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MT Programs with lighter dance requirements

rickle1rickle1 2086 replies18 threads Senior Member
D (junior) is an accomplished singer / actor. Is behind in dancing. She is currently taking classes but it is clearly her weak spot. Her dance coach recently told her the goal is to get to be "efficient" before auditions, meaning she doesn't have to be great, but just show she's capable. With that as a backdrop, what programs place less value, at least in the audition process, on dance?
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  • HappyDancer98HappyDancer98 389 replies1 threads Member
    Honestly, many, many programs accept students who are not strong dancers, or who really can't dance at all. They need all types so I wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about this. Instead, follow the dance coach's advice, work hard at prep, cast a wide net in terms of schools, and let the chips fall. Best of luck!
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1909 replies13 threads Senior Member
    @rickle1 if you follow the thread on dance-heavy MT programs you will figure out the (short) list your D probably doesn't want to apply to! As mentioned above, many programs admit all levels of dancers. CMU took dance out of their auditions entirely. Don't sweat too much over what she can't do, have her work on polishing the disciplines in which she shines and her basic dance prep will be fine.
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  • rickle1rickle1 2086 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Thanks for the advice. She's freaking out because of lower dance skills relative to singing / acting and her peers, Hard to reason with a 17 yr old thespian!
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  • MomofMTBoyMomofMTBoy 186 replies2 threads Junior Member
    My son is a singer first and actually looked at Rider, Point Park and BoCo because dance is his weak area. He was a surprise acceptance at 2 of these 3 "dance heavy" schools. My impression is that a mover will have an easy time at many school dance auditions and that at "dance heavy" schools if your kid is a great singer, decent actor, and a mover he or she stands a chance. Just breathe and tell her to smile and do her best. The really intense dance calls are horrid for movers. But smiling, confidence, ability to move, and effort go a long way.
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  • rickle1rickle1 2086 replies18 threads Senior Member
    She's at ballet class right now, working on getting "efficient". Doesn't like it but she'll enjoy the rest of her Saturday :-*
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  • NYKarenNYKaren 194 replies0 threads Junior Member
    My son is worried about dance as well. He's been taking tap and modern for 2 years but having a hard time with ballet. We are just going to "go for it" and letting the chips fall!
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  • gingersnap97gingersnap97 230 replies2 threads Junior Member
    My D had limited dance training, but was a good mover and clearly had potential. It definitely hurt her in some places and was not a factor at all in others. She is a senior at Hartt and they definitely accept students with limited dance who they think have potential to improve. My D has improved IMMENSELY in dance, especially tap. She has also worked her tooshie off to get better.
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  • loribelleloribelle 388 replies9 threads Member
    Any school that does not require a dance call as part of their audition process is a good option to consider: Northern Colorado, Arizona State, Univ of Oklahoma, Molloy/CAP 21 and University of Utah did not have a dance call last year.
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  • speezagmomspeezagmom 379 replies1 threads Member
    LIU- Post also did not have a dance call, and asked for the song to be acapella. I think U of OK actually has a dance call at their call-back. At unifieds, they had live pre-screens which didn't have a dance call, but if you made it through, you had to do an on campus audition which I think had a dance call.
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  • loribelleloribelle 388 replies9 threads Member
    I believe you are correct about U of OK but when we visited and spoke with the department there they did put all freshman together in beginning dance classes...so possibly not weighted as heavily in the dance portion for admission requirements. I do remember that their form did ask about dance experience though.
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  • beachymombeachymom 239 replies44 threads Junior Member
    This was definitely an issue for my S last year. Lack of dance skills did hurt him for certain callbacks, but not for the majority on his list. If your child - has a high talent in acting and singing, has a good audition package, has a solid performance in the audition room, and has a balanced list - they should net choices. And that is regardless of dance deficiency, as long as they can move to a degree. Capitalize on her strengths!
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  • NYKarenNYKaren 194 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @beachymom, can I ask where your son ended up and what schools you felt did not put as much emphasis on his dance? I have a DS auditioning this year and dance is our one worry. Thanks!
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  • beachymombeachymom 239 replies44 threads Junior Member
    Hey @NYKaren ! This was a big topic of discussion on another MT forum just the other day! I fully remember and understand the angst of the process, especially when you realize the national level of talent, and the huge number of the kids that are already well-versed in all 3 disciplines. I promise that you'll get through it, though. And that there will be great moments along the way. :) My son had good results, auditioning at approximately 15 programs and getting into 10 (Shenandoah, Wright St, BW, Coastal, Montclair, Arizona, Missouri St and CMU). He's a freshman at Carnegie and loves it! Feel free to shoot me questions in PM if need be. Break all the legs!
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  • CaMom13CaMom13 1909 replies13 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2018
    NYU has a dance call as part of their audition but I would be surprised to hear that portion of the audition excludes anyone from admission because they have built in leveling to the dance curriculum. They start the non-dancers with a "Dance Fundamentals" class freshman year and the freshmen with more dance background are placed in Ballet 1 / 2 / etc..
    edited September 2018
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  • loribelleloribelle 388 replies9 threads Member
    I’m just going to say that you can’t compare a male to a female in this process, especially if dance seems to be a strong focus in the program.
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  • lithpoollithpool 414 replies14 threads Member
    @beachymom Congrats to your son with so many acceptances, and for his decision of CMU! Thank you for staying online & helping the new class through this process! Glad to hear about the schools on your son's list re: dance. My son is a mover, and the majority of the schools you noted are on his list too! With CMU as his big reach school....fingers crossed! Did your son audition on campus or unifieds? And do you know if CMU is one of the schools that really prefers on campus auditions? With so many schools on the list, and limited on campus audition dates, many of which coincide, we are having a tough time trying to schedule on campus dates.
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  • beachymombeachymom 239 replies44 threads Junior Member
    @lithpool - My S did the majority of his auditions (plus a few live prescreens) at Moonifieds. He did 3 on-campus auditions that were within driving distance of our area (UNC, FSU and Coastal). In Chicago, he did callbacks for 3 schools, including CMU. If you guys have any other questions, please feel free to shoot me a PM. :)
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  • lithpoollithpool 414 replies14 threads Member
    @beachymom Thank you! S is under the impression that we HAVE to do the CMU audition on campus, but we're having a hard time trying to fit it in to the schedule. Once we actually get to scheduling it, of course! (And that's assuming he passes the prescreen, of course!) If he does, I'm sure I'll be reaching out. Thank you again!
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  • beachymombeachymom 239 replies44 threads Junior Member
    @lithpool - In my son's freshman class, one of the other kids (redirected from MT to Acting, but still training in voice and loving CMU) was in his callback group in Chicago. So on-campus vs off-campus does not matter!
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  • vvnstarvvnstar 1715 replies22 threads Senior Member
    @lithpool I understand if your son prefers to audition for CMU on campus. But if it doesn't work with your schedule, please assure him they do extend offers from Unifieds. We know at least 5 students over the last several years who auditioned for them at Unifieds and received an offer. You have an equally good chance of getting an offer no matter where you decide to audition I think this is true of any of the schools that attend Unifieds. It is too much of an investment of time and money on the school's part to participate in Unifieds to not be serious about finding prospective students while there. Our D actually preferred the Unified auditions to the on campus auditions because she could focus fully on her auditions and not worry bout campus tours and other things draining her energy and focus. But that's just her. I know there are some students who do not like how busy the environment is at Unifieds. So definitely choose what works best for your student. But be assured it does not matter to the school where you choose to audition.
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