July 14 - 27, 2013
Session Fee: $1,750
Application Deadline: Still accepting applications
Faculty Co-Directors: Robin Wilson, U-M and Corinne Imberski
Now in its 15th 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, including attendance at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, a campus tour, attendance at MPulse presentations, movies, and swimming. Class offerings and workshops include:
- Modern Dance
- Jazz/Hip Hop
- Dance in College
- Origins of Jazz Dance
- Injury Prevention
- Dance History
The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)
- Online Application
- Application Fee
- Audition Upload (see below)
Written Requirements - All Applicants (Upload)
- Resume: Upload a resume giving details of your training and/or
experience in music and dance.
- Photograph: Upload a color or black and white photograph
- Recommendation: Invite a current dance teacher to write a confidential letter of recommendation addressing your dance abilities and personal characteristic. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.
Performance Requirements - Audition live in Ann Arbor, OR upload a recorded audition.
Live Audition (Ann Arbor) - Saturday, February 23, 2013
- UM Dance Building, Studio A, 1310 N University Court, Ann Arbor (Central Campus)
- The audition will consist of a ninety-minute modern dance class. Dancers should wear footless tights and leotards for the audition. E-mail confirmation of your audition date will be sent as soon as all application materials are received and processed.
Recorded Audition (Upload) - The total recorded audition, personal statement and performance, should be no longer than 15 minutes.
- Personal Statement
- Announce your name, age, town, name of your dance studio, and names of your teachers.
- Talk briefly about your training and background in dance (current teachers, genres of dance you are currently studying or have studied, years of dance training in each genre).
- Performance - Upload the following:
- 5 minutes of warm-up exercise that displays your technical level in any technique – ballet, modern, jazz, or other.
- 5 minutes of your center work and phrases traveling across the floor.
- You can also include performance footage from a recital from the past year. If you are a member of an ensemble, please clearly indicate who you are in the performance (e.g. second from left in purple dress).
- All application/audition materials are due by February 15, 2013
- Late applications may be submitted, however priority will be given to all applications received by the application deadline
- Notifications for all applicants will be e-mailed on March 29, 2013
- No decisions will be given by phone
The General Information page includes many important items.
"The faculty really taught me how to move and how to explore dance on an entirely new level. I learned to expand my creativity out onto the floor and to transform any movement, no matter how mundane, into a dance."
"MPulse was an incredible experience. I met so many interesting, talented people and was able to work with excellent professors and artists. The classes were fun and challenging, and I've learned so much about every aspect of dance. It was such a great way to spend two weeks of my summer!"
(Ceci, 2012, OH)