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Admission to the Dance Program

Admission to the Dance Program is by audition. Students interested in studying dance must first submit a University Admissions Application to the JMU Office of Admissions

VA REP 2013, Richard Finkelstein

DANCE AUDITION INFORMATION

DANCE PROGRAM AUDITION DATES:

Friday, November 11, 2016 (start time 8:30 am) 

 Saturday, November 12, 2016  (start time 9:00 am)

Friday, February 10, 2017 (start time 8:30 am) 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 (start time 9:00 am)

 

 

An audition is required only if you intend to be a Dance Major at JMU.

Dance minors do not audition.

A JMU Admission Application should be submitted before auditioning.  Each candidate should select DANCE as their major area of interest.  In addition, you will need to register for an audition and submit a Slideroom application. By filling out the online form, you will secure your spot for an audition on a specific date.  If you need to switch your audition date, you can do so online or we can assist at 540-568-7138.  You will be sent a confirmation email, and you will receive notification of your specific audition time prior to your audition. 

 

You will also need to submit supplemental materials and complete an application via Slideroom.  These are the materials that will be collected on the Slideroom website:

  1.   At least two letters of recommendation addressing your involvement and commitment to dance.
  2.   A one page typed personal statement about dance.
  3.   A resume and a current photograph (black and white or color).
  4.   An unofficial High School transcript.

You should submit your Slideroom application prior to coming to campus to audition.  Detailed information for submitting the Slideroom application will be available on the audition registration website when you schedule your audition appointment. 


WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR AUDITION DAY!

The auditions are held in the Estes Center portion 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 table which will be located in The Interlude Lobby located by the Forbes Center Box Office. The audition schedules are as follows:

Fridays- November 11, 2016 AND February 10, 2017

8:30 am

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

9:00-10:00 am

Informational Meeting for prospective students and their families in Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre/ Room 1270.

10:10-11:40 Audition Class in Room 1299
11:45- on Individual Interviews for prospective students with dance faculty members in their offices located on the second floor. Prospective students may leave after their individual interviews.

 

Saturdays – November 12, 2016 AND February 11, 2017

9:00 am

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

9:30-11:00 am

Audition Class in Room 1299

11:15-12:15 pm

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

12:30 – on

Individual Interviews for prospective students with dance faculty members in their offices located on the second floor.  Prospective students may leave after their individual interviews.

 

TOURS OF THE FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 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. Contact the School Office at 540-568-6342 or email theatredance@jmu.edu .       

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE TO THE DANCE PROGRAM

Prospective students who have auditioned will be notified of their acceptance to the Dance Major after they have been notified of their acceptance to JMU. Dance Majors 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 Major but who do receive admission to JMU can re-audition for the Dance Major during their first year during the scheduled prospective student auditions. These students can also 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.

          VA Repertory Dance Company 2013


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