Application: January 1, 2021
Dance Form Submission: January 5, 2021
- SUNY Application and Purchase Supplemental, OR Common Application
- Application fee - $50 for either application
- Academic transcripts
- Letter of Recommendation
- Audition Cost - non-refundable $65 (January 5, 2021 deadline to submit)
Audition Dates: TBD
Auditions for Fall have not been finalized, please check this page for updates in the coming days.
Online audition registration for the BFA Dance program is not yet available. To register for an audition you must first submit an application to the college for the BFA Dance program. Only applicants to the college for the BFA Dance program will be able to register for an audition. Applicants will be emailed the audition registration instructions. The non-refundable audition fee of $65 must be submitted online at the time of your audition submissions.
Please do not call the Conservatory to schedule an audition. All auditions are scheduled online.
Admission to the Conservatory of Dance is highly competitive. Acceptance is based primarily on your dance audition, demonstrating:
Prior training and the ability to demonstrate advanced knowledge of modern, contemporary 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/contemporary 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, modern, or contemporary 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 your phone. Bring a CD as backup.
- 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 submit the following items at time of the audition. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL THESE MATERIALS TO THE CONSERVATORY.
- Dance Resume
- One (1) Artistic Letter of Recommendation
- Dance Photo (a 8 x 10 full body shot in leotard and tights in first arabesque is preferred)
- A copy of the essay you submitted with your Common Application or SUNY Application to the college.
Sample On-Campus Audition Schedule
9:00–10:00am Registration: Complete the audition form, submit your resume, letter of recommendation, essay and photo and receive you audition number
10:00–10:30am: Parents meet with the Director of Dance/Auditionees warm up
10:30am–12:30pm: Dance Auditions
12:30pm–1:45pm: Lunch Break / List of requested solo performances posted
2:00pm: Solo auditions, 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 7:30pm on the evening of your audition. Dancers may sign-up for two (2) complimentary tickets when registering in the morning.
Dance Class Audition Online Submission
(Only students outside continental U.S.)*
Only candidates living outside the continental United States may submit a Class Audition online rather than audition in person. This includes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
You can submit a digital video file or link to your Audition Class Video on YouTube or Vimeo and pay the non-refundable audition fee of $65. Your Class Audition must be received by March 3, 2021.
The Class Audition Video 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.
If you get injured prior to your scheduled audition date, you may reschedule your audition for a later date. If your recovery period exceeds the final scheduled audition date (March 7, 2021) you may be granted an extension by request. Please contact the Conservatory of Dance in either case.
You will be notified of your admission decision three to four weeks after your audition date if your application is complete and you have paid the audition fee.
For additional information about the Dance BFA program visit the Conservatory of Dance.