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Application Requirements

The Department of Dance at NYU Tisch seeks exceptionally talented students who can commit themselves to the rigors of professional study.

A student matriculating in the Tisch School of the Arts must be admitted at two levels: as a student within a department of specialization or major, and as a student of New York University. Both Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions are limited to full-time students beginning in September only. Admission standards that pertain to the University in general can be found on the NYU Admissions website and should be read in conjunction with the department's standards. Acceptance into the dance programs are based on both the dance audition and New York University admission requirements.

The audition process involves two steps. First, students audition within the context of a technique class at Tisch, and if the applicant is selected, they will then proceed to the solo audition.

BFA Program

All applicants must apply by submitting a Common Application online to New York University, which includes a Writing Supplement. You must apply as a freshman applicant if you are currently in high school, even if you are taking college courses. If you have left high school early and are attending a college or university as a full-time student, you must apply as a transfer student.

After submitting your Application and Writing Supplement, you will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that will include your University ID and Net ID, as well as instructions to activate and access your NYU Albert Account. Within your NYU Albert Account, click on "Application Status." Here, you will see a link for the "Artistic Review Requirement," which will direct you to the Tisch Dance audition scheduler. Use the scheduler to select a date and time for your audition.

Auditions for all freshman and transfer students will be held in New York City in December and February, as well as in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami in January. If you intend to audition in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Miami, we strongly recommend you submit an application by December 15. Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply by February 15. Early Decision auditions will be held only in New York City for Early Decision applicants — in November for Early Decision I and in January for Early Decision II.

The audition consists of a 90-minute technique class (a combination of ballet and modern dance). Those who pass this will then be asked to perform a short (two- to three-minute) solo dance in any style. A personal interview will follow.

MFA Program

Graduate candidates must submit an application to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions by January 1. The application for graduate students requires a statement of purpose (one to two pages) that includes your academic and professional background, your goals, and what you hope to gain from the program. Please address your specific interest in the field of dance, why you are applying to this particular program, and how you feel that your academic, professional, and/or artistic background makes you an ideal candidate.

Audition Information

An audition is required for graduate admission to the Department of Dance. The audition consists of a condensed class in ballet technique (ballet barre and adagio) and contemporary combinations, lasting approximately one and a half hours. If the dancer passes the first part of the audition, they will be asked to perform a short (no longer than three minutes) solo dance they have learned or choreographed — something they enjoy doing. Music used for solos should be playable from an Ipod, iPhone or similar device. Please remove your passcode before the audition.

As we need to be able to see applicants' bodies in order to realistically evaluate technical level and physical potential, we ask that applicants wear clothing that does not obscure body lines. Everyone should bring regular ballet shoes; pointe shoes are only necessary if the applicant intends to do a solo en pointe.

A personal interview follows the solo performance.

Auditions will be held in New York City, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Choose the preferred site, date, and time from the Dance Audition Schedule page and mark the application accordingly. Audition slots are limited, so we strongly recommend applicants submit their application no later than December 15 if they intend to audition in Chicago or Los Angeles.