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MFA Audition Information

The MFA program in dance is currently undergoing revision and is closed to admission.

MFA Auditions will only be conducted for students who are invited to attend. If you are invited to audition, the Conservatory of Dance will contact you.

MFA application instructions

Fall 2012 Audition Dates

All auditions will take place on the Purchase College Campus.

Friday 2/24/2012 (application deadline 2/3/2012)

Saturday 3/3/2012 (application deadline 2/10/2012)

The admission audition consists of a ballet class, modern combinations in the center and across the floor, a performance piece, and an essay. You also might be asked to improvise.

The faculty will interview all MFA applicants 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. Please plan to spend a full day at Purchase College.

Audition Day Schedule

9:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Audition Class
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00–2:30 p.m. Solo Presentations
3:00–4:00 p.m. Essay
4:30 p.m. Interview

Acceptance Criteria

Audition Attire

Please plan to arrive on campus by 9 a.m. After changing into practice clothes, applicants register for the audition.

  1. Complete the audition form
  2. Submit the nonrefundable Conservatory of Dance $50 audition fee (check or money order, payable to Purchase College. No cash.) Please note that all returned checks will forfeit consideration.
  3. Submit photograph (full body shot in leotard and tights, print name on back of photo)
  4. Receive audition number

Solo Performance

Following class each dancer will present a solo in classical ballet, contemporary ballet, or modern dance. Please note the following:

After the Audition

You will remain to write an essay and to interview with the director of the MFA program and selected faculty. We invite you to attend the BFA Dance Senior Project Performances at 8 p.m. in the Dance Theatre Lab. Please reserve your complimentary tickets when you register in the morning.

Class Audition by DVD: All candidates residing in the continental United States must audition in person and on campus. ONLY candidates living outside the continental United States may send a class audition DVD rather than audition in person (this includes other countries and Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico). This class audition DVD is in addition to the Application DVD required as part of the application for admission.

The Class Audition DVD should include:

Youtube Submission:

You may also post your performing and/or work samples and class audition at Please follow the exact same guidelines as the DVD submission.

Admission Decision

Applicants will be notified of admission status within three weeks of the audition if the following documents have been submitted and are complete: Conservatory of Dance MFA application with review and audition fee, SUNY Graduate Program application for admission, and the SUNY application fee.

Admission to the Conservatory of Dance serves as your admission to Purchase College.

For additional information, please contact:

Conservatory of Dance
Telephone: (914) 251-6800
Fax: (914) 251- 6806

Conservatory of Dance
Purchase College, State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400

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