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Auditions & Admissions

BFA Audition Process for Fall 2022 Admission

For more information on our program please visit the following links:

To arrange a virtual building tour please contact Casey Copeland, cgc17b@my.fsu.edu

For questions regarding the application, the admissions process, or the BFA out-of-state tuition waiver for non-Florida residents, please contact Dr. Jeff Bray, jbray@fsu.edu

During the 2021/2022 academic year, the School of Dance will conduct auditions for our BFA program completely online. To initiate this process, please begin by completing the FSU undergraduate application found on the FSU Office of Admissions website (link provided below) and select Dance as your intended major. The FSU application portal will open on August 1, 2021. After submitting the FSU application, you will have access to the Application Status Check portal, and you will be prompted to complete the Dance Supplemental Application in which you will provide your audition materials. Please note that the Dance Supplemental Application requires a resume with links to video of the applicant dancing in two genres of the applicant’s choice – specifically for the purpose of demonstrating the applicant’s training in those genres – as well as video of the applicant performing a two-minute solo. Regarding the genres, applicants should simulate classroom exercises with emphasis on fundamentals of technical training, and the applicant should be the only person dancing in these videos.

We would like for you to show us your strongest work and diversity of your technique and skills. In your videos, demonstrate the movement fundamentals that directly influence and relate to the techniques you are currently studying. When relevant, demonstrate your ability to move up and down from the floor.

The solo is intended to showcase the applicant’s unique skill and artistry as a dancer, and it can be in whichever style the applicant chooses. For Freshman/Sophomore dancers auditioning for the BFA program, the solo choreography may be their own or by someone else; Junior/Senior transfer students must perform their own original choreography. Applicants should provide a maximum of three videos (i.e., 2 genres + 1 solo). Applicants are encouraged to include a brief statement at the beginning of each video in which they discuss the content of the video, specifically addressing the genre/style and their relevant training and experience. For the solo, applicants should identify the choreographer.

Applicants are required to upload a resume within the Dance Supplemental Application. The resume should specifically highlight dance training and experience, and it should include a statement of career goals. A photo of the applicant (headshot or full-body) should also be uploaded within the Dance Supplemental Application. The video links requested above should be included in the resume. Please be sure the video links provided in your resume open properly prior to submission.

The School of Dance deadlines for submitting the FSU application and the Dance Supplemental Application with audition videos are November 10, 2021 (early audition submission) and January 12, 2022 (final audition deadline). This said, November 1, 2021 is the university’s priority deadline for admission and merit scholarship consideration. Applicants who submit all application materials by November 1, 2021 will receive an admission decision online on February 17, 2022. Students who submit materials after November 1, 2021 will receive an admission decision on a rolling basis starting in March. The School of Dance will give equal consideration to all BFA Dance applicants regardless of which deadline is met.

Admission to the university is authorized by the FSU Office of Admissions, and all prospective BFA applicants must follow the instructions and relevant deadlines for gaining general admission to the university. The university’s undergraduate application and all relevant information and deadlines can be found on the FSU Office of Admissions website (link provided below).

Summary of Required BFA Audition Application Materials:

  • Links to video of the applicant’s dance training in specific genres (two videos, five-minute maximum per video).
  • Link to video of the applicant performing a two-minute solo.
  • A resume highlighting dance training, experience, and a statement of career goals. (include video links in resume).
  • A photo of the applicant (either headshot or full-body).
  • Submission of the FSU undergraduate application with the corresponding Dance Supplemental Application materials requested above by either the November 10, 2021 deadline or the January 12, 2022 deadline.

Link to FSU Office of Admissions:

https://admissions.fsu.edu/

For questions regarding the application or the admissions process, please contact Dr. Jeff Bray, jbray@fsu.edu


MFA and MA (Studio and Related Studies) Audition Process for Fall 2022 Admission

For applicants interested in our MFA Returning Professional track https://dance.fsu.edu/programs-2/programs-4/mfa-returning-professional/ please note that Returning Professional eligibility will be determined by the School of Dance faculty upon the applicant’s acceptance to the MFA program.

During the 2021/2022 academic year, the School of Dance will conduct auditions for our MFA and MA Studio and Related Studies (MA/SRS) programs in two formats: applicants can choose either an on-site audition or a completely online audition.

To initiate this process, please begin by completing the School of Dance graduate audition application below. Please note that the application requires a resume with links to video of the applicant dancing in two genres of the applicant’s choice – specifically for the purpose of demonstrating the applicant’s training in those genres – as well as video of the applicant performing a two-minute solo and two work samples highlighting the applicant’s research interest. In regards to the genres, applicants should simulate classroom exercises with emphasis on fundamentals of technical training, and the applicant should be the only person dancing in these videos. The solo is intended to showcase the applicant’s unique skill and artistry as a performer, and it can be in whichever style the applicant chooses. Dancers auditioning for the MFA and MA/SRS are expected to perform solos of their own original choreography.

Two work samples should highlight the applicant’s research interests in choreography, performance, dance on film, teaching, or other. Applicants should provide a maximum of five videos in total (i.e., 2 genres + 1 solo + 2 work samples). Applicants are encouraged to include a brief statement at the beginning of each video in which they discuss the content of the video, specifically addressing the genre/style and their relevant training and experience. Applicants are also required to upload a resume within the audition application specifically highlighting dance training and experience. The video links requested above should be included in the resume. Please be sure the video links provided in your resume open properly prior to submission.

Please be advised that the School of Dance graduate audition application is separate from the university application. Admission to the university is authorized by the FSU Office of Admissions, and all prospective MFA and MA/SRS applicants must submit the university application in addition to the audition application by December 15, 2021. The university’s graduate application and all relevant information can be found on the FSU Office of Admissions website (link provided below). Please note that the FSU graduate application requires the following materials: 1) a statement of purpose (this is a 1-2 page letter in which you articulate your motivation for attending our program), 2) a writing sample (usually a major research paper or something similar), 3) three letters of recommendation composed on official institutional letterhead, 4) official college/university transcripts, and 5) a resume/CV. Our program does not require the GRE nor any other graduate admissions examination.

In order to be considered for admission to our program, it is imperative that both the audition application and the university application (along with all required materials) are received by the December 15, 2021 deadline.

Remote MFA and MA/SRS applicants will be required to participate in a virtual audition and interview with the School of Dance audition committee conducted via Zoom on January 7, 2022. We will provide applicants with all relevant information regarding these interviews prior to the interview date.

On-site MFA and MA/SRS applicants will attend a two-day audition and interview process January 10-11, 2022.  We will provide applicants with all relevant information prior to the interview date. Please see sample on-site schedule below.

The School of Dance will give equal consideration to all MFA and MA/SRS applicants regardless of whether the applicant chooses the remote or the on-site audition option.

Summary of Required MFA and MA/SRS Audition Application Materials:

  • Links to video of the applicant’s dance training in two specific genres (two videos, five-minute maximum per video).
  • Link to video of the applicant performing an original two-minute solo.
  • Two work samples highlighting the applicant’s research interest in choreography, performance, dance on film, teaching, or other (two separate video links).
  • A resume highlighting dance training and experience (include video links in resume).
  • Submission of the School of Dance graduate audition application (with resume) and the FSU graduate application along with all required application materials by December 15, 2021.
  • Selection of on-site or remote audition option by December 15, 2021 (please contact Dr. Jeff Bray to reserve your on-site or remote option, jbray@fsu.edu).

School of Dance Graduate Audition Application (for MFA and MA/SRS only):

School of Dance Graduate Audition Application

Link to FSU Office of Admissions:

https://admissions.fsu.edu/

For questions regarding the application or the admissions process, please contact Dr. Jeff Bray, jbray@fsu.edu

Schedule for On-site MFA and MA-Studio and Related Studies Audition

First Day: MANDATORY

Upon arrival check in with the Dance Office – 202A Montgomery Hall

  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am Check In with Jeffrey Bray (Room 202A)
  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am Prepare and warm-up for classes
  • 9:00 am – 10:20 am Technique Class
  • 10:30 am – 11:50 am Technique and Improvisation Lab; Dialogue and discussion on studio practice
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch Break
  • 12:45 pm – 1:30 Studio Space available to rehearse prepared solo
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Prepared solos shown to audition committee

◦      Applicants should bring an audio device and an audio jack.

◦      Solos should be 1-2 minutes in length.

◦      Prepared solo should be of dancer’s own original choreography.

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Information session on graduate programs
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Interviews with Faculty
  • 6:00 pm Graduate Student Social

Second Day: MANDATORY

  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am Check In with Jeffrey Bray (Room 202A)
  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am Prepare and warm-up for classes
  • 9:00 am – 10:20 am Technique Class
  • 10:30 am – 11:50 am Creative Project work session
  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch Break
  • 12:45 pm – 1:15 Studio Space available
  • 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Creative project showing and discussion with audition committee
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00pm Class visits; Building Tour

Notification of audition results will be emailed to the auditioning dancers in writing within approximately two weeks of the audition.


MA (American Dance Studies) Application for Fall 2022 Admission

The American Dance Studies program will be on hiatus during the 2022-2023 academic year and therefore the School of Dance will not review applications for this program during the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. However, if you would like more information concerning this program, please contact Dr. Jeff Bray (jbray@fsu.edu) who will connect you with an adviser to discuss the curriculum and opportunities.