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Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance - admission requirements

Steps to apply

New students begin with Step 1.  Current ASU students begin with Step 2.

1. Apply to ASU 

When you apply to Arizona State University, you will be asked to indicate your intended major. Please select dance or dance education.

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2. Submit the Dance Application

***The application for 2023 admission will become available in August 2022.***

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** You must complete Step 1 and submit the ASU undergraduate admissions application before you begin the dance application. You do not need to be admitted through ASU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submission. Full admittance to ASU is required before an applicant is eligible to enroll as a BFA Dance Major. **

Prepare the following materials for submission in your dance application: 

  • Essay Prompt: The dance program revolves around the notion of fostering and nurturing creativity. This central principle informs all areas of practice and is supported by a core set of values - humanity, leadership, reflection and context.
    • Complete a 250-word essay answering the questions below. The essay should be written in a word processing program that allows you to grammar and spell check your work and should be uploaded into your dance application as a PDF document. 
      • First-time dance applicants: Describe why the core values listed above are important to dance and how you hope to develop as a student at ASU. Tell us in detail what your focus or speciality is in dance and how you wish to use the ASU dance program to continue your education?
      • Re-applying applicants: Describe what you have done to develop yourself and your movement or creative practice since your last application (identify workshops attended, ASU classes, master classes, key experiences etc.) and address the core values of the program as listed above.
  • Resume: Provide any training and related experience such as: genres or types of dance, cultural and social dance, number of years, names of schools, studios, workshops, master classes, intensives, community and participatory engaged practices,etc.  Also include cyphers, battles, theory courses, choreography, and production experience, such as DJ and mixing, costume, lighting, sound, technology, etc.
  • Letters of recommendation: Provide and verify contact information for 3 references in your dance application. At least two letters of recommendation (1 technique, 1 academic) are required from an instructor or someone with whom you have had professional or artistic interaction. Your recommenders will be contacted to submit their recommendation within our system. Do not submit letters on your own behalf. Letters of recommendation must be written on official organization, school or company letterhead.
  • Recorded Dance Solo or Duo: Upload a YouTube or Vimeo link of a dance solo or duo for partnership or social dance genres. Submissions may be in any genre, can be filmed anywhere, inside or outside, and should be no more than 1-2 minutes in length.
  • Supplemental Materials (optional): You may also include supplemental materials such as audio recordings, video recordings, jpegs of artwork or writings as two additional uploads.The link should be submitted directly in your application. 
  • Dance Admissions Festival Liability Waiver form: All participants must complete and sign the ASU Release, Indemnity and Assumption of Risk form via the DocuSign links in the dance application. Minors under age 18 must provide the email address of the parent or guardian who will be contacted to obtain their signed approval. 

3. Attend the Dance Admissions Festival Day

 Attendance at a Saturday Dance Admissions Festival day is required for admission into the BFA in Dance or Dance Education programs. If you are unable to attend one of the Saturday sessions, a virtual Zoom option may be available to you. Contact mdtadmissions@asu.edu for assistance or further questions.

Dance Admissions Festival Days for 2023 admission: exact dates yet to be determined

    • Spring 2023 (Jan. start) Admission Festival Days:  November  2022
      • Thursday, (optional class experiences)
      • Friday, (optional class experiences)
      • Saturday, (required) | 8:30am-1:30pm
    • Fall 2023 (Aug. start) Admission Festival Days:  February  2023
      • Thursday, (optional class experiences)
      • Friday, (optional class experiences)
      • Saturday, (required) | 8:30am-1:30pm

  • Thursdays and Fridays (optional): Experience a Majors Level class In-person or Virtually: Choose from a menu of classes on Thursday and Friday after receiving a confirmation email from MDTAdmissions@asu.edu. Classes may include Contemporary Ballet, Somatic Practices, Afro-Latin Movement Practices, Creative Practices, Hip-Hop, Postmodern Contemporary, Dancing Histories, improvisation, choreographic prompts, social and partnering, collaborative work, and discussion. There is no need to prepare anything for these classes; applicants should come prepared ready to engage in classes. 
  • Saturdays (required):  The day will include:
    • Introductions and Community Engagement: This is an interactive event where you will meet the director, dance faculty. Be prepared to introduce yourself and engage in movement.
    • Current Student Performances and Q+A session
    • Dance Facilities Tour
    • Meet with faculty: This social event is best approached as a conversation. This is an opportunity for the dance faculty to learn more about your interests, goals, and questions.
    • Let's Dance: a fun community dance event for all participants to show off your special moves!  
    • Attend dance events (optional):  Add a performance event to your experience! During the Dance Admissions Festival Days, you are encouraged to attend our current dance productions and see students on stage at one of our many venues. 

  • Dress Code: Dress comfortably for Dance Admissions Festival days. 

4. Scholarship Application

Applicants are automatically considered for a dance scholarship. There is no separate application from the dance application. Scholarship decisions are sent with the decision letter. 

5. Final Decisions Sent

Decision letters will be sent to your email as listed on your dance application. Letters for spring admission (January start) will be sent in mid-November. Letters for fall admission (August start) will be sent in mid-March.