Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance

Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre
 

James Madison University
School of Theatre and Dance
147 Warsaw Avenue, MSC 5601
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

540.568.6342
theatredance@jmu.edu.

 

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Dance Program Admission

Admission to the Dance Program is by audition. Students interested in studying dance must first submit an application for undergraduate admission to the office of Admission, MSC 0101, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. Then they must e-mail theatredance@jmu.edu to make arrangements for an audition.

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DANCE AUDITION INFORMATION

DANCE PROGRAM AUDITION DATES:

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON:

FRIDAYS, NOV.15, 2013 AND FEB. 14, 2014

SATURDAYS, NOV. 16, 2013 AND FEB. 15, 2014 (choose one of the four dates)

Auditions are only required if you are intending to be a

 

Theatre and Dance Major with a Dance Concentration upon entering JMU. Dance Minors do not audition. Applications to the JMU Admission Office should be submitted before auditioning.

Each candidate should submit DANCE as their major area of interest.

 

Send the following information prior to your audition to:

 

Dance Area Coordinator
JMU School of Theatre and Dance

147 Warsaw Ave., MSC 5601

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

  1. Two letters of recommendations addressing your involvement and commitment to dance.

  2. A one-page and typed personal statement about dance.

  3. A resume and a current photograph (black and white or color).

  4. Copies of documents showing your GPA and class rank.

THE SCHOOL OF THEATRE & DANCE OFFICE, AND JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH JANUARY 6.  IF YOU CONTACT US BETWEEN NOW AND THEN, YOU WILL HEAR BACK AFTER JANUARY 7. 

Please download the 2013/ 2014 Audition/ Portfolio Review Registration Form (here), fill it out, and email it back to theatredance@jmu.edu to schedule an audition/ portfolio review appointment.  You will receive a confirmation that you have been placed on the schedule for your requested date within one week of submitting the form.  You will receive a detailed schedule for the audition/ portfolio review day at least one week before your scheduled audition date.  Please contact theatredance@jmu.edu with any questions. 


WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR AUDITION DAY!

The auditions are held in the Estes Center (EC) of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, located at the corner of Main Street and Warsaw Avenue. Please park in the Warsaw Avenue Parking Deck which is located behind The Forbes Center. As you enter The Forbes Center, please check in at our reception desk which will be located in The Interlude Lobby located by the Forbes Center Box Office.

The audition schedules are as follows:

Friday, November 15, 2013

8:30 am

Arrival at the Forbes Center for check-in; warm-up and a continental breakfast for prospective students and their families/ guardians/ friends inThe Interlude Lobby/EC 1298/EC 1299

9:00-10:00 am

Informational Meeting for prospective students and their families/guardians/friends in EC 1270

10:10-11:25 Audition Class in EC 1299
11:45- on Individual Interviews for prospective students with dance faculty members in their offices located on the second floor in the School of Theatre and Dance Office Suite. Prospective students may leave after their individual interviews.

Friday, February 14, 2014

8:30 am

Arrival at the Forbes Center for check-in and a continental breakfast for prospective students and their families/guardians/friends in The Interlude Lobby/EC 1298

9-10 am

Informational Meeting for prospective students and their families/guardians/friends in EC 1270

10:15-1:00 pm

Individual Interviews for prospective students with dance faculty members in their offices located on the second floor in the School of Theatre and Dance Office Suite

1:25-2:55 pm

Audition Class in EC 1299. Prospective students may leave after the audition class.

Saturdays – November 16, 2013 AND February 15. 2014

9:00 am

Arrival at the Forbes Center for check-in; warm-up and a continental breakfast for prospective students and their families/guardians/friends in The Interlude Lobby/EC 1298/EC 1299

9:30-11:30 am

Audition Class in EC 1299

11:45-1:00 pm

Informational Meeting for prospective students and their families/guardians/friends in EC 1270

1:15 – on

Individual Interviews for prospective students with dance faculty members in their offices located on the second floor in the School of Theatre and Dance Office Suite. Prospective students may leave after their individual interviews.

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TOURS OF THE FORBES CENTER AND THE WAYLAND RESIDENCE HALL, THE ARTS LIVING - LEARNING COMMUNITY, WILL BE SCHEDULED THROUGHOUT EACH AUDITION DAY 

 

The Audition Class will consist of:

  • A ballet barre in ballet shoes
  • Contemporary modern center and across-the-floor combinations in bare feet
  • A directed improvisation                                          

The auditions are held during JMU Dance Program Concert weekends.  Prospective students are invited to attend these evening concerts and will be offered complimentary tickets.  Please let us know how many tickets you will need before the audition        

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

Prospective students who have auditioned will be notified of their acceptance to the Dance Concentration after they have been notified of their acceptance to JMU. Dance Concentrators will be encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to this intense course of study by making it their first-major if they plan to double major.

Students who do not receive acceptance to the Dance Concentration but who do receive admission to JMU can re-audition for the Dance Concentration during their first year during the scheduled prospective student auditions. These students also can contact the Dance Program Coordinator at the beginning of their fall freshman semester to discuss the possibility of adding dance courses to their schedule depending upon availability of classes.                                             

 
Last Edited on 9/4/13