Undergraduate Application Requirements

The NYU Tisch Department of Dance seeks trained ballet and contemporary students, with at least three years training, who can commit themselves to the rigors of professional study.

Admission is limited to full-time students beginning in September only.

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. Admission standards that pertain to University acceptance can be found on the NYU Undergraduate Admissions page and should be read in conjunction with the department's standards.

An undergraduate candidate must apply via Common Application. After the application is submitted, NYU Undergraduate Admissions will send an email with instructions and a link to upload your virtual audition in the SLATE system.  

AUDITION INFORMATION

We are excited to launch our new audition process for this year. The faculty is very much looking forward to witnessing new talent and the future generation of dance! We ask that you approach this audition process the same way you would any in-person audition. Bring as much of yourself to the experience as you can. This includes your technical skill but also your unique personality and enthusiasm for dance. Ballet shoes are required for the ballet portion and bare feet are expected in the Contemporary portion. We do need to see your body clearly so it will not benefit you to wear baggy clothes.

Please pay attention to the following instructions and deadlines for the different application processes below:

EARLY DECISION 1 AUDITION:

On October 5, 2020, the video links to view the audition class will be made available on your SLATE Portal. The first link will consist of a roughly 45-minute ballet class (barre and center). The second link will consist of a roughly 30-minute contemporary portion. Once the links are posted on SLATE, you will have until midnight on November 6th to submit recordings of yourself taking the class. Once each link is opened, you will only have 3 hours to view each link to ensure that you do not have the possibility of memorizing the class. 

We recommend getting yourself completely set up for the class before opening the NYU Tisch Dance Contemporary and Ballet videos. This includes any personal warm-up preparation that you need, as well as setting up your camera, lighting, attire, etc. You can take each class several times within the three-hour time limit. Please only record your performance of each of the combinations. Do not record yourself learning the material. 

To record yourself, we recommend using the video feature of your smartphone, if that is available to you, but we will accept all video formats. You should sync yourself to the sound that is coming directly from the Tisch audition video so that we can assess your musicality and presence within the class. Choose a place with good lighting and an angle where your whole body can be seen clearly within the frame. We recommend using a tripod to ensure a consistent image. You can take the class and record these videos in any space that is available to you and conducive for full dancing. In addition to these 2 class videos, you will upload a video of yourself performing a solo (2 minutes or less). 

Once you complete recording your videos, please upload them to Youtube or Vimeo. You will submit each link (the two classes and the one solo) into your SLATE portal, along with your Resume, Headshot, and Audition Form. Please keep your video unlisted or viewable only to those with access to your link.

The deadline to access the audition class videos and upload your submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on November 6, 2020.

Please hold Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., for the “callback." You will be notified by November 11 whether or not you have been invited to the “callback." If you are invited for callbacks, the Dance Department will provide you with a Zoom link and a 15-minute time slot for an interview with a faculty member of the Dance Department.

If you have any questions or find yourself in a compromised situation, please contact the department directly and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please contact the Tisch Dance Department Administrative Aide, Genevieve Hoeler, by email at gh56@nyu.edu or phone at 212-998-1980 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST).

 

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EARLY DECISION 2 AUDITION: 

On October 5, 2020, the video links to view the audition class will be made available on your SLATE Portal. The first link will consist of a roughly 45-minute ballet class (barre and center). The second link will consist of a roughly 30-minute contemporary portion. Once the links are posted on SLATE, you will have until midnight on January 8th to submit recordings of yourself taking the class. Once each link is opened, you will only have 3 hours to view each link to ensure that you do not have the possibility of memorizing the class. 

We recommend getting yourself completely set up for the class before opening the NYU Tisch Dance Contemporary and Ballet videos. This includes any personal warm-up preparation that you need, as well as setting up your camera, lighting, attire, etc. You can take each class several times within the three-hour time limit. Please only record your performance of each of the combinations. Do not record yourself learning the material. 

To record yourself, we recommend using the video feature of your smartphone, if that is available to you, but we will accept all video formats. You should sync yourself to the sound that is coming directly from the Tisch audition video so that we can assess your musicality and presence within the class. Choose a place with good lighting and an angle where your whole body can be seen clearly within the frame. We recommend using a tripod to ensure a consistent image. You can take the class and record these videos in any space that is available to you and conducive for full dancing. In addition to these 2 class videos, you will upload a video of yourself performing a solo (2 minutes or less). 

Once you complete recording your videos, please upload them to Youtube or Vimeo. You will submit each link (the two classes and the one solo) into your SLATE portal, along with your Resume, Headshot, and Audition Form. Please keep your video unlisted or viewable only to those with access to your link.

The deadline to access the audition class videos and upload your submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on January 8, 2020.

Please hold Saturday, January 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., for the “callback." You will be notified by January 13 whether or not you have been invited to the “callback." If you are invited for callbacks, the Dance Department will provide you with a Zoom link and a 15-minute time slot for an interview with a faculty member of the Dance Department.

If you have any questions or find yourself in a compromised situation, please contact the department directly and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please contact the Tisch Dance Department Administrative Aide, Genevieve Hoeler, by email at gh56@nyu.edu or phone at 212-998-1980 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST).

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REGULAR DECISION AUDITION:

On October 5, 2020, the video links to view the audition class will be made available on your SLATE Portal. The first link will consist of a roughly 45-minute ballet class (barre and center). The second link will consist of a roughly 30-minute contemporary portion. Once the links are posted on SLATE, you will have until midnight on January 29th to submit recordings of yourself taking the class. Once each link is opened, you will only have 3 hours to view each link to ensure that you do not have the possibility of memorizing the class. 

We recommend getting yourself completely set up for the class before opening the NYU Tisch Dance Contemporary and Ballet videos. This includes any personal warm-up preparation that you need, as well as setting up your camera, lighting, attire, etc. You can take each class several times within the three-hour time limit. Please only record your performance of each of the combinations. Do not record yourself learning the material.

To record yourself, we recommend using the video feature of your smartphone, if that is available to you, but we will accept all video formats. You should sync yourself to the sound that is coming directly from the Tisch audition video so that we can assess your musicality and presence within the class. Choose a place with good lighting and an angle where your whole body can be seen clearly within the frame. We recommend using a tripod to ensure a consistent image. You can take the class and record these videos in any space that is available to you and conducive for full dancing. In addition to these 2 class videos, you will upload a video of yourself performing a solo (2 minutes or less). 

Once you complete recording your videos, please upload them to Youtube or Vimeo. You will submit each link (the two classes and the one solo) into your SLATE portal, along with your Resume, Headshot, and Audition Form. Please keep your video unlisted or viewable only to those with access to your link.

The deadline to access the audition class videos and upload your submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on January 29, 2020.

Please hold Saturday and Sunday February 13 and 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., for the “callback." You will be notified by February 10whether or not you have been invited to the “callback." If you are invited for callbacks, the Dance Department will provide you with a Zoom link and a 15-minute time slot for an interview with a faculty member of the Dance Department.

If you have any questions or find yourself in a compromised situation, please contact the department directly and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please contact the Tisch Dance Department Administrative Aide, Genevieve Hoeler, by email at gh56@nyu.edu or phone at 212-998-1980 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST).

Here is Associate Chair Rashaun Mitchell explaining the instructions for NYU Tisch Dance's Upcoming Auditions: 

Watch


IMPORTANT DATES:

Notification Plan Common Application Deadline* Slate Submission Deadline* Callback Notification Callback Date
Early Decision 1 November 1 November 6 November 11 November 14 
@ 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Early Decision 2 January 1 January 8 January 13 January 16 
@ 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Regular Decision January 5 January 29 February 10 February 13 & 14
@ 10 a.m. -6 p.m.

*The cut-off time for applications is 11:59 p.m.