BFA Dance


Deputy Chair of Dance:
Prof. Lori Katterhenry
Coordinator, BFA Dance Division:
Prof. Maxine Steinman
Admissions Coordinator of Dance:
Lynne Grossman
University Admission Contact:
Zachary Brower

Major-specific Guidelines –

To be considered for admission to the BFA Dance program, you must first submit an online application to Montclair State University; then follow the guidelines below:

    • Applicants should be incoming freshmen or sophomores.
    • Upon completion and review of the submitted university application, applicants may be emailed an invitation to attend an audition with the Department of Theatre & Dance. (note: Please schedule your appointment online in accordance with sent instructions. 
    • The audition consists of: 
      • Participating in a ballet and modern dance technique class during regular school hours;
      • Presentation of a minute and a half solo;
      • An interview.
    • Applicants must bring the following on the day of the audition:
      • Resume of dance experience
      • Photocopy of your high school or college transcript
      • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, director and/or other dance professional familiar with your work and potential. (note: Letter should evaluate your self-discipline, attitude, motivation, creativity and potential for success in the performing arts)
      • Photo of yourself in a dance pose as well as a wallet size headshot.
      • Written paragraph as to why you would like to study dance at MSU, e.g. At this time, what are your current career goals and how would your training/studies at MSU help you to fulfill those goals?
      • Appropriate dance attire (i.e. leotards, tights and ballet slippers); and
      • $50 Audition fee payable to MSU by check or money order.
    • Applicants should arrive early on the day of their scheduled appointment.
    • Note to long-distance applicants: Dance applicants for whom travel is prohibitive may submit a video in lieu of the in-person audition.

Following the portfolio interview, the Department of Theatre and Dance will notify candidates regarding their standing in the review process.

(Note: Once enrolled in the Dance Program, students must participate in an annual review to continue in the program.)

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Appointment Dates –

Refer to Department Admission - Appointments Calendar

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