Application Overview

An audition is required for admission to the Dance Major in the School of Theatre and Dance.  To do so, students must apply to both JMU and the School of Theatre and Dance separately and register for an on-campus audition.  Please review our Audition/Gateway Requirements below for how to best prepare your Dance Major application and visit.

Audition Dates
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 On-campus
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 On-campus
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 On-campus
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 On-campus
What to Expect
VA Rep Performance

So, what is the goal of our audition process? Showing proficiency and potential in dance technique and improvisation is certainly important, but we are just as interested in getting to know you as a person.

Each student will begin by participating in a 90-minute audition class where you will be observed in a ballet barre, modern phrases, and a directed improvisation. This is an opportunity to see where you currently are as a dancer, but just as importantly, we are looking for potential and what we believe you can become as an artist over the next four years.

Next, you and your families will have an opportunity to meet all of the dance faculty, hear about what our program offers, and ask us any questions.

The audition day ends with a short, one-on-one interview.  Be prepared to discuss your experience in dance with a faculty member. For us, your interview is just as important as your dancing. We are seeking applicants with a variety of skills and interests both in and outside of the arts.  

Review the Audition/Gateway Requirements

How to Apply
  1. Submit your Undergraduate Admissions Application via the JMU Admissions Office.

2. Register for an on-campus audition.

3. Submit your School of Theatre and Dance Application on Slideroom prior to your on-capmus audition.

4. Contact Dance Program Area Coordinator, Suzanne Miller-Corso with any questions.

Scholarships

The following is a general guide to scholarship programs specific to JMU Theatre and Dance.  Prospective students who audition for the JMU Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance concentrations are offered scholarships in the Spring.  Continuing students make application early in the spring semester for the following academic year.

For information on more general financial aid and scholarship information, try the following two resources:

For Incoming Freshman Applicants
  • Excellence in the Arts Scholarships may include:
    • Full tuition one-year awards (in-state tuition, valued at approximately $10,000) and/or half in-state tuition four-year awards (approximately $5000 per year)
    • Other awards based on Artistic Merit (valued at up to $1200 per year)
  • Wayland Guarantee Awards – guaranteed acceptance into the Arts Learning Community in the recently-renovated Wayland Hall:

Criteria and Procedures

Criteria for determining scholarship recipients include the following: 

  1. Talent and Ability, based on audition, portfolio review, and interview
  2. Academic promise, based on high-school transcript, GPA (minimum equivalent of 3.0 in a 4-point scale), and standardized test scores
  3. Interview
  4. Application Essay (A program-admission essay also serves scholarship application purposes.)
  5. Letter of recommendation (A program-admission recommendation also serves scholarship application purposes.)

Audition Dates and Information:

Dance Auditions

Theatre Auditions

Musical Theatre Auditions

For Continuing Dance Students

TAD Majors with a Dance Concentration become eligible to apply for the following scholarships in the Spring of their first year at JMU.  Application forms, criteria and deadlines are posted on the dance contact board near the studios in March of the academic year.

PARTIAL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships are based on a dance concentrator's academic and artistic achievement within the program, as well as positive contributions to dance program activities both on and off campus.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Scholarship amounts vary each year and must be applied to JMU tuition payment.

PARTIAL SUMMER STUDY TUITION GRANTS

These scholarships are based on a dance concentrator's academic and artistic achievement within the program, as well as positive contributions to dance program activities both on and off campus.  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required. Scholarship amounts vary each year and must be used towards tuition to a specific summer dance study program.

For Continuing Theatre and Musical Theatre Students

THE HORACE BURR SCHOLARSHIP

Named for a former JMU theatre professor, this scholarship is for a student majoring in theatre who has demonstrated excellence in academic and practical theatre work.

THE STRATFORD PLAYERS SCHOLARSHIP

For a Stratford Players member who has demonstrated excellence in academic and practical theatre work. 

THE MARY LATIMER CORDNER SCHOLARSHIP

Named for a former JMU theatre professor, the scholarship is for a rising junior or senior majoring in theatre who has demonstrated excellence in academic and practical theatre work. 

THE STEVEN SNYDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Named in memory of a JMU alumnus, this scholarship is to recognize creative work in theatre.

THE TOM KING SCHOLARSHIP

Recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a theatre major. 

THE TOM ARTHUR THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of the Tom Arthur Scholarship Endowment for Theatre is to provide a need-based scholarship for outstanding JMU undergraduate student scholars who have limited means of support. 

Other Awards Which Require Nomination and May Include Graduating Seniors

THE STEVEN SNYDER CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Steven Snyder Award is presented annually to recognize creative achievement in theatre, particularly The Experimental Theatre, during the current academic year.  To be considered for the Snyder Award, individuals must be nominated by a faculty member or by Stratford Players. 

PHILLIP S. GRAYSON AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL THEATRE

The Phyllip S. Grayson Award is presented annually to recognize excellence in technical theatre.  To be considered for The Phyllip S. Grayson Award, individuals must be nominated by a faculty member or by Stratford Players. 

Award amounts vary and depend on interest from endowed funds and other factors.

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