Admission to BFA Dance

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 
  • Pre-screen Video (See details under Audition Preparation)

You will not receive information regarding the outcome of your application if your submission materials are incomplete. If an applicant is not accepted based on the pre-screen, they will receive an email letting them know and will not proceed with the full audition on campus or by Zoom.

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 Co – Coordinators, Christina Paolucci paoluccic@montclair.edu  or Lynne Grossman grossmanl@montclair.edu 

If you have any questions about your audition process please contact Dance admissions Co – Coordinators, Christina Paolucci paoluccic@montclair.edu  or Lynne Grossman grossmanl@montclair.edu 

 

Audition Preparation

Montclair State University Dance Audition Information

Fall 2021 through Spring 2022

 

ON CAMPUS AUDITION COVID GUIDELINES 

•Only the auditioning student should enter Life Hall. Accompanying parents or friends should plan to wait elsewhere or drop off and pick up

•Completing Hawk Check prior to your visit is necessary for everyone who will be entering campus 

•Masks are to be worn on campus and in auditions (unless otherwise stated) 

•Vaccination Cards & Hawk Check clearance email will need to be presented at your scheduled audition date

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Pre-screen: Submission of a video of a solo of applicant’s choice. This can be videoed in a studio or outdoors, or it could be a performance video from the past year. The solo should be 2-3 minutes long and in the modern/contemporary genre. It may be the student’s own choreography or choreography by someone else, however the choreographer should be identified. If the applicant wishes to submit a second 2-3 minute video in a different genre (tap, hip hop, ballet, flamenco, etc) they may do so, but it is not required. Please wear clothing that allows adjudicators to clearly see you and your movement in the video. Please avoid: dark colors on a dark background; oversized, thick, or loose clothing that obscures your movement and placement and hairstyles that obscure your face.

Pre Screen video must be in the following format:
  • YOUTUBE or VIMEO link for submission. 
  •  Please be sure to ATTACH the link to your YOUTUBE or VIMEO pre-screen video in the appropriate section on the audition registration form.
  • NO OTHER VIDEO PLATFORMS ARE ACCEPTED.

After dance faculty review the pre-screen video submission and other materials, applicants will be notified if they have not been accepted and then will not attend the full audition on campus or over Zoom. Applicants who move past the pre-screen will proceed to a full audition on campus or over Zoom. These applicants will move through each section of the full audition process with no “cuts.”

The in person audition days will last from 11:45am-6pm and include a contemporary/modern dance class, improvisation session, performance of a solo (can be the same solo from the pre-screen), interview, and opportunities to speak with faculty and students. The Zoom audition will last from 12 noon-5pm and include a contemporary/modern class, improvisation session, and opportunities to speak with faculty and students. Please note that ballet remains an important part of our dance training curriculum, even though we are removing it from the audition process.

Our faculty will be looking for the following criteria:

  1. Generous collaboration with other people.

  2. Fluidity of movement within their personal space and through space.

  3. Clear body articulation.

  4. Use of momentum to power movement.

  5. Curiosity and tenacity.

  6. Rhythmic acuity.

  7. Spatial awareness.

  8. Clear point of view and opinions in writing and/or the interview.

  9. Expressive in their dance practice — this may be through dynamics, line, face, etc.

  10. Authenticity in personal expression.

You must complete your application and submit all required materials for admission including your pre-screen solo video before your materials will be reviewed.

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 Christina Paolucci Paoluccic@montclair.edu  or  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 Co Coordinators

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Lynne Grossman

Adjunct Faculty, Theatre and Dance

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

Adjunct, Theatre and Dance

Phone
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Email
paoluccic@montclair.edu