Dance MFA Choreography | Dance MFA Performance/Teaching
Be sure to review and follow all application instructions and observe all deadlines carefully. In cases where students fail to follow the requirements and instructions and/or to observe deadlines there is no guarantee the application can be reviewed and the application may be withdrawn from consideration.
Apply online using the SUNY Application at www.suny.edu/Student/apply.* The application fee is $50. The Common Application is not available for Dance applicants.
*Note: Dance applicants are NOT required to submit the SUNY Supplemental Admissions Form. The Supplemental Admissions Form is for Liberal Arts and Sciences and Art+Design applicants only.
All freshman applicants must submit the following information:
BE GREEN, GO PAPERLESS: Purchase College recommends you self-report your academic transcript information electronically through theSUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) system.* Obtain copies of your high school transcript and your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) from your college counselor and/or the standardized testing services to self-report. All information (i.e. grades, test scores, grade-point average, class rank, etc.) should be self-reported on SOAR exactly as it appears on your transcript.
Your transcript should not be mailed at the time you apply if you self-report your academic record online. Once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must then be sent from your high school to the address below.
NOTE: Any deliberate omission or falsification of information on SOAR will jeopardize a student’s chances for admission. Purchase College will verify your self-reported transcript against your official final transcript for accuracy. If misrepresentations are found, the college reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission.
If you are accepted to Purchase College, your high school must then submit official** copies of the following items (Official means documents are delivered in sealed envelopes from the school or delivered electronically directly from the school or testing service):
These items should be submitted electronically or mailed directly to:
Purchase College-Application Processing
Albany, NY 12204-2755
Apply online using the SUNY Application at www.suny.edu/Student/apply.** The application fee is $50. Dance applicants should NOT use the Common Application.
** Dance applicants are NOT required to submit the SUNY Supplemental Admissions Form. The Supplemental Admissions Form is for Liberal Arts and Sciences and Art+Design applicants only.
Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 college credits are strongly encouraged to complete SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) in order to speed the review process. If you choose to complete your academic record online, please note that once you are accepted and indicate your intent to enroll, an official final transcript must be sent from your high school to Purchase College. Please see the information regarding SOAR (SUNY Online Academic Record) in the Freshman instructions above.
All transfer applicants must submit the following information:
These items must be sent directly to:
Purchase College-Application Processing
Albany, NY 12204-2755
*Students with under 24 college credits are required to submit official high school transcripts, SAT and/or ACT, and/or GED scores. Students who have completed over 24 college credits at the time of application completion may choose to only submit college transcripts, but it is possible the Office of Admissions will request these additional items upon application review. Students who have taken AP exams should submit all AP scores for evaluation and transfer credit.
**’Official’ means documents are delivered in sealed envelopes from the school or electronically directly from the school or testing service.
Please note regarding transfer credit: All new dance students are considered Freshmen. Plan on spending four years (eight semesters) in the Conservatory of Dance. Dance Technique, Improvisation and Composition credits do not transfer to the Conservatory of Dance from outside sources or other colleges. Liberal Arts & Science credits may be accepted up to 30 credits. Dance History, Anatomy, Music or Dance Production transfer credits may be accepted. Syllabi, final exams or papers from the courses you wish to transfer are to the Conservatory of Dance are required.
NOTE: Prior/current EOP/HEOP/SEEK/College Discovery students please click here for further instructions.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT CALL THE CONSERVATORY TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION. ALL AUDITIONS ARE SCHEDULED ONLINE.
The Dance Audition
Admission to the Conservatory of Dance is highly competitive Acceptance and is based primarily on your dance audition, demonstrating:
Prior training and the ability to demonstrate advanced knowledge of modern and/or classical ballet techniques
Talent and potential as a performer
Good physical proportions in a healthy body that is injury free
The dance audition consists of a ballet class and modern combinations in the center and across the floor. You might 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. Please plan to spend a full day at Purchase College.
Each dancer should be prepared to present a 90-second solo performance in classical ballet, contemporary ballet or modern dance. We would like to see you in a work that shows you at your best. Note the following carefully, as no exceptions will be made:
Your music should be on CD (with your name clearly printed on the label) or 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.
No costumes are permitted.
Dance Information Requirements
All dancers are required to bring the following items with them to submit in-person on the day of the audition. DO NOT MAIL THESE MATERIALS TO ADMISSIONS OR THE CONSERVATORY.
2014-2015 Dance Audition Dates
On Campus - registration begins at 9:00am
Friday, February 6, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Chicago, IL - Chicago Academy for the Arts
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Registration begins at 11:00am
Los Angeles, CA - Location TBD
Sunday, February 1, 2015 - Registration begins at 11:30am
Sample Schedule On-Campus Audition Day
9:00am - 10:00am Registration - Complete the audition form,
submit your resume, letter of recommendation,
essay and photo and receive you audition number
10:00am - 10:30am Parents meet with the Director of
Dance/Auditionees warm up
10:30am - 12:30pm Dance Auditions
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break, List of requested solo performances
1:30pm Audition solos, presented in order of registration,
followed by an interview
Dance applicants are invited to attend the BFA Dance Senior Project Performances in the Dance Theatre Lab at 8:00pm on the evening of your audition. Dancers may sign-up for two (2) complimentary tickets when registering in the morning.
Class Audition by DVD/YouTube
Only candidates living outside the continental United States may send a class audition DVD or YouTube links rather than audition in person. This includes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. Deadline to submit a Class Audition by DVD or YouTube link is February 28, 2014 (received in the office by February 28).
The Class Audition DVD or YouTube links should include:
Introduction: State your name, dance training, and information about your solo: title, composer, choreographer and any additional information you want us to know. Tell us why you are interested in attending the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
Ballet Class: Present barre work, center work (adagio, allegro and pirouette combinations) and across the floor combinations. You do not need to repeat exercises on both sides.
Modern Class: Present warm up exercises, center work including back work, and across the floor combinations.
Solo: 90 seconds maximum.
Submit the Class Audition DVD and the non-refundable $60 audition fee in check or money order payable to Purchase College at the following address:
Conservatory of Dance
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
You may also post your Class Audition at www.Youtube.com. Please follow the exact same guidelines as the DVD submission. Include the link(s) in an email to Adriana.Pera@purchase.edu with your name in the subject line. Mail the non-refundable $60 audition fee to the address above. Your audition class will not be reviewed until the audition fee has been received.
REMINDER: The $60 audition fee is separate and in addition to the SUNY application fee of $50.00. Both fees are required and must be paid separately.
If you get injured prior to your scheduled audition date, you will be able to reschedule your audition to a further date. If your recovery period goes beyond our last scheduled audition date (March1, 2014), you may be exceptionally granted an extension. Please contact the Conservatory of Dance in either case.
Women: black leotard, with white, tan or pink tights, ballet shoes, hair neatly secured (no pony tails), no jewelry.
Men: white t-shirt, dance belt, black tights with white socks or black tights with feet, and black or white shoes.
Note: Since ballet shoes are required for ballet work and modern work is barefoot, tights should be easily adjustable (stirrup tights or tights with foot seams split).
After the audition you are free to depart, unless you have been asked to stay for an additional interview.
Applicants are typically notified of their admission decision within three to five weeks of their audition date provided their application is complete and they have paid the audition fee.
For additional information about the Dance program, visit the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance website.