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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 including ballet, jazz, and modern movement styles. No pre-registration required.

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 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

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

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AUDITIONS

Admission to the College of Fine Arts 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

Application process for admission for undergraduates to the School of Dance
Application process for admission for graduates to the School of Dance

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.

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

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Quick Answers to Common Questions

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

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.

 

 

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Scholarships

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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APPLICATION PROCESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

Students and incoming Freshmen must apply to the University of Arizona prior to auditioning for the UA School of Dance.

University of Arizona Undergraduate Application Process

The University of Arizona application deadline for undergraduate admission is May 1st for both in-state and out-of-state students.  The University of Arizona deadline for transfer students is June 1st.  However, the School of Dance strongly suggests that transfer students apply and complete the audition process by May 1st. Please refer to the Admissions website as these dates are subject to change.  It is advantageous for prospective students to apply to the University as early as possible to qualify for academic scholarships based upon academic credentials.

The School of Dance deadline for applying to the BFA program for Fall 2015 requires applicants to attend one of our scheduled auditions or submit a DVD audition by March 1st. Please see our Late Applicant Policy.

Audition slots tend to fill up fast, so you are urged to attend one of our national auditions as early as possible. Due to the large number of students auditioning for our program, we may not be able to accept applications after the deadline dates.

DATES AND DEADLINES

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 16, 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 March 1st.

STEPS FOR APPLYING TO THE UA SCHOOL OF DANCE BFA PROGRAM

1. Begin a University of Arizona Admissions Application
2. Submit audition application materials to UA School of Dance. Audition applications must include:

    - Completed Audition Application
    - Audition Fee of $30* for National Audition, or $55* for DVD audition
     (Make check payable to The University of Arizona/Dance)
    - Full body photo in first arabesque
     (print your name on back of photo)
    - A brief resume of your dance training and experience
    - Two letters of recommendation from current dance sources such as teachers, directors,
     or choreographers

3. Mail audition application materials to be received by the indicated deadlines (please include all audition materials together, if possible).
4. Submit scholarship DVD to be received by the indicated deadlines
5. You will receive a postcard confirming your audition date once your audition application materials have been processed

* Audition Fees: $30 for national auditions; $50 for individual auditions; $55 for DVD auditions (make check payable to The University of Arizona/Dance).

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. We will do our best to coordinate a suitable audition date. Any materials received beyond the deadline may not be included in the notebooks faculty use during the audition.
We cannot guarantee that any DVD auditions submitted beyond the March 1st deadline will be considered for Fall 2015.

Please mail items to:
UA School of Dance
PO Box 210093
Tucson AZ 85721

If you are sending via Express Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc.:
UA School of Dance
1713 E University Blvd
Ina Gittings Bldg., Room 121
Tucson AZ 85721

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

Deadlines
Fall - Audition application materials and DVD must be received on or before November 1st.
Spring - Audition application materials and DVD must be received on or before March 1st.

DVD CONTENT GUIDELINES (for scholarship and audition DVDs)
Primarily, the DVD should contain classroom/studio footage. It is most helpful if the applicant is the only one filmed on the DVD. 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 DVD, making sure if in a group, the applicant can be easily identified. 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

PRIOR TO THE AUDITION

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. A special room rate of $110.00 has been established for auditioners attending the September 27th, 2014 audition. To make a reservation please contact Christopher Montgomery, Sales Manager, at (520) 908-6800 ex 5523. Reservations are subject to availability.

Campus Tours
If attending the September 27th National BFA program audition for the UA School of Dance, and also interested in arranging for a campus tour (strongly suggested), please visit the Ambassador Tour webpage or call 520-621-3641.

If attending the January 24th National BFA program audition, there will be a 2:00 PM campus tour offerred on Friday, January 23rd specifically for auditioners. Please contact the Dance Office at 520-621-4698 to register. For additional tour time availability please visit the Ambassador Tour webpage.

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 the Friday prior to the fall and spring national auditions from 12:00-1:00 PM. If interested in this tour, please meet in the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre Lobby. No prior sign up is required.

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.

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)

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. Parents may check back at about 3:00 pm for an ending time of audition and start time of Q & A.

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
Auditioners will receive the outcome of their audition by mail. Fall auditioners will be notified during the month of December. Spring auditioners will be notified during the month of March.
Please note that 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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APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 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.  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.
    
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 BFA degree in Dance, we do not encourage any applicant to apply without having already completed all prerequisites.
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 competed at least one course each in:
                         1.  Music history/literature, music for dance, or two years of applied music study.
                         2.  Anatomy for Dance; Kinesiology; or Biomechanics.
                         3.  Aesthetics of dance or the arts, or in dance ethnology/anthropology.
                         4.  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 Graduate Advisor, 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 MFA 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, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, and the possibility of additional Graduate College Fellowship Awards.

Important Online Links

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For questions regarding the MFA program and application please contact Professor Doug Nielsen at dnielsen@email.arizona.edu.

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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.

Application Process for MFA Candidates

The close alliance between the graduate and undergraduate students provides an opportunity for graduate students to choreograph on and perform with some of the top undergraduate dance students in the country. In addition, the triple-track program allows the graduate student to explore and gain experience, skills and knowledge in ballet, modern and/ or jazz dance. The diverse graduate population provides a sense of community in which students can learn from various perspectives.

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.

Helpful Links

Here is a list of helpful links for students:

uaccess for classes and registration:

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academic learning/classroom site:

https://d2l.arizona.edu/

 

 

BFA Program Overview

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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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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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.  If applying for a dance merit-based scholarship, a DVD is required following the DVD guidelines.
DVDs 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 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.

Please note that those who audition by way of DVD 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

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

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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.

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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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