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Auditions Dance MFA

 

Individual auditions arranged by invitation pending availability 

 

Auditions are required for admission to the MFA Dance Program.
Individual auditions arranged by invitation pending availability 

Online application and audition registration form must be received prior to auditioning.

Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified students with prior teaching experience.
An on-campus teaching audition and interview will be scheduled for select applicants.
Additional application materials are required.

 

PLEASE NOTE – Admissions to the MFA Dance is a two-part process:

  1. You will also need to fill out an online application to the university.
    Application information can be found here: Graduate Admissions
  2. Register and attend an audition – or submit digital audition materials (see below).

What to expect:

MFA Sample Audition Schedule

Applicants will participate in a two day on-campus audition including performance of the applicant’s original choreography (3 minutes), technique class in Modern, Ballet, and Improvisation (expertise in all forms is not required), an in-person writing sample, and a faculty interview.

Applicants will have the opportunity to meet faculty, observe classes, meet with the Graduate Program Assistant to discuss admissions and financial aid, and tour Theatre & Dance facilities and the University at Buffalo campus.

International students may submit a video audition and participate in a phone or internet-facilitated interview. A faculty panel will evaluate application materials. Contact the Academic Manager for more information on international applications

 

How to register:

To register for the MFA Audition please start by filling out an MFA Audition Registration Form.

Once you have registered for the audition, please submit the following materials through the online application system:

  1. Current CV or resume;
  2. Digital work samples of original choreography (no more than 10 minutes);
  3. Personal Statement (1-2 page statement outlining your professional goals and research interests)
  4. 2-3 page sample of academic writing (which can be an essay written expressly for the application or a copy of a previously written academic paper);
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with applicants creative work as a performer, choreographer or student;
  6. Copy of transcripts (undergraduate and any completed graduate work)
  7. Official transcripts will be required if the applicant is admitted to program.

Note: GRE scores are not required for MFA applicants.

For questions about the program, please contact:

Anne Burnidge, Director of Graduate Studies
burnidge@buffalo.edu
716-645-0583

 

Teaching Assistantship Auditions

Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified students with prior teaching experience. Please submit additional materials as listed on the online application. An on-campus teaching audition and interview will be scheduled for select applicants. Priority will be given to those who attend the UB campus auditions and who submit their completed application by the priority deadline.

If you have questions or difficulty uploading your materials, please contact:

Rachel M. Olszewski, Graduate Staff Assistant
Rachelol@buffalo.edu, 716.645.6076
 
 
Video Auditions: 

In person auditions are recommended; however, if you are an international applicant or are not able to attend live auditions, please submit the following additional materials to Rachel Olszewski, rachelol@buffalo.edu. If selected, a Skype interview will be arranged.

  • Video Link: 3 minute solo of original choreography with description
  • Video Link: Video of you taking a dance class (Modern and Ballet preferred)
  • Video Link: Video of you teaching class of any genre – adults preferred (Teaching Assistant Applicants only)