The admission audition consists of a ballet class and modern combinations in the center and across the floor. You might also be asked to improvise. Following class, the audition panel will call back the dancers who will present their solos in the afternoon. The faculty will conduct a short interview following the audition. The schedule is adhered to as much as possible; however, the number of people in any given audition, the weather, or other extenuating circumstances may cause changes. If auditioning on-campus, please plan to spend a full day at Purchase College. Please refer to stated registration times for off-campus auditions.
It is imperative that you schedule an audition online using your myPurchase account. You will not be able to schedule an audition unless you apply to Purchase College. The Conservatory of Dance will confirm your audition date by email within a week of your online request.
PLEASE SUBMIT AT YOUR SCHEDULED AUDITION (DO NOT SEND THIS MATERIAL AHEAD OF TIME):
Regional auditions will be held January 11 and February 2 and 3 in:
Please plan to arrive at 9:00 am for on-campus auditions. After changing into practice clothes, applicants register for the audition with the representatives from the Conservatory of Dance.
After class, a list will be posted for a select group of students who will be invited to present a 90-second solo performance in classical ballet, contemporary ballet or modern dance. If you are not called back to present a solo, you are free to depart.
Your music should be on a CD (with your name clearly printed on the label) or on an iPod.
Choreography may be by you or another person.
If your dance exceeds 90 seconds, you will be asked to stop. We are primarily interested in your performance and movement ability.
Be prepared to introduce your dance: title, choreographer, composer and any additional information you wish us to know.
The audition studio has a marley floor. Rosin will be available if needed.
No costumes are permitted. However, you are welcome to change from class attire to other leotard/tights or unitard for your solo.
After the Audition
If space and time permit, we will have a discussion period to answer your questions. You are free to depart unless you have been requested to stay for an interview. If you audition on-campus, you are welcome to attend the BFA Dance Senior Project Performance at 8:00 pm in the Dance Theatre Lab. Please reserve your complimentary tickets when you register in the morning.
Applicants auditioning on February 15 & 22, 2013 will be notified of their admission status within 3 weeks of the February 22, 2013 audition if their application is complete.
Applicants auditioning on March 2 & March 9, 2013 will be notified of their admission status within 3 weeks of the March 9, 2013 audition if their application is complete.
For additional information, please contact:
Conservatory of Dance
State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Tel.: (914) 251- 6800
Fax: (914) 251- 6806