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Certificate: The Dance Theatre Conservatory (Dance, Acting & Musical Theatre)

    Professional Certificate Program in Dance Theatre for Stage, Film and Television.

    • Offered on the New York Campus
    • Accelerated Option Allows for Degree Completion in 1.5 years
    • Access to a Variety of Workshop and Performance Opportunities
    • Culminates in an Original Showcase Production in New York City
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Program Description +

This four-semester professional program is based on the interwoven demands of dance and theatre, offering focused preparation for a career in theatrical dance performance. Building on a solid foundation of classical technique, training will continue to expand the dancer’s repertoire with a palette of disciplines relevant to today’s theatrical productions. Students grow to perform choreography with accuracy and interpretive passion within ensemble and solo contexts. In addition to dance technique courses, the Conservatory Certificate Program includes focused study in singing, musical theatre and acting. In the final semester, coursework is focused on industry and career preparation, including an original showcase production experience. Each showcase is crafted based on the unique and individual cast members assigned as a company. This specialized theatrical performance prepares dancers to enter the competitive performing arts industry with skill, confidence and a professional work ethic.

Program Learning Outcomes +

Students completing the Dance Theatre Certificate program should be able to:

    • Use and develop collaboration by pushing forward the boundaries of dance as a contemporary art form.
    • Develop a lifelong appreciation of the complexities of dance, choreographic craft and the aesthetic excellence in production.
    • Demonstrate technical and artistic proficiency through successful performance in a variety of theatrical productions.
    • Demonstrate sufficient development as an artist to be ready for professional employment in the field.

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Admission Requirements +

Please note that applying to AMDA is a multi-step process. Be sure to follow ALL 6 steps below to ensure the submission of a successful application.

  1. Submit Your Application +

    To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and/or in the final two years of high school/secondary education*.

    AMDA also accepts applications from CommonApp. If you have already applied through one of our partners, you do not need to apply again through our website.

    * If you are not yet 16, we would encourage you to consider attending the AMDA High School Conservatory.

  2. Complete Your AMDA Audition +

    Admission and scholarship consideration to AMDA require an audition. AMDA offers a robust calendar of auditions including regional auditions, campus auditions, live-online auditions and video submissions. Scheduling your audition will prompt a phone call with one of our enrollment specialists to help you prepare for a successful audition.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To better prepare for your AMDA audition, we strongly encourage ALL applicants to review the Audition Instructions page prior to scheduling an audition or submitting a video submission.
  3. Phone interview with Admissions +

    This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you, your educational background, and your interest in attending AMDA. We will be calling you, but if you would like to schedule an appointment for this interview, please email admissionsteam@amda.edu with the best day, time, and phone number to reach you.


    Towards the bottom of the application, space is provided for you to write a personal essay (500 words minimum) on the following topic: "Describe a challenging experience in your life and what you learned from it." Remember, this is an important part of your application, so answer thoughtfully!

    If you submitted your application but still need to submit your essay, click the button below.

  5. Submit One Letter of Recommendation +

    Please request and submit one letter of recommendation from teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors, coaches, or anyone familiar with your background and potential. Your recommendation letter must be written in English and signed and dated. To help with this process, please feel free to use AMDA's recommendation form by clicking the link below. Recommendation letters/forms may be submitted via email to docs@amda.edu or by mailing to the address on the form.

  6. Submit Your Academic Records (Transcripts) +

    Send an official transcript from your high school and (if applicable) college. Official transcripts from every educational institution that you listed in your application must be forwarded to AMDA. Please select one of the following options for submitting your official transcripts:
    1. If your high school or college uses the free service Parchment, please click below.

    2. If your high school or college does not use Parchment, please send the transcript request form to your guidance counselor/transcript office and request that they send your transcript(s) to AMDA using the address on the form.

    Important Note: The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for AMDA's programs is 2.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in other grading systems.

A woman and man on stage tap dancing
A single dancer on stage takes an artful leap
A dancer pops and glides into a dance move with a streetlamp in the background
Two ballet dancers in matching attire synchronize a forward split leap
A ballet instructor checks the form of her practicing students
A dancer in a flowing red outfit strikes a pose on one leg with her right arm outstretched skywards
Two dancers share a performance in front of a park bench as one archs backwards with the support of the other