Scholarship Live Auditions

leadership scholarship live AUDITION dates

For students that wish to attend a live Leadership Scholarship Audition, there are opportunities listed below! Live auditions are formatted to include a masterclass followed by an audition. Students are encouraged to attend both the class and audition.

COLUMBUS, OH: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018
Masterclass: 1:00-2:30pm
Audition: 2:30-3:30pm
Ohio State University Department of Dance
Sullivant Hall 390
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DURHAM, NC: SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
Masterclass: 4:00-5:30pm
Audition: 5:30-6:30pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
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BIRMINGHAM, AL: FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019
Time: 1:00-7:00pm
Event: Alabama Dance Festival (only open to registered festival participants)
Please note: There is a separate ADF masterclass at this Festival on Saturday, January 26th.

DURHAM, NC: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019
Masterclass: 4:00-5:30pm
Audition: 5:30-6:30pm
Address: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, Studio A, 721 Broad Street,
 Durham, NC 27705 (2nd Floor)
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Live Audition DETAILS

Check-in: Arrive early! Check-in will usually begin approximately 30 minutes before the class or audition. At check-in, students will need to fill out an online application if not previously completed (using their own smartphone, tablet, or laptop; limited tablets will be available), complete a liability waiver,  and obtain an audition number.

The Audition:
Class: Depending on the format, there is either a full 90-minute masterclass or the audition begins with a short, 15 to 30-minute class based in a contemporary movement form. We encourage you to attend the masterclass if there is one as usually the ending class phrase is the first part of the audition. Please come to the class or audition warmed up and ready to begin dancing fully.

Sharing of your area of expertise: Each dancer will have 1.5 minutes to present their area of expertise.  Suggestions of what to present based on area of expertise are below.

  • Performance: An excerpt of a piece you have performed, a class phrase that you know well, an improvisatory score or physical practice that highlights your skill as a performer and dancer. 
  • Choreography: An excerpt of a solo that you have created and can perform.
  • Improvisation: Any improvisational structure based on the values of the dance tradition you are working with.
  • Community practice: A presentation using dancing, speaking, and/or video to share the ways you have created community-based dance programs or events.
  • Dance scholarship: A reading of an excerpt of a paper you have written, or a discussion and embodiment of the way you are investigating specific ideas through physical research.

If you are attending a live audition, be sure that you can present your area of expertise in a live context. Depending on your content, it might be more beneficial to submit an online portfolio. Please come prepared to the audition with music and any other materials loaded on your computer, phone, or tablet. A stereo with an mp3 hookup will be provided. Ensure that you do not need WiFi in order to access these materials, as we cannot guarantee that you will have WiFi access.  A musician will also be available to play with you.  

Discussing leadership: We will engage in a conversation about leadership. Come prepared to discuss what you believe to be the biggest challenge we face as dance artists working in today’s world, as well as your ideas about how you embody responsible leadership/what responsible leadership looks like in dance practice. 

Find out about ADF: Following the formal audition, we’ll talk about the ADF School. You’ll have time to ask questions and find out more details about the Summer Dance Intensive and scholarship opportunities.

how to apply

We encourage you to apply before the audition with the steps below.

  1. Complete your online application for the Summer Dance Intensive and pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Once accepted, indicate your interest in applying for a leadership scholarship in your online application and upload a copy of your parents’ most recent Tax Form 1040 (first page only).
  3. Within the application, you will specify which live audition you are attending/have attended, indicate what your area of specialization is, and consider your interest in the special Mark Dendy opportunity.