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AMDA Audition Information Dance Theatre Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (LA), Associate Degree (LA), Conservatory Certificate (NY)

Audition Requirements: Please prepare a 60-90 second solo dance piece in ballet, modern, jazz or contemporary. Solos should demonstrate classical line, technique, movement quality, and performance. In addition to your solo, dancers will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of ballet vocabulary and technique. Instructions will be provided by your adjudicator.

Before the Audition

    • Create your audition solo movement material based on your technical strengths*
    • Dance Requirements
    • If using an existing piece of choreography, ask permission of the choreographer
    • Edit your music and load the MP3 onto your phone (or another handheld digital devise)
    • Rehearse. If possible, seek the support of dance teachers, choreographers or coaches
    • Memorize the material until you have full command of the movement
    • Develop the appropriate performance connection to your piece (i.e. emotion, story)
    • Brush up on your ballet terminology

*Note: If you are an advanced specialty dancer (i.e. tap, ballroom, hip-hop, etc) and you wish to demonstrate skill in an alternate style, please prepare a second solo that is no more than 60 seconds in length. The adjudicator will determine if an additional piece is needed.

In The Audition Room

    • The AMDA audition representative sitting behind the table in the Audition Room is called ‘the adjudicator.’ They are there to assess your audition and make a recommendation regarding your admission to AMDA.
    • Your audition begins immediately upon your entrance to the audition room and continues until you exit.
    • Upon entering the audition room, greet the adjudicator, proceed directly to the center of the audition room and await instructions from your adjudicator.
    • Dance Requirements
    • Be prepared to introduce yourself with your name, age, city/country of residence, and the program and campus for which you are auditioning. Please also introduce the solo you will be presenting. Announce the style of the piece, the music selection, and who choreographed the movement.
    • After you finish, hold the last moment of your piece for a beat, then restore to neutral and wait for a response from the adjudicator.
    • Be prepared to perform ballet vocabulary. Your adjudicator will provide you with classical ballet terminology and ask you to demonstrate it to the best of your ability.
    • Plan to articulate why you are auditioning for AMDA and why you want to pursue training in the performing arts. This is an opportunity to express your passion and your professional goals.
    • Thank the panelist(s) upon completion of your audition (i.e. adjudicator, admissions team members, etc.)

Important Tips for a Successful Audition

    • Present strong, effective posture and vocal clarity
    • Enter and leave the audition room with confidence (i.e. keep your head up and avoid looking at the floor)
    • Maintain eye contact with your adjudicator for the introduction/slate and feedback portions of your audition
    • For your solo performance and ballet demonstration, choose a specific “performance focus” above or slightly to the right or left of the audition table and adjudicator
    • Do not use props or costumes
    • Be prepared to adjust the spacing of your solo to the performance space provided. You will have time in the audition room prior to the start of your audition to make any necessary adjustments.
    • If you are preparing a solo en pointe, please bring rosin and soft ballet shoes (as an alternative to your pointe shoes) in case the floor is not suitable to dancing en pointe.
    • Please bring all styles of dance shoes with you to the audition. Your adjudicator may ask to see an additional style or movement phrase.

Ballet Vocabulary and Technique

Your adjudicator will ask to see a demonstration of ballet vocabulary and technique. Exact combinations may vary, but here are examples of the combinations and terminology that are often utilized.

Grand Allegro (on the right and the left, from the diagonal)

Tombe, pas de bourree, glissade, assemble;
Tendu a la seconde, fourth position preparation, double pirouette en dehors, finish fourth croise derriere;
Pique arabesque, chasse, tour jete, finish efface derriere arabesque;
Sous-sus, saute arabesque, two saute de chat

Petite Allegro (starting center, right foot back in fifth position, repeat on the left)

Glissade, jete, glissade, jete, pas de chat, pas de chat, changement;
Glissade, jete, glissade, jete, pas de chat, pas de chat, changement;
Plie releve sous-sus, plie releve pase, double pirouette en dehors;
Plie releve sous-sus, plie releve pase, double pirouette en dehors.

Dance Requirements

Turns (on the right and left)

Double classical pirouette and jazz pirouette
X-Floor: Turns may include pique, tombe pique (lame duck), soutenu, chaines, etc.

Developpe: (demonstrated in profile - right and left)

Coupe, passé, developpe en croix with two grand plié in fifth position

Dress And Appearance

Women

Please dress in appropriate, form-fitting dance attire that shows the line of the body. Dance attire should allow for natural movement and not distract from your performance. Footies, soft jazz shoes, ballet shoes, character shoes or bare feet are permitted for the performance of your solo. Ballet shoes are required for the ballet portion of the audition. Please do not wear socks. Hair should be pulled back and away from the face. Makeup should include a light base, natural lips, light eye makeup, and simple blush; no heavy makeup, false eyelashes, or theatrical makeup. Please remove all jewelry before auditioning.

Men

Please dress in appropriate, form-fitting dance attire that shows the line of the body. Dance attire should allow for natural movement and not distract from your performance. Footies, soft jazz shoes, ballet shoes, character shoes or bare feet are permitted for the performance of your solo. Ballet shoes are required for the ballet portion of the audition. Please do not wear socks. Long hair or bangs should be pulled back and away from the face. No makeup is required. Please remove all jewelry before auditioning.

Additional Audition Materials

AMDA’s Dance Theatre programs are interdisciplinary. Dance Theatre applicants are encouraged to prepare a song or monologue in addition to their dance pieces. This will also allow dance theatre applicants to be considered for admission to other AMDA programs.

We highly suggest that all Dance Theatre applicants prepare ONE of the following

    • A 60-90 second monologue (contemporary). Monologues should be sourced from published plays.
    • 32 bars of a song from the musical theatre repertoire. Please bring sheet music in your key to your audition. AMDA will provide a professional accompanist for you.

More information on how to select a song

More information on how to select a monologue