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Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance Audition Information and Schedule

Audition appointments should be made by January 9, by calling the department at 413-585-3232.

The audition consists of a ballet and contemporary technique class followed by a short directed improvisation. After the class each applicant will present a 3–5 minute solo choreographed by the applicant, a faculty interview, tours of the campus, and a lunch meeting with current graduate students. Applicants are invited to attend an evening performance of the second year MFA thesis concert. Applicants may also request a complimentary ticket for the concert the night before the audition (Thursday, February 9) at the Mendenhall Performing Arts Center. If you choose to attend the performance please indicate which night when you call to schedule your audition appointment.

Audition Schedule: Friday, February 10, 2017

8 a.m. Scott Dance Studio available for warm up (located in the Scott Gymnasium complex behind the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts, 122 Green Street, Northampton)
8:30-10 a.m. Ballet, contemporary and improvisation class
10 a.m.-noon Candidates' Choreographic Showings
Noon-2 p.m. Information session in the Green Room, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. Lunch provided.
2-6 p.m. Panel interviews; brief tour of the performing arts facilities: Crew House Studio, Josten Library, theatres, Berenson Studios
6 p.m. Candidates are free to explore downtown Northampton
8 p.m. Candidates are invited to attend the MFA Thesis Dance Concert in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Performing Arts Center

If coming to Smith is impossible, the applicant should send a DVD or Vimeo link of his or her performance and choreography. The DVD should include very clear accompanying information. Please note: Audition in person is strongly preferable to DVD. Applicants who do not audition in person are typically not eligible for teaching fellowships, tuition waivers and stipends in their first year.

Visitors have the option, when possible, of lodging with a current graduate student.