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!
Applying is a two step process:
- 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 the College of Fine Arts supplemental application in your UA Future online portal. Video auditions are submitted within the online application.
Online Application includes:
- Outline of training in Ballet, Modern & Jazz
- Resume of dance experience
- Full body photo in first arabesque
- Reference contact information
- Video containing required content (Required for ALL applicants)
- Application Fee
Application Fee: $45.00 – paid at the time UA Dance application is submitted.
DATES AND DEADLINES
National Auditions for Fall 2022 will be Video Auditions only.
Fall 2022 application deadline: May 1, 2022
DANCE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Dancers auditioning by video will be eligible for Dance Merit Scholarships.
While the deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is May 1st, dancers interested in a merit scholarship are encouraged to apply prior to February 1st. Dancers applying after February 1st are eligible for a merit scholarship, however, funds to award scholarships may be limited.
VIDEO CONTENT GUIDELINES
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.
Personal Introduction Segment
Please introduce yourself and briefly state the reasons you are interested in applying to the University of Arizona School of Dance.
Please articulate the primary factor, from your foundational dance training thus far, which you feel has best prepared you to enter the professionally slanted curriculum of the School of Dance BFA curriculum at the University of Arizona.
- 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 1 or 2 brief partnering excerpts
* Optional for female dancers: 1 or 2 pointe work exercises in the center
Ballet Dress Code: Solid color leotard and tights, unitard, or form-fitting shirt with dance tights; Ballet shoes. Hair confined up off the neck and back from the face. No loose-fitting clothing.
- 2 Modern Combinations of approximately 32 counts or 1/2 minute each which should demonstrate the following based upon classical/codified modern technique:
- Use of contraction
- Articulation of the spine
- Floorwork demonstrating descending and ascending movement
- An understanding of the use of gravity
* 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.
Modern Dress Code: Same as ballet attire options OR solid color form-fitting top and athletic leggings; Barefoot. Hair confined up off the neck and back from the face. No loose-fitting clothing.
- A Lyrical Combination (approximately 32 counts or 1/2 minute) demonstrating musicality, strength, and control
- An Upbeat Combination (approximately 32 counts or 1/2 minute) demonstrating rhythm, isolations, locomotor movement, turning, and jumping ability
- Demonstrate your turning ability
- Demonstrate your jumping ability
* Optional: musical theatre or tap combination
Jazz Dress Code: Same as ballet attire options OR solid color form-fitting top and athletic leggings; Jazz shoes. Hair confined up off the neck and back from the face. No loose-fitting clothing.
VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Video is uploaded directly into the application.
AFTER THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED
Applications will be considered by the UA Dance Faculty on a rolling basis as they are received. If you have not received a decision within 45 days of submitting your application please contact Administrative Assistant Michelle Francisco in the UA Dance Office at email@example.com.
Decisions will be sent out by the UA Future Portal.
- You will receive an email with the subject line:“A decision has been reached for your CFA Application.”
- A link in this message will take you to the status page of the Fine Arts Application BFA Dance.
- On the Fine Arts Application BFA Dance status page you will see: “An update to your application was last posted DATE”
- Click “View Update”
This will take you to your UA Dance decision letter. You can print a PDF copy for your records if you would like a physical copy.
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.