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Summer Dance Intensive

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2015 Program Dates: July 12 - 31

Online application deadline: Monday, December 15, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST

The Summer Dance Intensive is a three-week program in classical ballet and modern dance for advanced students who are dedicated, disciplined, and dance with a generosity of spirit. The program is limited to dancers who are currently in high school/secondary school and who will not graduate before the program begins. Generally, this means that dancers in the program are aged 15-17 and have completed grade 9, 10, or 11. International students are welcome to apply. The program is designed to give young dancers a taste of what a Juilliard dance student's life is all about: refining technique and performance, broadening understanding of various dance styles, experiencing New York City, and making friends from all over the world. The program takes place at The Juilliard School in New York City, and optional on-campus housing is available.

Please note: Dancers MUST have significant prior training in ballet to attend this program. Pointe work is not required. Modern dance experience may be helpful, but is not required. At the start of the program, there will be a placement class for ballet, which will include pointe work for those women who are proficient.

A Typical Day at the Summer Dance Intensive

dancers in the summer dance program

The day begins in one of Juilliard's six large studios with a ballet technique class, pointe, or men's class, followed by classical partnering or modern. Women who are not on pointe may take an additional ballet or modern class in lieu of pointe. After lunch, dancers take two additional classes which vary by day and include yoga, music, improvisation technique, modern, and other dance workshops. In addition to the daily technique classes, every dancer participates in evening rehearsals of new choreography and repertoire to challenge and explore the dancers' talents. These pieces are shown on the final day in a performance that includes presentations from the music class.

Teachers include members of the Juilliard College Dance Division faculty as well as world-renowned guest artists.

Students may stay in the Meredith Willson Residence Hall, adjacent to the Juilliard School building, and eat in the Juilliard cafeteria, a full service dining room. Students living in the residence hall are supervised by a staff of live-in professionals.

There is also time to see New York City. On free evenings and weekends, the dancers can opt to attend many activities supervised by the residence hall hosts, including Broadway shows, walks in nearby Central Park, movies, and free outdoor performances at Lincoln Center.

Detailed information on the admissions process is available below. Questions may be directed to [email protected].

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ELIGIBILITY

We welcome applicants who are:

  • advanced dancers with significant prior training in classical ballet. Familiarity with classic modern dance techniques is also helpful.
  • in grade 9, 10, or 11 at the time of application (typically aged 15-17 at the time of the program). Dancers MUST have completed at least one year of high school/secondary school at the time of the program, but should not have graduated. Dancers who will graduate from high school prior to the start of the program are not eligible and may wish to consider applying to the 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts college program instead.
  • seriously considering dance as a career and major area of college study. The program is truly a dance intensive and although there are opportunities for socializing, dancers whose main interest in attending is for social purposes are discouraged from applying.

Please note that international students are welcome to apply and are eligible to apply for scholarship, if admitted, as outlined under the "Scholarships & Financial Aid" section.

ADMISSIONS

Enrollment in the Summer Dance Intensive is limited to 44 students who demonstrate the required skills, either via video or at a live audition. Applicants must choose to audition either via video OR at a live audition, not both.

The first step in the admissions process is to complete the online application. The deadline to submit the online application for either the video OR live audition is Monday, December 15, 2014. The application will become unavailable that evening after 11:59 p.m. EST (New York time).

- If the applicant selects "video audition" in the online application, the video must be uploaded per the instructions below by Monday, January 5, 2015.

- If the applicant selects "live audition" in the online application, they will be emailed within 72 business hours of application and payment submission with instructions on how to self-schedule an audition via an online system.

- Details on the audition process (both live & video) appear in the AUDITIONS section below.

Please note: Live auditions are available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis, and some auditions WILL fill to capacity before the application deadline. Therefore, if a dancer requires an audition in a particular city or on a particular date, it is recommended that the application be submitted well before the deadline.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  1. Submit the online application and $40 application fee no later than December 15, 2014.
  2. If submitting a video audition, do so no later than January 5, 2015. There is a $15 fee to submit a video audition via Acceptd.
  3. If planning to attend a live audition, be sure to schedule an audition via the instructions that will be provided in the audition scheduling email that follows application submission. There is no additional fee for live auditions.
  4. If you submit a video audition, or if you receive a callback at a live audition, have your primary ballet teacher submit a letter of recommendation by February 15, 2015. Please see below for more information.

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSIONS RESULTS

Final admissions decisions will be emailed once all of the live auditions are complete and the video auditions are reviewed by the faculty. Applicants who are not invited to stay for the modern dance portion of the live audition may reasonably conclude that they are no longer under consideration for admission.

Approximately 44 dancers will be offered admission to the program, and a waiting list of approximately 10-15 dancers will be established. All applicants will receive notification of their final admission status via email no later than February 28. Each applicant may audition one time per year.

AUDITIONS

Please choose one audition method, either video or in-person, as outlined below. All auditions are given equal consideration for admission.

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should review their video for clarity before submitting. Video auditions may be submitted online at www.app.getacceptd.com/juilliard. There is a $15 fee to submit a video audition, payable with a credit card in the Acceptd system.  Video auditions are due by January 5, 2015.

Please record each of the following three sections separately:

1. Introductory Section
A brief close-up shot of the dancer (face or ½ body), in which the dancer clearly states his or her name, age, and a brief history of previous dance training.

2. Technique Section (to musical accompaniment)
- Grand Adagio with développés in each position, promenades, and pirouettes;
- Petit Allegro, including jumps on two feet, jetés, temps levés, assemblés, and beats;
- Grand Allegro including grand jetés and tour jetés, and either balancés or waltzes.
- Men, please include simple tour en l’air.

3. Performance Section
A prepared solo; the solo may be original choreography or from standard repertory. It should demonstrate the dancer’s artistic qualities and flow of movement. The solo may be ballet or modern. You may include a second solo in the other style if you wish.

A Note About Pointe Work
Please note, pointe work is NOT required as part of the video audition. However, women are welcome to do the technique and/or the performance section en pointe if they so choose.

Clothing Requirement 
The dancer must be in a unitard or tights and tight fitting top or leotard that clearly enables the viewer to observe the dancer’s technique. No skirts, no loose fitting tee-shirts, no leg warmers, and no costumes. It is recommended that care be taken to wear colors that will stand out clearly from the background.

IN-PERSON AUDITION

Audition locations and dates for 2015 are:

The audition will consist of a ballet class, followed by a callback consisting of a modern class, and will take approximately two hours to complete. Please note: the faculty will only invite those students whom they are seriously considering for admission to return for the modern portion of the audition. Any dancer who does not appear to have adequate dance training may be asked to leave for his or her own safety, as well as the safety of other dancers at the audition. There is no pointe work in the audition. All details, including the exact location of the audition, will be available when registering for the audition (after the application has been submitted). Once The Juilliard School receives the submitted application (including the application fee), the applicant will be e-mailed within 72 business hours with instructions on how to self-schedule an audition via an online system. Auditions may not be scheduled until the completed application and application fee are received by The Juilliard School. Auditions are available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis, and some auditions may fill to capacity before the application deadline. Therefore, if an applicant requires an audition in a particular city or on a particular date, it is recommended that the application be submitted well before the deadline. Should your first choice audition date become full, please select another date or audition by video.

Please note: A prepared solo is NOT required at the live auditions for the Summer Dance Intensive.

Required dress for the audition is black leotard, pink tights, and flat ballet shoes for women, and white t-shirt, black tights, white socks, and ballet shoes for men. Pointe shoes are not needed. For the modern dance section, candidates must be barefoot.

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION and PHOTOGRAPH

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION (VIDEO AUDITION AND CALLED BACK APPLICANTS ONLY)

Applicants who submit a video audition, or who are called back at a live audition, must submit a letter of recommendation from a primary ballet teacher by February 15. Applicants participating in the live audition should not submit a letter until after the audition date. The letter should address the dancer’s dedication, openness to corrections, clear technique, performance skills and citizenship both in and out of the classroom.

To register a teacher as a recommender, log into your online application. Click on the "Recommendations" section (this portion of the application is available even after submission). In the "Recommendations" section, you can add, delete, or send a reminder to a recommender. After registering your teacher's name and email address in this section, the application system will send an automatic e-mail to your teacher which provides instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation online. Additionally, you can track whether the letter has been submitted in the online application. As an alternative, teachers may email their letter of recommendation directly to [email protected]. Letters MUST be submitted/sent directly by the teacher. Photocopies, scans, and forwarded e-mails submitted by the applicant will NOT be accepted.

PHOTOGRAPH AFTER CALLBACK (OPTIONAL)

Applicants who are called back at a live audition may submit a photograph if they wish. The preferred position for the optional photograph is tendu in second position with arms raised to second position. The photograph is not used for pre-screening purposes. After all auditions are completed and all videos are reviewed, the photograph is used in admissions committee meetings to help identify dancers who are being discussed for possible admission. If submitting a photograph, please do so AFTER the live audition and no later than February 15. Photographs can be emailed to [email protected]. It is not necessary for applicants who submit a video audition to submit a photograph.

TUITION, FEES, & FINANCIAL AID

Tuition & Fees for 2015:

- Application Fee: $40

- Video Audition Submission Fee: $15 (there is no fee for live auditions)

- Tuition: TBD ($1,435 in 2014)

- Room and Board On-Campus (optional): TBD ($1,195 in 2014)

Students who take part in weekend activities will need additional spending money.

Some financial aid is available for admitted students. Once admitted to the intensive, if a student wishes to apply for financial assistance, they are invited to submit a letter explaining their financial situation along with their parent or guardian’s 2014 tax forms. International and U.S. students are eligible apply for financial aid. Financial aid awards are based on both need and merit.

Please note that most scholarship awards cover only a portion of tuition. In cases of extreme need, full tuition may be awarded but room and board are generally not covered by scholarship awards.