Faculty Director: Robin Wilson
Co-director: Jillian Hopper
July 17 - 30, 2016
Applications accepted on a rolling basis while space remains.
Now in its 18th year, Dance Institute was established to assist young dancers in their pursuit of a comprehensive dance education. Dancers will be introduced to the U-M Department of Dance, one of the top pre-professional training programs in the country. The program is set on the U-M Ann Arbor campus where dancers gain an excellent pre-college dance experience in a lively university setting.
The intensive dance training program provides an immersion in a diverse range of dance styles with dynamic dance professionals. Daily classes are offered in a variety of dance techniques that emphasize both performance and the creative aspects of dance. The Institute culminates in an informal dance performance featuring student composition studies and faculty works set on institute participants.
Rounding out the daily dance classes and workshops, there are evening and weekend educational and recreational activities. Class offerings and workshops include:
The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)
Audition in-person in Ann Arbor, OR upload a recorded audition.
If not attending an in-person audition, submit five short videos following these specifications and as demonstrated in the instructional video (link coming soon).
Introductory Section (upload one 15 to 30 second video)
Exercise 1: Ballet (upload video - 1 minute maximum)
Choose ONE of the ballet combinations (traveling tendu with pirouette, adagio, or petit and grand allegro) as demonstrated in the video. Show ONE side only.
Exercise 2: Modern (upload video - 1 minute maximum)
Choose ONE of the traveling combinations as demonstrated in the video. Show ONE side only.
Exercise 3: Choice (upload video - 1 minute maximum)
Choose EITHER one additional ballet OR one modern combination of your choice.
Solo (upload ONE 1-minute video)
Perform a contemporary solo, either during a recital or from material from a recital; do NOT perform a ballet or pointe work solo.
Video Preparation suggestions
Priority deadline for all application/digital audition materials is February 12, 2016. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 28, 2016.
Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Late applicants may not have the option to audition in-person. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.
Decisions will not be given by phone.
Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.
Please visit our Media Gallery for a video from the Dance Institute.
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