clinic is run by Dr. Daniel Latt, a specialist in sports medicine and foot and ankle surgery. As a specialist in both orthopaedics and sports medicine, Doctor Latt is well acquainted with injuries specific to high intensity athletes such as dancers and is able to offer optimal care to our performing artists. The goal of the Clinic is to provide the students of the School of Dance timely and accurate evaluations of their injuries, advice on effective treatments for simple injuries, and referrals for more complex problems. By improving access to specialized care, it is hoped that both the frequency and the duration of injuries will be reduced, thus improving the training of every UA Dance student.

DANCE TRAINING ROOM

The University of Arizona dance students enjoy a direct conduit to our on campus Sports Medicine team. This includes daily, on-site access to services in the dance athletic training room by a licensed athletic trainer who specializes in dance-related care and injury prevention.

During athletic training visits dancers receive evaluation and treatment of any musculoskeletal concerns that arise.  Visits may include soft tissue work, tailored exercises for the rehabilitation of their specific injury, and dance-specific taping and modalities as needed.  Pre-performance treatments are also available to dancers.

In addition, the U of A dance students may also utilize the University of Arizona Campus Health Services where they have access to dual credentialed athletic trainer/physical therapists who have expertise in dance-medicine and who also work with our intercollegiate athletes. Access is also available to on-site physicians specializing in Sports Medicine with extensive dance-medicine expertise, often same-day.  Quick access to this team of sports medicine providers offers ideal care in order to return the UA dance student to participation as safely and quickly as possible.

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General Education Dance Classes
The School of Dance offers a wide array of general education dance classes available to all students on campus. Included in these class offerings are multiple levels of jazz, ballet, modern, tap, African dance and more! Dance general education classes meet Tier 2 Arts requirements.

General education dance class offerings can be viewed through the academic catalog or through your UAccess account.

Placement Audition
If you would like more information about which class levels are appropriate for you, the School of Dance offers a placement class on the Saturday prior to the start of the fall semester. Students should be prepared for an hour-long class, beginning at 10am, to include ballet, jazz, and modern movement styles. Attire should allow you to move freely (no baggie clothing) showing clear lines of arms, legs, and back.

No pre-registration required. Please arrive on time at the Ina Gittings Building Room 124.

Following the placement class, advisors are available to assist students with registering for general education dance classes. For more information please contact the Dance Office at 520-621-4698.

 

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Dancer’s Consort

Dancer’s Consort is a student organization where dance majors may serve as members to promote the following objectives:
Dancers' Consortium is an ASUA recognized student organization open to all students at the University. With a membership consisting primarily of School of Dance students, Dancers' Consort seeks to establish a sense of community among students, faculty, and the dance community as a whole.

-To build community among those affiliated with or interested in the UA School of Dance
-To provide fellowship among students and faculty.
-To represent student needs and wants in regard to UA School of Dance facilities, management, events, and social affairs.
-To provide scholarship for students pursuing summer study.
-To afford students the opportunity to give back to the UA School of Dance.
-To sponsor the annual Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase and provide members a discounted tuition fee.

Our members play an integral part in the organization and execution of the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase: an annual fundraiser held by the school of dance each fall which brings both funding and recognition to the dance department.

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UNDERGRADUATE

Academic Advisors for undergraduate dance majors include Professor Melissa Lowe for freshman and seniors, and Professor Elizabeth George-Fesch for sophomores and juniors.  You may schedule an appointment with your advisor through the appointment sign-up sheet in the dance office or by emailing Melissa at mlhancoc@email.arizona.edu or Elizabeth at egeorge@email.arizona.edu .

Your academic advisors can help you with the following items:
General education curriculum
Dance academics
Dance technique classes
Audition information
Rehearsal schedules
Transfer coursework
General information about on-campus and off-campus housing
Subscribing you to the UA Dance listserv

GRADUATE

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Amy Ernst, advises dance graduate students.  You may schedule an appointment with her via email:  ame@email.arizona.edu.

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AUDITIONS

Admission to the School of Dance is a two-step process for both undergraduate and graduate students. You must submit separate applications to the University of Arizona and the School of Dance:
Apply for admission to the University of Arizona for undergraduates
Apply for admission to the University of Arizona for graduates

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BFA Program Auditions

National Auditions

Fall - Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:30 AM check-in, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby
Application Closing Date: MUST be submitted on or before Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spring - Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 AM check-in, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby
Application Closing Date: MUST be submitted on or before Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase*
Application Closing Date: September 27, 2017
* This audition is open to those participating in the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase.

Video Auditions*
Application & Video Deadline: Fall November 1st and Spring March 1st
*Please note, those who audition by way of video in lieu of attending an in-person audition are not able to be considered for a dance merit scholarship.

Undergraduate Dance Minor

The School of Dance offers a dance minor, which is a 21 unit program of study. Dance minors track specifically in one of three disciplines, ballet, modern or jazz. Although we do not permit dancers to audition for the minor, those who audition for the BFA program who may not meet the criteria for entrance there, but who do demonstrate a proficiency in either ballet, modern, or jazz, may be offered a spot as a dance minor. There are limited positions for dance minors.

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Desire to Learn / D2L is a campus-wide, web-based course management system designed to create a rich online learning environment for students. D2L includes features such as online syllabi, an electronic drop-box, automated grade book, discussion boards, and quiz capability.

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Graduate Assistant in Teaching Orientation (GATO)
If you would like to teach, you must attend the Graduate Assistant in Teaching Orientation (GATO). GATO is a half-day training session offered at the beginning of every semester.  If you will be teaching in your first semester, you must attend this training prior to the start of the semester in order to teach.  If you have not been assigned to teach, but would like to be eligible to teach at some point in your graduate career, attend GATO now.
You will need to register in order to attend:  http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources/ga

Dancer’s Consort is a student organization where dance majors may serve as members to promote the following objectives:
Dancers' Consortium is an ASUA recognized student organization open to all students at the University. With a membership consisting primarily of School of Dance students, Dancers' Consort seeks to establish a sense of community among students, faculty, and the dance community as a whole.

-To build community among those affiliated with or interested in the UA School of Dance
-To provide fellowship among students and faculty.
-To represent student needs and wants in regard to UA School of Dance facilities, management, events, and social affairs.
-To provide scholarship for students pursuing summer study.
-To afford students the opportunity to give back to the UA School of Dance.
-To sponsor the annual Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase and provide members a discounted tuition fee.

Our members play an integral part in the organization and execution of the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase: an annual fundraiser held by the school of dance each fall which brings both funding and recognition to the dance department.

The Dance Resources Center (DRC) is located in Room 8, downstairs in the Gittings Building. The DRC houses a collection of books, magazines, and articles on dance and related topics. It is also a good place to study or relax if you need to get away. Dance graduate students can be issued a key to the DRC.

There is a large collection of articles filed in the DRC on a variety of topics. Categories in the main file include Anthropology and Art, Gender Issues, Physiological and Psychological Research in the Arts, and Rock and Roll: Historical Perspectives. The Expanded Education file contains publications by NASD, the NEA, and many articles dealing with dance in grades K - 12, as well as in college level programs.

These files are indexed within each category by the title of the article. To use the file collection, choose the general category you are interested in, and browse through the titles listed on the index sheet for that category. The index sheet will tell you the number of the folder in which that article can be found. Articles in the DRC may only be examined in house.

The DRC also has back issues of some magazines, including Dance Magazine (1957 - 1991), Ballet News (1982 - 1986), some issues of Ballet Review, Dance Perspectives, and Kinesiology for Dance, and a few of the CORD publications. Copies of Master's Project Reports and Theses from previous UA grads are also located in the DRC. There are also copies of papers written by grads and undergraduate students in dance related classes such as Theory and Philosophy of Dance and Human Movement in the Arts.

Graduate Advising

Academic Advisors for graduate dance majors include Professor Amy Ernst and Professor Douglas Nielsen.  You may schedule an appointment with your advisor via email:  ame@email.arizona.edu or dnielsen@email.arizona.edu

Graduate Assistant in Teaching Orientation (GATO)
If you would like to teach, you must attend the Graduate Assistant in Teaching Orientation (GATO). GATO is a half-day training session offered at the beginning of every semester.  If you will be teaching in your first semester, you must attend this training prior to the start of the semester in order to teach.  If you have not been assigned to teach, but would like to be eligible to teach at some point in your graduate career, attend GATO now. 
You will need to register in order to attend:  http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources/ga

Steps After Admission
1. Set up your UA Net ID
Your UA NetID is your personal identifier for a number of online services at the University of Arizona. You'll use your Net ID to access Student Link, UAccess and MyGrad Coll.  
2. Set up your UA Email Address
Your email account will be the UA's official form of communication with you, so please check it often!
3. Send in your MMR Vaccination Records
You'll need to have these on file before you can register for classes.
4. Register for classes
In order to view the list of courses offered this semester, go to the Students section of the UA website. Select the "Schedule of Classes" link in the center of the page.
To register for classes you'll need to log into your account on UAccess Student - Student Center. Use your NetID and password to log on. Following are two short videos to demonstrate how to register for classes:

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5. Arizona Residency
If you have been living in Arizona for the last year, you can Apply for Residency
 

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Do I need to apply to the University of Arizona in addition
to auditioning for UA Dance?

Answer:  Yes.  You must apply to the University of Arizona as an incoming student prior to auditioning for UA Dance.

Are there scholarship opportunities for incoming undergraduate dance majors?
Answer:  Yes.  You must attend one of the national auditions AND submit a DVD to be considered for a dance merit-based scholarship.

Is it difficult to get accepted into the University of Arizona School of Dance?
Answer:  UA Dance is one of the top university dance programs in the nation.  500 applicants audition every year and 30-40 students are accepted. 

What is the program like at the University of Arizona School of Dance?
Answer:  The unique triple-track design, affords students the opportunity to study ballet, modern and jazz with equal emphasis.  Studying with and being mentored by a group of faculty, all of whom are nationally/internationally distinguished figures in the dance world, insures that students will have a stimulating environment in which to learn and to make professional connections as they approach graduation. Due to the fact that the BFA is a professional degree, a final but essential point of our criteria requires each applicant accepted to appear physically and mentally capable of completing the rigors of the four year program. Ultimately the faculty chooses dancers who are disciplined, know how to work, can stay focused and on task, are not timid and those who best exhibit a level of  professionalism which will allow them to be competitive in the professional job market upon graduation.

How many times per year do students perform?
Answer:  UA Dance performs around 30 concerts per year including a full season in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre as well as other venues.

Can my family take a tour of the School of Dance and the University of Arizona?
Answer:  If attending one of the national BFA Program auditions for the UA School of Dance, and also interested in arranging for a campus tour (strongly suggested), please call the Admissions Office, Campus Tour phone number: (520) 626-5943. Tours are offered on weekdays and therefore travel arrangements may need to accommodate an extra day in advance of the Saturday audition date to book a tour.

We recommend booking your tour the Friday prior to the audition. Visit admissions.arizona.edu for tour times and to register. If it is not possible to attend a weekday tour, additional “special” tours for UA Dance auditioners are offered on the morning of the Saturday audition at 9:00 a.m. Capacity for these specially arranged tours is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. If interested in booking this special tour please direct inquiries to Scott Kirkessner at:  visitua@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-3641

Current Students

This section of the website is designed to provide the necessary resources for current dance majors.  You will find links such as important websites within the university, dates and deadlines for registration and more. 

Please make sure you are subscribed to the idance listserv;  an email listserv that notifies students of important information such as UA Dance updates, rehearsal schedules, costume fittings and more.

Future Students

BFA Program Overview

In that the BFA is a professional degree, the primary focus is to offer technical training and performance experience that optimally prepares dancers for future professional careers in dance upon graduation. In meeting these demands, the unique triple-track design, affords students the opportunity to study ballet, modern and jazz with equal emphasis. Students also have the ability in their junior year, to taper their programs of study should they desire to specialize or concentrate more heavily on a particular discipline to meet specific future career goals, while still maintaining breadth in their technical foundation. Even though the BFA degree in dance places an emphasis on technique and performing, students are also assured of receiving a well-rounded education. To study dance at The University of Arizona is to have the best of both worlds----a nationally reputed dance program with a conservatory environment (in terms of the rigor and concentration), housed within an institution nationally lauded for scientific discoveries and research!

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MFA Program Overview

The graduate curriculum in dance allows the student to focus on teaching, research, choreography or performance for dance. It also provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies with other arts, humanities and sciences in support of the student’s development as a scholar, teacher and artist.

The M.F.A. degree has two emphasis areas that allow for intensive focus in performance or choreography. The program facilitates and nurtures dance artists in their area of emphasis while offering a comprehensive graduate education in dance. The M.F.A. degree is 60 units requiring 2-3 years of residency at the University of Arizona. The curriculum includes core courses and dance technique as well as courses in theory and pedagogy.

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Dance Minor

The School of Dance offers a dance minor, which is a 21 unit program of study. Dance minors track specifically in one of three disciplines, ballet, modern or jazz. Although we do not permit dancers to audition for the minor, those who audition for the BFA program who may not meet the criteria for entrance there, but who do demonstrate a proficiency in either ballet, modern, or jazz, may be offered a spot as a dance minor. There are limited positions for dance minors.

 

 

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There are two types of scholarships available for incoming undergraduate dance majors: 
Dance merit-based scholarships awarded by the University of Arizona School of Dance
Academic merit-based scholarships awarded by the University of Arizona

There are three types of scholarships available for incoming graduate dance majors:
Teaching Assistantships which includes an out-of-state tuition waver
Graduate College Fellowships
Graduate Tuition Scholarships

Undergraduate Dance Merit-based Scholarships Opportunities
If applying for a dance merit-based scholarship, an in-person audition and DVD submission is required for undergraduate applicants.
DVDs are used by the faculty for reference in making scholarship awards and ranking for levels of funding. You must attend an in-person audition to be considered for this type of funding.  If attending an audition in the Fall, the deadline to submit a DVD for scholarship consideration is November 1st.  If attending an audition in the Spring, the deadline to submit a DVD for scholarship consideration is March 1st.  Auditioning only by way DVD is not acceptable for scholarship consideration.
Scholarship students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Scholarships submitted for students with a grade point average below 3.0 will be denied.  To be eligible for scholarships or awards, students must be fulltime in at least 12 credit hours per semester.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms are available on-line or through the Office of Student Financial Aid website. Submission of a FAFSA is strongly encouraged for everyone and is required for all students who are recommended for scholarships.  These applications are used for the following federal student financial aid programs: Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, SEOG, Perkins Loans and College Work-Study. For more information on student financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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Graduate Admission

To apply for admission for the graduate program, the candidate must have extensive dance training, hold an undergraduate degree in dance and meet the minimum requirements of the UA Graduate College.


Four Steps for Graduate Application to the School of Dance

1.  M.F.A. candidates must apply to the University of Arizona prior to auditioning for the School of Dance.

2.  The School of Dance office must receive the following applicant materials prior to auditioning:

     • Statement of Purpose letter (a brief and focused essay
          about one's career or research goals)
     • Curriculum Vitae (comprehensive résumé)
     • Three letters of recommendation
     • DVD (or online link) of recent creative work (performance/choreography)
     • Undergraduate transcripts

3.  Mail the above audition requirements to:
     University of Arizona School of Dance, 121 Gittings Building
     ATTN., Director of Graduate Studies
     Tucson, AZ 85721-0093

4.  A two-day physical audition is required. Auditions must be scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays in order to take and observe classes; perform a 2-3 minute solo followed by an interview with dance faculty; teach a non-major class in one of three genres: ballet/modern/jazz; meet resident graduate students; and become familiar with the UA campus and Tucson proper.
     

Graduate Admission Status

Once your application to the Graduate College has been processed, the School of Dance will review all application materials and consider an on-campus audition/interview. Since nearly all applicants have previously earned a B.F.A. degree in Dance, we do not encourage any applicant to apply without having already completed all prerequisites. A 2-3 year hiatus is also recommended between completion of a B.F.A. and entering the M.F.A. program to demonstrate self-motivated professional activity.

a. Students will be admitted to enter graduate studies who meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate College and the School of Dance including:
 
          i.   Demonstrated advanced level in technique in ballet, modern dance, or jazz dance.
    
         ii.  Have completed at least one year of dance composition, achieving a grade
              of “B” or higher; or at least two professional compositions
              that have been publicly presented.

        iii.  Have completed at least one year of Dance or Drama Theatre Production,
             achieving a grade of “B” or higher; or at least
             2 years of professional experience.

         iv.  Have completed at least one course each in:
               • Music history/literature, music for dance, or two years of applied music study.
               • Anatomy for Dance; Kinesiology; or Biomechanics.
               • Aesthetics of dance or the arts, or in dance ethnology/anthropology
               • Dance History

b.  All students applying for admission to the program of study must also meet qualitative standards determined by the dance faculty including:

                i.  Review of three confidential letters of recommendation

               ii.  Review of the applicant’s performance or choreographic work

              iii.  Review of the student’s written Statement of Purpose

              iv.  On-site audition, with personal interview

c.  Criteria for admission to the program of study are based on the quantitative and qualitative requirements listed above, and admission will be determined according to:

                i.  Each student’s demonstrated expertise in performance or choreography

               ii.  Evidence of self-motivated professional experience in the field

              iii.  Potential for successful completion of the degree at the University of Arizona

              iv.  Personal maturity, independence and academic and artistic integrity

               v.  THE GRE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION 
         
In conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies, each student is responsible for developing a written Plan of Study. This plan is to be filed with the Graduate College during the penultimate semester in residence.

Students must complete 60 units of graduate level courses. The specific Dance Graduate Curriculum for the M.F.A. in Dance is designed with the option in either Choreography and/or Performance.

 

Graduate Financial Aid and Scholarships

Only after acceptance can the School of Dance offer graduate support in the form of Teaching Assistantships, which include an out-of-state tuition waiver, as well as the possibility of Graduate Tuition Scholarships and/or Graduate College Fellowship Awards.

 

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Why UA Dance

1. Recognized for excellence

With decades of academic and artistic achievement, we continue to pave the way educating the movers (and shakers) of tomorrow.

Bucking tradition, in 2015 the School of Dance faculty together were the recipients of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Hero Award, a recognition typically given to one individual, for outstanding contributions to teaching in dance. And we’ve been noteworthy from the start. Due to the highly interactive approach linking undergraduate students, graduate students and dance faculty members, in 1995 the School of Dance was honored as the top department for undergraduate education at the University of Arizona (the first program on campus to receive this award). As a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, we continue to honor the standards for dance education established by this accrediting body.

2. Engaged Faculty

Our vibrant ten-member faculty has extensive expertise in both the professional and academic worlds. Three of the faculty (Melissa Lowe, Michael Williams, and Amy Ernst) have been recipients of the prestigious Irene Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching, and James Clouser has been the recipient of the James R. Anthony Sustained Excellence in Teaching award. Faculty are in demand nationally and internationally as teachers and scholars at festivals, workshops, schools and conferences world-wide.

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3. State-of-the-art facilities

Home to the UA Dance Ensemble, our Stevie Eller Dance Theatre is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility. The 29,000 square foot complex, which houses a 300-seat theatre with spacious stage, full-fly system and full orchestra pit, is host to more than 40 performances a year by the UA Dance Ensemble.

Providing a brilliant blend of form and function, the theatre complex has won four major awards, including being identified as one of only fifteen on the list of “Arizona’s Greatest Architectural Wonders.”

4. Top talent

With a competitive undergraduate selection process of only 40-45 incoming dancers a year, the close alliance between the graduate and undergraduate students provides you an opportunity to choreograph on and perform with some of the top undergraduate dance students in the country.

5. Our visionary triple-track curriculum

We are one of only a handful of programs that offer ballet, jazz, and modern dance with equal emphasis, and the only program nationwide that requires undergraduates to be well versed in all three styles. As graduate students in the program, you will be working with dancers ready to respond to your artistic voice.

6. World-class performance

The UA Dance Ensemble has been invited to perform around the world including China, Japan, Germany, the Nether¬lands, Scotland, Ecuador, and Mexico, as well as in twelve states throughout the U.S. – including the Kennedy Center in DC and the Joyce Theater in NYC. And we perform upwards of 40 concerts a year for Tucson audiences, more than any other dance program in the country.

7. Real-world-wide ready education

Our MFA alumni contribute to every facet of the dance world from academia, to artistic direction, arts administration, community cultural development, K-12 education, and performance. And with faculty supporting you along the way, you’ll develop your individual teaching style and skillset by instructing our undergraduate general education dance classes.

>> See where MFA Alumni have gone - coming soon!

8. Professional community

With 10-12 MFA candidates at any given time, and 135 undergraduate students, we are a tight-knit, collaborative, and diverse community in which students can learn from various perspectives.

9. International community of arts patrons

With the city of Tucson as its home, the University of Arizona benefits from a rich, cultural environment.  Tucson is populated by savvy arts patrons, many of whom have come here from major metropolitan areas around the world. Enthusiastic support from these arts patrons has enabled us to build a year-long robust performance season.

10. Primed for the future

From state-of-the art facilities, to groundbreaking faculty, to masterwork repertoire, we are the forefront of dance. And together, with you, we are creating the future of our cultural landscape.

The Graduate Student

Building on a well-balanced undergraduate education, graduate students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of a specific academic discipline. A fundamental purpose of the Graduate College is to encourage each graduate student to demonstrate outstanding standards of scholarship and to produce high-quality original research, creative or artistic work. Graduate education provides an opportunity to increase knowledge, broaden understanding and develop research and artistic capability. The student’s academic achievements therefore should reflect a personal commitment to the discipline and to scholarly standards.

Graduate Curriculum

The graduate curriculum in dance allows the student to focus on teaching, research, choreography or performance for dance. It also provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies with other arts, humanities and sciences in support of the student’s development as a scholar, teacher and artist.

The M.F.A. degree has two emphasis areas that allow for intensive focus in performance or choreography. The program facilitates and nurtures dance artists in their area of emphasis while offering a comprehensive graduate education in dance. The M.F.A. degree is 60 units requiring 2-3 years of residency at the University of Arizona. The curriculum includes core courses and dance technique as well as courses in theory and pedagogy.

Graduate Admission

To apply for admission to the M.F.A. in Dance program, the candidate must have extensive dance training, hold an undergraduate degree in dance, and meet the minimum requirements of both the School of Dance and the UA Graduate College.

For specific application requirements, please refer to APPLY GRADUATE page.

For questions contact Amy Ernst, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at:
520-621-2923, or ame@email.arizona.edu

Dance Graduate Curriculum:
M.F.A. in Dance with an option in Choreography

MFA in Dance-Choreography
CC denotes Co-Convened. Some coursework is co-convened to provide to the graduate students the benefit of dancers on which to set and present material. This is the case for DNC 545 A & B, DNC 596E and DNC 595A.
GO denotes Graduate Only courses
 
Course # Course Name Units Type
DNC545A Advanced Choreography 4 total GO
DNC545B Advanced Choreography 4 total CC
DNC555 Biomechanics for Dancers 3 CC
DNC546A Careers in Dance 3 CC
Technique Classes Some combination of the following:
DNC540A and/or B Advanced Ballet
DNC541A and/or B Advanced Modern
DNC544A and/or B Advanced Jazz
DNC551B Ballet Repertoire
DNC539A Advanced Pointe
7 total CC
DNC591 001 Preceptorship (Teaching Methods) 1 GO
DNC591 002 Preceptorship (Large Lecture) 3 GO
DNC591 003 Preceptorship (Based on student’s plan of study) 3 GO
DNC596E Seminar in Music and Dance Collaborations 3 CC
DNC595A Teaching Methods for Dance 3 CC
DNC696A Graduate Forum (1 unit each semester) 4 total GO
DNC694A 001 Master’s Project in Choreography (2 projects) 6 total GO
DNC909 001 Masters Report Choreography (Final project) 9 GO
TOTAL Core Curriculum 56 GO
Elective DNC 696B Seminar in Graduate Technique 4 GO
TOTAL MFA Total units 60  

 

Studio or Related Areas: at least 65% must be studio or related areas (at least 39 units out of 60)

Course # Course Name Units
DNC545A&B Advanced Choreography 8
Technique Graduate Technique (2-3 units per semester) 7
DNC591 001 Preceptorship (Teaching methods) 1
DNC591 003 Preceptorship (based on student’s plan of study-could be studio class) 3
DNC596E Seminar in Music and Dance Collaborations 3
DNC595A Teaching Methods for Dance 3
DNC694A 001 Master’s Project in Choreography (2 projects) 6
DNC909 001 Masters Report (Final project) 9
TOTAL Studio/Related Areas 40

 

Grad Only: at least 50% must be grad only (at least 30 units out of 60)

Course # Course Name Units
DNC591 001 Preceptorship (Teaching methods) 1
DNC591 002
DNC591 003
Preceptorship (Large Lecture)
Preceptorship (Based on student’s plan of study)

3
3

DNC545A Advanced Choreography 4
DNC596A Critical Issues in Dance 3
DNC694A 001 Master’s Project in Choreography (2 projects) 6 total
DNC696A Graduate Forum (1 unit each semester) 4 total
DNC696B Seminar in Graduate Technique (2 units per semester) 4 total
DNC909 001 Masters Report (Final project) 9
TOTAL Grad Only courses 37

 

Academic: at least 15% must be academic (at least 9 units out of 60)

Course # Name of Course Units
DNC 546A Careers in Dance 3
DNC 555 Biomechanics 3
DNC591 002
DNC591 003
Preceptorship (Large Lecture)
Preceptorship (Could be an academic class)
3
3
DNC596A Critical Issues in Dance 3
DNC696A Graduate Forum (1 unit each semester) 4
TOTAL Academic courses 19

 

Course Descriptions

DNC696B - Seminar in Graduate Technique (elective) is a graduate only course. (2 units) This seminar course will provide an opportunity for graduate students to discuss technical training in ballet, jazz, modern and tap at the beginning and intermediate major levels.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E. Offered: Fall, Spring

DNC 545A -- Advanced Choreography  (2 units)
Description: Movement, motif development for solo and group composition. Graduate-level requirements include completion of a full-scale group composition, which will be evaluated by the dance faculty.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with: DNC 445A. Offered: Fall

DNC 545B -- Advanced Choreography  (2 units)
Description:  Balancing the intuitive and intellectual components of the creative process to create meaningful and well-crafted dances. Graduate-level requirements include completion of a full-scale group composition, which will be evaluated by the dance faculty.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with: DNC 445B. Offered:  Spring.

DNC595A -- Teaching Methods for Dance  (3 units)
Description:  This course is for dance majors and dance graduate students who are interested in developing skills in teaching ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques at the beginning level. The course is designed as a workshop where students will have an opportunity to directly apply information in a classroom setting. Dance injury prevention and the application of music to the technique class are also explored.
Graduate Requirements: Graduate students are expected to show an understanding of advanced concepts and to demonstrate more sophistication in their work. This should be illustrated throughout the semester through class discussions, critiques, written materials and quality of work presented. In addition, graduate students are required to register for DNC591 001 Preceptorship (1 credit) to be taken concurrently with the course.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  intermediate level ballet, jazz, or modern dance techniques.
May be convened with:  DNC 495A. Offered:  Fall.

DNC 596A -- Critical Issues in Dance  (3 units)
Description:  The purpose of this class is to identify current topics in dance, and to research those topics using traditional and contemporary research methods. Students will develop a research topic and write a research paper, an abstract, create an annotated bibliography and make a 20-minute power point presentation on their topic.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  graduate status.
May be repeated:  for a total of 6 units of credit. Usually o ffered:  Fall

DNC 596E -- Seminar in Music and Dance Collaborations  (3 units)
Description:  This course is designed for dancers and musicians, specifically choreographers, composers and performers in music and dance. In this class, students will explore the collaborative process through class readings, discussion, assignments, improvisation and by creating artistic works.
Graduate Requirements: Graduate students are expected to show an understanding of advanced concepts and to demonstrate more sophistication in their work. This should be illustrated throughout the semester through class discussions, critiques, written materials and quality of work presented
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Identical to:  MUS 596E. May be convened with:  DNC 496E. Usually offered:  Spring

DNC 546 -- Careers in Dance  (3 units)
Description:  Knowledge and skills to manage and pursue professional careers in dance.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Usually offered:  Spring in even years

DNC 555 -- Biomechanics for Dancers  (3 units)
Description:  The student will become familiar with the evolution of human body form; systematically study skeletal, muscle, connective tissue, and joint anatomy; review principles of mechanics and fundamental Cartesian system for analysis of movement; study basic patterns of movement; assess anatomical illustration styles and uses and become familiar with stress and injury potentials and their prevention. Graduate-level requirements include a research paper and poster project.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
May be convened with:  DNC 455. Usually offered:  Spring in odd years

DNC 591 -- Preceptorship  (1-3 units)
Description:  Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.
There are three sections for this class. Section 001 is for one unit and is associated with the Teaching Methods course. Section 002 is for a preceptorship in a large lecture class. Section 003 is open and is designed based on the student’s plan of study

DNC 694A Masters Project in Dance (3 units)
Description:  This course is for graduate students in the School of Dance who are working towards their Progress Semester or Candidacy Semester requirements for the MFA in Dance with an option in choreography or performance. For students exploring the choreography option, the purpose of the course is for the student to design and implement an original, graduate-level choreographic project. For students exploring the performance option, the purpose of the course is for the student to perform a graduate level work from the dance repertoire or an original work. These projects must meet the guidelines for the Progress Semester or Candidacy Semester syllabus in accordance with the student’s individual focus and specific degree program objectives.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P C D E.
May be repeated:  for a total of 12 units of credit.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer
There are four sections for this class. Section 001 is for choreography projects. Section 002 is for performance projects. Section 003 is for production projects. Section 004 is for research and pedagogy projects.

DNC 696A -- Graduate Forum  (1 unit)
Description This course is for graduate students in the School of Dance pursuing the MFA in Dance. Seminar topics vary by semester depending on the focus of the class but may include: teaching, grant writing, job applications, music, choreography, artist statements, and evaluation and assessment.
Grading:  Regular or alternative grades can be awarded for this course: A B C D E or S P C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  graduate status.
May be repeated:  for a total of 4 units of credit. Offered: Fall, Spring

DNC909 -- Master's Report  (9 units)
Description:  Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of thesis for certain master's degrees. Section 001 is for the choreography option. Section 002 is for the performance option.
Grading:  Alternative grades are awarded for this course: S P E K.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

Dance Graduate Curriculum:
M.F.A. in Dance with an option in Dance Performance

 

MFA in Dance Performance
CC denotes Co-Convened. Some coursework is co-convened to provide to the graduate students the benefit of dancers on which to set and present material. This is the case for DNC 545 A & B, DNC 596E and DNC 595A.
GO denotes Graduate Only courses
 
Course # Name of Course Units Type
DNC543 Dance Ensemble 2 CC
DNC545A OR
DNC545B
Advanced Choreography OR
Advanced Choreography
2 total GO
CC
DNC546A Careers in Dance 3 CC
DNC555 Biomechanics for Dancers 3 CC
DNC591 001 Preceptorship (Teaching methods) 1 GO
DNC591 002 Preceptorship (Large Lecture) 3 GO
DNC591 003 Preceptorship (Based on the student’s plan of study) 3 GO
DNC595A Teaching Methods for Dance 3 CC
DNC596A Critical Issues in Dance 3 GO
DNC596E Seminar in Music and Dance Collaborations 3 CC
DNC694A 002 Master’s Project in Performance (2 projects) 6 GO
DNC696A Graduate Forum (1 unit each semester) 4 GO
Technique Classes Some combination of the following:
DNC540A and/or B Advanced Ballet
DNC541A and/or B Advanced Modern
DNC544A and/or B Advanced Jazz
DNC551B Ballet Repertoire
DNC539A Advanced Pointe
9 total CC
DNC696B Seminar in Graduate Technique (2 units per semester) 6 total GO
DNC909 002 Masters Report Performance (Final project) 9 GO
  Core Curriculum 60  
TOTAL UNITS   60  

 

Studio or Related Areas: at least 65% must be studio or related areas (at least 39 units out of 60)

Course # Course Name Units
DNC543 Dance Ensemble 2
DNC545A or B Advanced Choreography 2
Technique Classes Some combination of the following:
DNC540A and/or B Advanced Ballet
DNC541A and/or B Advanced Modern
DNC544A and/or B Advanced Jazz
DNC551B Ballet Repertoire
DNC 539AAdvanced Ballet Pointe
9 total
DNC591 001
DNC591 003
Preceptorship (Teaching Methods)
Preceptorship (Based on student’s plan of study)
1
3
DNC596E Seminar in Music and Dance Collaborations 3
DNC595A Teaching Methods for Dance 3
DNC694A 002 Master’s Project in Performance (2 projects) 6
DNC696B Seminar in Graduate Technique (2 units per semester) 6 total
DNC909 002 Masters Report (Final project) 9
TOTAL Studio/Related Areas 44

 

Grad Only: at least 50% must be grad only (at least 30 units out of 60)

Course # Course Name Units
DNC545A Advanced Choreography 2
DNC591 001 Preceptorship (Teaching methods) 1
DNC591 002
DNC591 003
Preceptorship (Large Lecture)
Preceptorship (Based on student’s plan of study)
3
3
DNC596A Critical Issues in Dance 3
DNC696A Graduate Forum (1 unit each semester) 4 total
DNC694A 002 Master’s Project in Performance (2 projects) 6 total
DNC696B Seminar in Graduate Technique 6
DNC909 002 Masters Report (Final project) 9
TOTAL Grad Only courses 37

 

Academic: at least 15% must be academic (at least 9 units out of 60)

Course # Name of Course Units
DNC546A Careers in Dance 3
DNC555 Biomechanics for Dancers 3
DNC591 002
DNC591 003
Preceptorship (Large Lecture)
Preceptorship (Could be an academic class)
3
3
DNC596A Critical Issues in Dance 3
DNC696A Graduate Forum (1 unit each semester) 4
TOTAL Academic courses 19

 

Course Descriptions

DNC694A 002 Master’s Project in Performance. (3 units) It will replace DNC694A 001 and is for Performance emphasis students only. The syllabus provides guidelines for those students pursuing an MFA in Dance with an option in performance.

DNC 543 -- Dance Ensemble  (1-3 units)
Description:  Rehearsal methods, repertorial development, and performance of dance with particular emphasis on ensemble.
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.
Prerequisite(s):  repertory audition, intermediate level in ballet, modern and jazz  (DNC 340A-340B, DNC 341A-341B, DNC 344A-344B).
May be repeated:  for a total of 18 units of credit.
Offered:  Fall, Spring.

Other course descriptions may be found on the MFA-Choreography Grid

 

minor and non-majors

University of Arizona School of Dance

Helpful Links

Here is a list of helpful links for students:

uaccess for classes and registration:

http://uaccess.arizona.edu/

 

student email login in:

catmail.arizona.edu

 

academic learning/classroom site:

https://d2l.arizona.edu/

 

 

BFA Program Overview

>> View our BFA program brochure

>> See Where BFA Alumni have gone professionally

BFA PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The BFA is a professional degree, emphasizing both the studio and performance experience.  The primary focus is to offer technical training that optimally prepares dancers for future professional careers in dance upon graduation. In meeting these demands, the unique triple-track design affords students the opportunity to study ballet, modern and jazz with strong and equal emphasis. The BFA degree in dance places an emphasis on technique and performing, yet students are also assured of receiving a well-rounded education, housed within an institution nationally lauded for scientific discoveries and research.

CORE CURRICULUM
The dance technique curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as performers, choreographers, movement specialists and teachers and develops scholarly foundations for specialized and advanced degree work. It approaches the study of dance as an art form and as a means to understand society, history, the human body, and other areas of scholarly endeavor. The core curriculum for dance majors includes history, research in world dance, biomechanics, improvisation, kinesiology, choreography, a music course for dancers, musical theatre vocal training, a course in sound editing, production, and career planning.  In the junior year, majors may choose to emphasize ballet, modern or jazz dance in their technical classes and in performance.  A senior project may be in the areas of performance, choreography, teaching or production.

PERFORMANCE
It is through performing that students are fully able to integrate and apply what they have learned in the classroom. With the extensive number of performances each season (and a large number of season subscribers in the audience), students grow increasingly more comfortable, spontaneous and free to take risks on stage.  The UA Dance Ensemble is comprised of BFA and MFA students, privileged to perform in the state-of-the-art performance facility; the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.  Dancers enjoy a large performance season, averaging over 30 main stage concerts per year.  Guest artists who have performed with the UA Dance Ensemble include Broadway stars Ben Vereen and Liz Callaway.

TECHNIQUE
There are three levels of technique in each discipline. Upon entering the BFA program, dancers are carefully placed into classes by the faculty according to each dancer’s technical competency and in consideration of the body of knowledge and skill already mastered. While advancing through the curriculum, dancers, in consort with the faculty in each discipline, design a program of study targeting levels most appropriate for the dancer at any given juncture. This ensures that each semester dancers will receive ample challenges, confidence building and maximum progression in technque and virtuosity. Studying with and being mentored by a faculty, all of whom are nationally/internationally distinguished figures in the dance world, ensures that dancers will have a stimulating environment in which to learn and to make professional connections as they approach graduation.

BALLET:  Deeply rooted in the classical traditions found in the teaching methods of the great Italian, Russian and American ballet masters, this comprehensive approach to training enables dancers to transfer technical knowledge to both established and contemporary repertoire. Two levels of pointe work are offered as well as men’s technique, ballet repertory, and supported adagio partnering. Clarity of foot work is featured and plasticity of the upper body is developed which complements a dancer’s performance in modern and jazz.

MODERN:  With instruction from faculty who have extensive and personal references to traditional vocabularies such as Humphrey, Weidman, Graham, Limon, Cunningham and Lewitzky, as well as contemporary methodologies, dancers receive diverse exposure to the past and present styles of movement. Particular focus is designed to increase stamina, maintain body awareness and stimulate the imagination. Dancers are expected to embrace and become fluent in a broad range of material as part of their foundation, leading them to find their own unique voices and versatility as performers.

JAZZ:  The jazz dance faculty have extensive professional performing backgrounds with diverse jazz influences, most notably, Gus Giordano Dance Chicago. Individually, they have worked in professional musical theatre, corporate industrials, fashion and managed and directed their own companies. By infusing jazz dance training with ballet and modern sensibilities, as well as a variety of commercial applications, dancers become fully prepared to pursue a variety of professional pursuits in the performance industry at large.

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STEPS FOR APPLYING

DATES AND DEADLINES

VIDEO CONTENT GUIDELINES

VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

PRIOR TO THE AUDITION: Dress Code, Hotel, Tours

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AUDITION: Format, Schedule

AFTER THE AUDITION: Outcome Notification

MULTIPLE AUDITION POLICY


STEPS FOR APPLYING TO THE UA SCHOOL OF DANCE BFA PROGRAM

Step One

Complete an application for admission to the University of Arizona
This application should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Step Two

Complete Online School of Dance Audition Application
Live Auditions are scheduled through the online application.

Online Application includes:
·      Outline of training in Ballet, Modern & Jazz
·      Resume of dance experience
·      Full body photo in first arabesque
·      Headshot
·      Reference contact information
·      Video hyperlink
·      Audition Fee

Audition Fees
National Auditions - $40
Video and Individual Auditions - $60

DATES AND DEADLINES

National Auditions

Fall - Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:30 AM check-in, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby
Application Closing Date: Must be submitted on or before Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spring - Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 AM check-in, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby
Application Closing Date: Must be submitted on or before 2018 TBA

Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase*
Application Closing Date: Must be submitted on or before Wednesday, September 27, 2017
* This audition is open to those participating in the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase.

Video Auditions*
Application & Video Deadlines:Fall Audition due November 1st/Spring Audition due March 1st 
*Please note, those who audition by way of video in lieu of attending an in-person audition are not able to be considered for a dance merit scholarship.

Late Applicant Policy
Applications submitted beyond the deadline might be considered for the audition at our discretion. Any late applicants permitted to audition will be assessed a late fee of $10.
Any late applicants not permitted into the audition due to capacity enrollment (at our discretion) will be urged to attend a different audition. Any materials received beyond the deadline will not be included in the notebooks faculty use during the audition. We cannot guarantee that any video auditions submitted beyond the March 1st deadline will be considered for Fall 2018.

VIDEO CONTENT GUIDELINES

The video hyperlink submission is an integral and required piece of the dance applicaiton for all auditioners.

Primarily, the video should contain classroom/studio footage. It is most helpful if the applicant is the only one filmed. If filmed in a class setting, the camera should be focused exclusively on the auditioner. In addition to the requirements listed below, a performance clip/clips may be included at the end of the footage, making sure if in a group, the applicant can be easily identified.

Videos are most successfully reviewed when they follow the guidelines. Typically, this results in a video of approximately ten minutes in length that includes a diverse sampling of your technical/studio work across all three styles.

- All video hyperlinks must open immediately. We will not create an account or login to review your video.

- Please wait for an outcome from our program before removing your video online.

- Please refer to Suggested Dress Code.

Personal Introduction Segment
Please introduce yourself and briefly state the reasons you are interested in applying to the University of Arizona School of Dance.

Ballet Segment*
-2 Ballet Barrework Combinations (side view)
-3 Ballet Centerwork Combinations to include:
-An Adagio demonstrating control, line, extension, placement
-Pirouettes en dehors and en dedans
-A Petit Allegro Combination
-A Grand Allegro Combination
*Optional for female dancers:  1 or 2 pointe work exercises in the center
*Optional for male and female dancers:  1 or 2 brief partnering excerpts

Modern Segment*
-2 Modern Combinations of approximately 32 counts or 1/2 minute each which should demonstrate the following:
-Articulation of the spine
-Descending and ascending (floorwork)
*You may wish to do just one combination which is twice as long (64 counts or one full minute)
Include slow, sustained movement as well as quicker footwork/changes of direction

Jazz Segment*
-A Lyrical Combination (approximately 32 counts or 1/2 minute)
-An Upbeat Combination (approximately 32 counts or 1/2 minute)
-Demonstrate your turning ability
-Demonstrate your jumping ability
*Optional: musical theatre or tap combination

Video Submission Instructions

Dance Scholarships require 2 components:
1. In-person audition, AND
2. Video hyperlink (ex. YouTube) - Please follow the video guidelines
- If attending a Fall audition, the video hyperlink deadline is November 1.
- If attending a Spring audition, the video hyperlink deadline is March 1.
- You may submit your video hyperlink at the time you submit your application OR after applicaiton deadline
by emailing danceaudition@cfa.arizona.edu by the deadline.

Instructions on how to share your link can be found here:
Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/help/167
Youtube https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

Once uploaded by School of Dance staff, you will be able to view your video hyperlink as part of your application by following the steps below:
1. Log into the CFA Applications Portal
2. Navigate to your School of Dance BFA application
3. Click on “Print” at the top right corner of the screen
4. Scroll down to see your file or video hyperlink that has been uploaded

PRIOR TO THE AUDITION

Suggested Dress Code for Dance Auditions
- Leotard and tights for ballet, jazz pants for jazz (optional), footless tights for modern
- Ballet shoes and jazz shoes, (modern will be executed barefoot)
- Hair confined up off the neck and back from the face
- Females: solid leotard or a unitard (no loose fitting clothing)
- Males: solid color top/tights or a unitard (no loose fitting clothing)

Hotel
The Aloft Tucson University Hotel is a 5 minute walk from the dance facilities, and is the nearest hotel to the School of Dance. To make a reservation click the image below or visit: http://www.alofttucsonuniversity.com/set-ua-dance
For additional assistance contact the Sales Manager at (520) 908-6800 ex 5523. Reservations are subject to availability.

Book reservation at Aloft

Campus Tours
Campus tours can be booked through the Ambassador Tour webpage or call 520-621-3641.
Tours are offered at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on weekdays and therefore travel arrangements may need to accommodate an extra day in advance of the Saturday audition date to book a tour. We recommend booking your tour the Friday prior to the audition.

School of Dance Tour
A tour of the School of Dance is offered from 12:00-1:00 pm either the Friday prior to Saturday national auditions or the Monday following Sunday national auditions. If interested in this tour, please meet in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby. No prior sign up required.

Current Tours Scheduled - Friday, September 15, 12:00-1:00, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AUDITION

Audition Format
National auditions are conducted in a class format beginning with a ballet barre followed by center combinations in ballet, jazz, and modern. All auditioners must complete the entire audition. In the unlikely event a dancer is unable to complete the audition, they should notify a faculty member. Dancers who do not complete the audition will need to find an alternative method for completing the audition process.

Audition Day Schedule
10:30 am -  Audition check-in, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby

12:00 pm - Audition begins and runs approximately 3 ½ hours

3:00 pm - Informational presentation for parents

3:30 pm (approximate time) – At the end of the audition parents and dancers are invited to attend an optional Q & A with Faculty

AFTER THE AUDITION

Notification letters will be sent by mail. Fall auditioners will be notified during the month of December. Spring auditioners will be notified during the month of March.
Please note, due to the large number of auditioners we are unable to provide individual feedback.

MULTIPLE AUDITION POLICY

Dancers who have received a non-accept outcome and wish to audition again may do so. However, after two auditions, dancers will not be given further consideration for the BFA program.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

UNDERGRADUATE FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

We strongly encourage filing your FAFSA (Federal Application for Financial Student Aid) when applying to the University of Arizona.  By doing this, students may qualify for federally funded loans and grants.

When completing your FAFSA make sure to include UA's school code 001083, so that your application will be routed appropriately.

There are two types of scholarships available for incoming undergraduate dance majors:

Academic Merit-based Scholarships
Filing an application as early as possible in the late summer or fall prior to the year applied for is highly recommended. Academic awards are highly competitive. We encourage all prospective dance students to apply for academic awards! And the earlier one applies the greater chance of receiving an award!

Explore the following link for more details:

Academic merit-based scholarships awarded by the University of Arizona

Undergraduate Dance Merit-based Scholarships Opportunities
Besides academic merit-based scholarships, undergraduate applicants may also qualify for dance merit-based scholarships.  The application for these scholarships is wrapped into the national audition process.  By attending a national audition with the School of Dance, dancers are automatically in a pool of consideration for funding.  Dance merit-based scholarships for undergraduate applicants are highly competitive and award a range of funding amounts, which reflect the unique gifts each dancer may bring to the program. 
Required videos are submitted as hyperlinks and are used by the faculty as an additional tool, in tandem with the audition itself for making scholarship awards and ranking for levels of funding. If attending an audition in the fall, the deadline to submit a Video hyperlink is November 1st.  If attending an audition in the spring, the deadline to submit a Video hyperlink for consideration is March 1st.

Please note that those who audition by way of Video in lieu of attending an in-person audition are not able to be considered for a dance merit scholarship.

Applicants with a grade point average below 3.0 will not be considered for scholarships.  To be eligible for scholarships students must be enrolled full-time in at least 15 graded credit hours per semester and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

GRADUATE FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

There are three types of scholarships available for incoming graduate dance majors:
- Teaching Assistantships which includes an out-of-state tuition waver
- Graduate College Fellowships
- Graduate Tuition Scholarships

Admissions

Admission to the School of Dance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, requires you to submit separate applications to the University of Arizona and the School of Dance.  It is extremely important that prospective students who will be auditioning for the program complete this two-step process in addition to the audition requirements.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Each year, the School of Dance holds two national auditions, fall and spring, for acceptance to the following academic year. Auditions include demonstrations in ballet, modern and jazz. In addition, high school seniors registered for and attending the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase have the opportunity to attend the national audition during that weekend.

UA Dance audition application and required materials for undergraduate applicants

Dates and Deadlines for National Auditions

Saturday, September 27, 2014 12:00 noon, studio 301
- Application Deadline: Must be received on or before Friday, September 19, 2014
- Scholarship DVD Deadline: It is optimal for you to submit your DVD on or before the audition. For those who audition in the fall, scholarship DVDs must be received on or before November 1st.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 noon, studio 301
- Application Deadline: Must be received on or before Friday, January 16th
- Scholarship DVD Deadline: It is optimal for you to submit your DVD on or before the audition. For those who audition in the fall, scholarship DVDs must be received on or before March 1st.


- The School of Dance has established a room block at the Aloft Hotel, a short walk from the dance facilities, for attendees of the February 1st National Audition. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
To apply for admission for the graduate program, the candidate must have extensive dance training, hold an undergraduate degree in dance and meet the minimum requirements of the UA Graduate College.
Four Steps for Graduate Application to the School of Dance:
1.  MFA candidates must apply to the University of Arizona prior to auditioning   for the School of Dance.
2.  The School of Dance office must receive the following applicant materials  prior to auditioning:

-Statement of purpose letter (a brief and focused essay about one's career or research goals)
-Curriculum vitae (comprehensive resume)
-Three letters of recommendation
-DVD of recent work (performance/choreography)
-Undergraduate transcripts

3.  Mail the above audition requirements to:
    University of Arizona School of Dance, 121 Gittings Building
    ATTN. Graduate Advisor
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0093
4.  A two-day physical audition is required.  Auditions must be scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays to take and observe classes; show a 2-3 minute solo followed by an interview with dance faculty; teach a non-major class in one of three genres: ballet/modern/jazz; meet resident graduate students; and become familiar with the UA campus and Tucson proper.

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Undergraduate Advising

Academic Advisors for undergraduate dance majors include Professor Melissa Lowe for freshman and seniors, and Professor Elizabeth George for sophomores and juniors.  You may schedule an appointment with your advisor through the appointment sign-up sheet in the dance office or by emailing Melissa at mlhancoc@email.arizona.edu or Elizabeth at egeorge@email.arizona.edu .

Your academic advisors can help you with the following items:
General education curriculum
Dance academics
Dance technique classes
Audition information
Rehearsal schedules
Transfer coursework
General information about on-campus and off-campus housing
Subscribing you to the UA Dance listserv

Future S

BFA Program Overview

In that the BFA is a professional degree, the primary focus is to offer technical training and performance experience that optimally prepares dancers for future professional careers in dance upon graduation. In meeting these demands, the unique triple-track design, affords students the opportunity to study ballet, modern and jazz with equal emphasis. Students also have the ability in their junior year, to taper their programs of study should they desire to specialize or concentrate more heavily on a particular discipline to meet specific future career goals, while still maintaining breadth in their technical foundation. Even though the BFA degree in dance places an emphasis on technique and performing, students are also assured of receiving a well-rounded education. To study dance at The University of Arizona is to have the best of both worlds----a nationally reputed dance program with a conservatory environment (in terms of the rigor and concentration), housed within an institution nationally lauded for scientific discoveries and research!

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MFA Program Overview

Building on a well-balanced undergraduate education, graduate students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of a specific academic discipline. A fundamental purpose of the Graduate College is to encourage each graduate student to demonstrate outstanding standards of scholarship and to produce high-quality original research, creative or artistic work. Graduate education provides an opportunity to increase knowledge, broaden understanding and develop research and artistic capability. The student’s academic achievements therefore should reflect a personal commitment to the discipline and to scholarly standards.
The graduate curriculum in dance allows the student to focus on teaching, research, choreography or performance for dance. It also provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies with other arts, humanities and sciences in support of the student’s development as a scholar, teacher and artist.

The M.F.A. degree has two emphasis areas that allow for intensive focus in performance or choreography. The program facilitates and nurtures dance artists in their area of emphasis while offering a comprehensive graduate education in dance. The M.F.A. degree is 60 units requiring 2-3 years of residency at the University of Arizona. The curriculum includes core courses and dance technique as well as courses in theory and pedagogy.

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Dance Minor

The School of Dance offers a dance minor, which is a 21 unit program of study. Dance minors track specifically in one of three disciplines, ballet, modern or jazz. Although we do not permit dancers to audition for the minor, those who audition for the BFA program who may not meet the criteria for entrance there, but who do demonstrate a proficiency in either ballet, modern, or jazz, may be offered a spot as a dance minor. There are limited positions for dance minors.

Students

WELCOME

This “Welcome from the Director” is really a welcome from a family of professionals that have worked together for almost two decades to create one of the top dance programs in the country. In that spirit, this is a collective “hello” from staff, faculty, administrators and community supporters who are “on board” with UA Dance.

This “Welcome” is also addressed to the friends and families of prospective students. Occasionally I hear from parents that the career choice is a hard one. My answer—our answer—is that we dance, first of all, because we are driven and buoyed by the joy it brings us. It can become a job, but in the beginning it is some internal need to move, to learn, to express, to create, and to feel alive.

A critical step in this process is to find a dance program that can be the catalyst and the support system for learning, and is rigorous enough to serve as the gateway to careers in the profession. The dance program at the University of Arizona provides such an environment. Essentially, we offer a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, and take pride in being part of this highly ranked institution.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We can provide information and advice fueled by years of education, professional experience and first-hand knowledge about this particular University. On behalf of the dance faculty and staff, and the students who are “veterans” of the program, I invite you to consider taking with us an exciting and challenging pleasure trip that will leave you with lifelong lessons and lifelong memories.

Jory Hancock
Director of the School of Dance
Dean, University of Arizona College of Fine Arts

 

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