Last year, participants in Dancewave's college audition were offered $3.4 million in scholarships. Photo by Linneah Anders, Courtesy Dancewave

These College Auditions Shelled Out Millions in Scholarships Last Year

Dancing in college is undoubtedly expensive, but these two events allow you to audition for scholarships from multiple programs at once.


Dancewave's Dancing Through College & Beyond

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This fair's scholarship auditions give high school seniors exposure to college reps from across the country. In 2017, 65 percent of the participants were offered merit scholarships totaling $3.4 million. This year's expanded audition offerings, held at Hunter College in New York City, will accommodate up to 150 dancers. Participating schools include heavy hitters like Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New York University, The Juilliard School, University of Southern California and many more. October 13–14, 2018. For more information, visit dancewave.org/dtcb.

NYCDA Foundation College Scholarship Program

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As part of its NYC summer workshop, attendees who have just completed their junior or senior years of high school are eligible to participate in a day of college auditions. After evaluating dancers through ballet and contemporary classes, partner colleges and universities award four-year scholarships to select dancers. This year's awarding institutions included Point Park University, Southern Methodist University and The Hartt School. July 1, 2019. For more information, visit nycdance.com.

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AMDA's 4 Tips for Acing Your Next Audition

Ah, audition day. The flurry of new choreography, the long lines of dancers, the wait for callbacks. It's an environment dancers know well, but it can also come with great stress. Learning how to be best prepared for the big day is often the key to staying calm and performing to your fullest potential (and then some).

This concept is the throughline of the curriculum at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where dance students spend all four years honing their audition skills.

"You're always auditioning," says Santana Trujillo, AMDA's dance outreach manager and a graduate of its BFA program. On campus in Los Angeles and New York City, students have access to dozens of audition opportunities every semester.

For advice on how dancers can put their best foot forward at professional auditions, Dance Magazine recently spoke with Trujillo, as well as AMDA faculty members Michelle Elkin and Genevieve Carson. Catch the whole conversation below, and read on for highlights.

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