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 Artistic Review Portal. 


We are excited to continue our virtual audition process 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 (no pointe shoes, please) 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 plans (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision) below:

A couple of days after submitting your application, you will receive access to your applicant portal, which will include the Artistic Review Portal where you will view the NYU Tisch Dance Ballet and Contemporary audition class video. The first portion of the audition class video will consist of a roughly 18-minute ballet class (center work, no barre), and the second portion of the audition class video will consist of a roughly 15-minute contemporary class. Once the link is posted in the Artistic Review Portal, you must submit recordings of yourself taking the class in accordance with the deadlines listed below. Once the link is opened, you will only have three (3) hours to view the audition class 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 audition class link. This includes any personal warm-up preparation that you need, as well as setting up your camera, lighting, attire, etc. You can take the 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.  We will accept the following video formats (.3g2, .3gp, .avi, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .mxf, .webm, .wmv).  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 your audition class recording, you will upload a video of yourself performing a solo that is two (2) minutes or less.  Please, no pointe solos. We do not accept any edited videos. 

Once you complete recording your videos, please upload them to Youtube or Vimeo. You will submit your audition class and solo recording links into your Artistic Review Portal, along with your Resume, Headshot, and Audition Form. Please keep your videos unlisted or viewable only to those with access to your link.

The specific deadlines to access the audition class videos and upload your submission are listed below.  Please hold the appropriate date listed below for the “callback." You will be notified by the corresponding date listed below if 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 by email at or phone at 212-998-1980 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET).


Notification Plan Common Application Deadline* Artistic Review Portal Submission Deadline* Callback Notification Callback Date
Early Decision 1 Monday, November 1, 2021 Friday, November 5, 2021 Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14, 2021 @ 10am-6pm
Early Decision 2 Saturday, January 1, 2022 Friday, January 7, 2022 Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 10am-6pm
Regular Decision Monday, January 5, 2022 Friday, January 28, 2022 Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Saturday, February 12, 2022 @ 10am-6pm
Fall 2022 Transfer Friday, April 1, 2022 Thursday, April 7, 2022 Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Saturday April 16, 2022 @ 10am-6pm


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