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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 +

The Dance Theatre Certificate Program is based upon the interwoven demands of Dance and Theatre, offering focused preparation for a career in theatrical dance performance. Building upon 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 term, 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:

    • Create compelling performance arcs demonstrating physical, vocal, and emotional specificity.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency in ballet, jazz, modern, and a variety of movement styles and disciplines.
    • Memorize and reproduce extended sequences of theatrical movement with respect to space, time, motion, and energy.
    • Stand and move utilizing an aligned spine, free of unintended physical tension and mannerisms.
    • Develop and apply safe physical practices and holistic self-care.
    • Apply critical and interpretive analysis related to theatre, film, performance, and choreography.
    • Demonstrate ability to positively and effectively apply adjustments as directed.
    • Apply standard entertainment industry business practices regarding preparation, communication, and professionalism.
    • Engage in a collaborative production process.

Curriculum +

  1. Sample Curriculum

    Year One Sample Curriculum

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    First Term

    DT1200 Acting I: Foundations
    6.0 90.0
    DT1400 Voice Production and Speech I
    2.0 30.0
    DT1500 Dance I: Theatre Dance
    2.0 30.0
    DT1510 Dance I: Tap
    4.0 60.0
    DT1520 Dance I: Jazz
    2.0 30.0
    DT1541 CORE: Modern Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT1542 CORE: Modern Improvisation & Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT1543 CORE: Ballet Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT1544 CORE: Pas de Deux
    2.5 37.5
    DT1546 CORE: Women’s Ballet
    2.5 37.5
    DT1547 CORE: Men’s Ballet
    2.5 37.5
    DT1550 Dance History & Application I
    2.5 37.5
    DT1690 Vocal Performance: Beginning Technique
    2.0 30.0
    Total Clock Hours465.0
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    Second Term

    DT2300 Musical Theatre I: Techniques
    4.0 60.0
    DT2200 Acting II: Scene Study
    3.0 45.0
    DT2500 Dance II: Theatre Dance
    2.0 30.0
    DT2510 Dance II: Tap
    2.0 30.0
    DT2520 Dance II: Jazz
    2.0 30.0
    DT2530 Theatrical Gymnastics I
    2.0 30.0
    DT2541 CORE: Modern Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT2542 CORE: Modern Improvisation & Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT2543 CORE: Ballet Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT2544 CORE: Pas de Deux
    2.5 37.5
    DT2545 CORE: Variations
    2.5 37.5
    DT2546 CORE: Women’s Ballet
    2.5 37.5
    DT2547 CORE: Men’s Ballet
    2.5 37.5
    DT2550 Dance History and Application II
    2.5 37.5
    DT2600 Individual Voice I*
    0.5 12.5
    Total Clock Hours462.5
    Total First Year Clock Hours927.5

    Year Two Sample Curriculum

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    Third Term

    DT3300 Musical Theatre II: Performance Styles
    6.5 97.5
    DT3500 Dance III: Theatre Dance
    2.0 30.0
    DT3510 Dance III: Tap
    2.0 30.0
    DT3520 Dance III: Jazz
    2.0 30.0
    2.0 30.0
    DT3530 Theatrical Gymnastics II
    DT3400 Voice Production and Speech II
    DT3541 CORE: Modern Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT3542 CORE: Modern Improvisation & Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT3543 CORE: Ballet Technique
    2.5 37.5
    DT3544 CORE: Pas de Deux
    2.5 37.5
    DT3545 CORE: Variations
    DT3546 CORE: Women’s Ballet
    2.5 37.5
    DT3547 CORE: Men’s Ballet
    DT3550 Dance History and Application III
    2.5 37.5
    DT3600 Individual Voice II*
    0.5 12.5
    Total Clock Hours455.0
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    Fourth Term

    DT4100 Dance Theatre Showcase**
    27.5 hrs / 5 weeks 145.0
    DT4200 Student Choreography Workshop**
    6 hrs / 6 weeks 43.5
    DT4201 Acting III: Skill and Technique
    2hrs / 5 weeks 10.0
    DT4262 Cold Readings
    2 hrs / 4 weeks 8.0
    DT4266 Monolouges for Auditions***
    4 hrs / 4 weeks 19.0
    DT4310 Musical Theatre Preparation for Auditions***
    4 hrs / 9 weeks 39.0
    DT4320 Music Literacy
    2 hrs / 9 weeks 18.0
    DT4400 Intermediate Voice Production and Speech
    2 hrs / 8 weeks 16.0
    DT4510 Dance IV: Tap***
    2 hrs / 8 weeks 16.0
    DT4541 CORE: Modern Technique
    2 hrs / 10 weeks 20.0
    DT4542 CORE: Modern Improvisation & Technique
    2hrs / 10 weeks 20.0
    DT4543 CORE: Ballet Technique
    2 hrs / 10 weeks 20.0
    DT4544 Dance IV: Combinations****
    2 hrs / 4 weeks 11.0
    DT4545 CORE: Variations
    2 hrs / 10 weeks 20.0
    DT4548 CORE: Ballet Leaps and Turns
    2 hrs / 10 weeks 20.0
    DT4600 Individual Voice III*
    0.5 12.5
    DT4700 Career Preperation
    5 hrs / 2 weeks 10.0
    DT4710 Audition Preperation Seminar
    2 hrs / 1 week 2.0
    Total Clock Hours464.0
    Total Second Year Clock Hours919.0
    Total Program Clock Hours1846.5

    *Individual Voice classes are shown as regular weekly hours. Calculations include one Saturday Master Class equaling 4 additional hours plus 1 hour voice demonstration.
    **Showcase/Workshop hours per week are shown as regular hours. Calculations include Prod. Week and Saturday Tech. Rehearsals equaling 7.5 additional hours.
    ***Class hours shown per week are shown as regular hours. Calculations include Panel Week and/or Final Demonstrations that add additional hours.

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 and Royall VIP. 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 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!

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  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 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