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The MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE

Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance Audition Information and Schedule

The audition consists of a ballet and contemporary technique class followed by a short directed improvisation. After the class each applicant will present a 3–5 minute solo choreographed by the applicant, a faculty interview, tours of the campus, and a lunch meeting with current graduate students. Applicants are invited to attend an evening performance of the second year MFA thesis concert. Applicants may also request a complimentary ticket for the concert the night before the audition (Thursday, February 6) or the night of the audition (Friday, February 7). Both concerts are at 8 p.m. and are at the Mendenhall Performing Arts Center. If you choose to attend the performance please indicate which night when you call to schedule your audition appointment.

Audition Schedule: Friday, February 7, 2014

8:30 a.m. Scott Dance Studio available for warm up (located in the Scott Gymnasium complex behind the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton)
9-10:30 a.m. Ballet, contemporary and improvisation class
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Candidates' Choreographic Showings
noon Lunch in the Green Room, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
1 p.m. Panel interviews; brief tour of the performing arts facilities: Crew House Studio, Josten Library, theatres, Berenson Studios
4 p.m. Candidates are free to explore downtown Northampton
8 p.m. Candidates are invited to attend the MFA Thesis Dance Concert in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Performing Arts Center

If coming to Smith is impossible, the applicant should send a DVD or Vimeo link of his or her performance and choreography. The DVD should include very clear accompanying information. Please note: Audition in person is strongly preferable to DVD. Applicants who do not audition in person are typically not eligible for teaching fellowships, tuition waivers and stipends in their first year.