Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance - admission requirements

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Steps to apply

New students begin with Step 1.  Current ASU students begin with Step 2.

1. Apply to ASU as Dance major

When you apply to Arizona State University, you will be asked to indicate your intended major

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2. Apply to dance interview day 

Registration for admittance fall 2020 is now close.

** You must have applied to ASU before you begin the application to Interview Day, but you do not need to be admitted through ASU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submitting your Dance Interview Day Application. Full admittance to ASU is required before an applicant is eligible to enroll as a BFA Dance Major. **

Registration for 2021 admissions will open on or before August, 15, 2020. Our next on-campus interviews and auditions for 2021 admissions will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 and Saturday, February 7, 2021. Digital interviews via Skype or FaceTime for out-of-state applicants may be available by special arrangement.  Contact nora.cherry@asu.edu for assistance or further questions.

Complete the following materials online to interview for acceptance into the Dance or Dance Education degree program. All materials should be submitted no less than one week prior to your interview date. 

Online dance application 

Essay

  • Complete a 250-word essay answering the below question. The essay should be written in a word processing program that allows you to grammar and spell check your work. Then, you will copy and paste this into the online application.
  • Essay Questions:
    • First-time dance applicants: The School of Film, Dance and Theatre's dance program revolves around the notion of fostering and nurturing creativity. This central principle informs all areas of practice and is supported by a core set of values - humanity, leadership, reflection, and context. Describe why these core values are important to dance and how you hope to develop as a student at ASU.
    • Re-interviewing applicants: Describe what you have done to develop yourself and your movement/creative practice since your last interview (identify workshops attended, ASU classes, master classes, key experiences etc.) and address the core values of the program as detailed above.

Additional information

  • You  will be asked to submit additional information regarding your dance experience, dance related experience, dance theory coursework, and experience with dance production and technology.

Letters of recommendations

Complete the Dance Interview Application FIRST, before contacting your references.

  • We require at least two letters of recommendation (1 technique, 1 academic) from an instructor or someone with whom you have had professional and/or artistic interaction. Do not submit letters from relatives or close friends. Letters of recommendation must be written on official school or company letterhead and emailed directly from the recommending party to Nora Cherry, coordinator of recruitment and admissions, at nora.cherry@asu.edu. Please copy Keith Thompson, assistant director of dance, at kthompson@asu.edu.

Interview day risk release form

  • Participant (and parent/guardian, if under 18) must complete and sign the ASU Release, Indemnity and Assumption of Risk form via the DocuSign links in the online dance application.  

Interview day includes

  • Movement and Creative Practices class: The creative practices class may include improvisation, choreographic prompts, collaborative work, and discussion. There is no need to prepare anything for the class; interviewees should come prepared ready to engage in class. There is no dress code for the creative practices class or any other part of the interview day. 
  • Presentation of solo: The solo should demonstrate the interviewee’s current interests in dance and be no more than three minutes in duration. If using music, please bring music on a phone with an appropriate audio adapter (if needed). 
  • Completion and presentation of a creative task: The creative task is a prompt that will be given to interviewees at the start of the day. Interviewees will be asked to make something in response to the prompt to share, and there’s no right or wrong way to approach this. Applicants may work alone, with a partner, or in groups, with or without accompaniment, and in any form they wish.
  • Interview with a faculty member: The interview is about 10-15 minutes in duration and is best approached as a conversation. This is an opportunity for the dance faculty to learn more about interviewee’s individual interests, goals, and questions.

Skype/Digital Interviews

This option is reserved for out-of-state students.  If applicable, please select this option on the registration form.  All materials must be on file before we can schedule your interview.  Plan for the following elements:                                                                                       

  • Confirm availability options for 30 to 40 minutes of time.
  • Post and send link to a solo on YouTube at least 48 hours prior to your interview.
  • Complete a creative task from a prompt given prior to your interview.   
  • Interview via Skype with a faculty member.

3. Final Decisions 

Acceptance for spring semester/ Jan. 21 2021 admission will be announced by email letter on or around Nov. 15, 2020. 
Acceptance for fall semester/August 2021 admission will be announced by email letter on or around March 15, 2021.