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Admission to BA Dance Education

Major-Specific Guidelines

To be considered for admission to the BFA/BA DANCE MAJOR, students must first submit an online application to Montclair State University, then proceed to  the Audition Preparation section for your video audition guidelines.

For All Dance Applicants

Applicants should be an incoming freshman or sophomore.

The University application will request the documents below. 

  • $65 Application fee
  • Video Audition submission (if applicable)
  • Transcripts
  • Resume of experience
  • Personal Statement
  • Full body dance pose of any kind showing line,  form, and expression
  • Small recent school photo or headshot
  • Two letters of recommendation.  One must come from an academic teacher, one from a dance professional 
  • $50 Audition fee 

You will not receive information regarding the outcome of your audition if your application is incomplete. After the faculty audition review, some applicants will be invited, by email, to schedule a Zoom interview. You may view your required items anytime and upload materials at apply.montclair.edu/apply. You must first activate your Montclair State account through the email you received from Undergraduate Admissions with subject line, Thank you for Applying to Montclair State!, if you have not already done so.

FOR STUDENTS AUDITIONING THROUGH A PARTNER ORGANIZATION ONLY:

If you have participated, or plan to participate in an audition through a partner organization (such as NYCDA or Dance Wave/Dancing Through College and Beyond), you are not required to upload a video audition, but you must register here and choose your event. This registration allows us to connect your audition result to your university application. This registration does not take the place of registering for the audition itself with the partner organization. You are required to submit all of the other required materials listed below. After your audition with the partner organization, you will be contacted by the Dance admissions coordinator, Lynne Grossman grossmanl@montclair.edu.

If you have any questions about your audition process please contact Lynne Grossman at grossmanl@montclair.edu.

Audition Preparation

Montclair State University Video Dance Audition Content / Fall 2020  through Spring 2020
*Please note that the prompts below are subject to change. 

Students must complete 2 out of 3 of the options (A, B, or C)  in Part 1 as well as complete the Part 2 solo.

PART 1:

Complete 2 out of 3 of the following options:

A. CONTEMPORARY

          • Sitting and/or lying down – warm-up phrase that incorporates upper body bends, spirals and head-tail connection. 
          • Standing warm-up phrase  – include shifts of weight, changes of direction, and a spinal roll down and up.
          • Standing warm-up phrase with foot brushes in turned out and parallel positions.
          • Warm-up phrase that demonstrates body swings/drop swings.
          • Movement phrase that incorporates moving from upright or standing positions to the floor and back up to standing – include use of upper body, transfer of weight, and articulation of spine.
          • Movement phrase that travels across the floor and includes jumps and turns.

B. IMPROVISATION:

Video yourself improvising in movement to one of the following prompts, using music of your choice or no music. This should be approximately 1 minute in length.

          • Move with varying rhythmic changes and syncopations at varying levels.
          • Imagine coming up to the door of a home, office, or a specific room — a place you need to get into. Using an actual doorway, create and express either what it feels like to be rejected or what it feels like to be accepted.
          • Improvise moving across the space using some or all of the following  qualities – smooth, sharp, heavy, extreme slowness/quickness, inserting stillness or using your voice. 

C. BALLET 

Barre:  (Perform each exercise on one side, but alternate sides for filming as well as filming from the front and from the side.)

Demi and grand pliés with cambré forward, side and back.

Tendus from 5th position – some with demi plié. 

Développé en croix.

Grand battement.

Center: (Video both sides of combinations, ie right and left sides.)

Tombé pas de bourrée double pirouette en dehors.

Petit allegro incorporating changement, glissade, jeté, assemblé, pas de chat.

Grand Allegro incorporating the following steps: temp levé in arabesque (or cabriole), grand jeté, tour jeté/grand jeté en tournant. 

PART 2:

Complete the following:

SOLO (your choice of style/form – approximately 70 seconds)

Facial engagement and expressivity are the hardest things to capture in a video. We would like to have the full picture of you as an expressive mover through your body and your face. 

          • You may submit a solo you performed on stage at an event, however videos of solos should be no more than 6 months old. 
          • If you are making a new video, please video the entire solo with the whole body in view.
          • Take a second video of the solo for about 30 seconds and have someone video much closer to view your face and upper body while you’re moving. 
          • Show your performance qualities.
          • Demonstrate body connectivity, traveling, musicality, dynamics, artistry.
          • Reveal what is special about you and how you move.

Please note, you must complete your application and submit all required materials for admission before your video audition will be reviewed. You will not receive information regarding the outcome of your video audition if your application is incomplete. After the faculty audition review, some applicants will be invited, by email, to schedule a Zoom interview. You may view your required items anytime and upload materials at apply.montclair.edu/apply. You must first activate your Montclair State account through the email you received from Undergraduate Admissions with subject line: Thank you for Applying to Montclair State!, if you have not already done so.

If you have any questions about your audition process please contact Lynne Grossman at grossmanl@montclair.edu.

Contacts

Director of Dance

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Elizabeth McPherson

Professor, Theatre and Dance

Phone
973-655-7831
Email
mcphersone@montclair.edu
Location
Life Hall

Coordinator, BA Dance, BFA Dance

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Maxine Steinman

Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance

Phone
973-655-7893
Email
steinmanm@montclair.edu
Location
Life Hall

Dance Admissions Coordinator

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Lynne Grossman

Adjunct Faculty, Theatre and Dance

Phone
973-655-4011
Email
grossmanl@montclair.edu
Location
Life Hall