If you’ve decided that the School of Dance is the right fit for you and your future, we’re glad to be your choice. Whether you’re seeking to join our Undergraduate or Masters programs, the next step is to Apply for Admission. Your journey starts here.


Undergraduate

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Full admission to the School of Dance is a two-step process involving a successful live dance audition, as well as acceptance into the University by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Acceptance to the University prior to your dance audition is not a requirement, though you are strongly encouraged to submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to your audition. You can contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information at (336) 334-5243 or visit their website at admissions.uncg.edu.

Ready to begin the process? First, start your application for undergraduate admission to UNCG through SpartanLink.

Apply through SpartanLink

Step 2: Apply for an audition

The School of Dance holds auditions once per semester, usually around the end of October and the end of March. Auditions are limited to 50 applicants, and may close early.

Acceptance to the Dance program is contingent on admission to the University. Your space will not be held if you are not admitted to the University. To register for the audition, a completed audition request form is required for entry. This form must be submitted to the School by the request form deadline, typically a week before the scheduled audition date. International students should contact the Dance office at dance@uncg.edu for instructions on how to apply for and complete an audition.

Auditions are not required for the Dance Minor.

Once your request is processed, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail stating that the School of Dance has received your audition request. Specific information about the audition date will be sent approximately one month prior.

Step 3: Prepare your audition materials

The School maintains its conviction that the dance world needs many different kinds of professionals, and its appreciation for the diverse backgrounds and career goals of dance students. With this in mind, the School’s process will include opportunities for students to show us their strengths and passion in three different activities.

Note: you will not need to prepare a dance or audition piece to bring with you.

Technique
Technical and artistic skills in contemporary and ballet will be assessed through an audition class. Faculty evaluators will look for dancers’ alignment, use of strength and flexibility, and their ability to learn and perform exercises and combinations. Particular attention will be placed on dancers’ sense of rhythm, spatial clarity, and the ability not just to learn movement, but to perform it as well.

Writing About Dance
Students will given time at the end of their Technique session draft and edit a short essay to submit to the School of Dance. Basic writing mechanics and organization/clarity of ideas will be assessed.

Question and Answer
Participants will have the opportunity to meet with current Dance students to ask questions about life as a UNCG Dancer.

Step 4: Complete the audition

On the day of your audition, please come to the School of Dance in the Coleman Building, (formerly HHP) on Walker Avenue on the campus of UNCG by 8:15am on the morning of your audition. The audition will last from approximately 8:45am – 1:00pm. Parents are welcome to attend the Question & Answer sessions, but space does not permit their observation of the other audition activities.

You will not be admitted to the audition without having first submitted a request form. Drop-ins on the day of audition will not be admitted. There are no exceptions.

Students do have the option of waiting to audition for the School as a current UNCG student. This will not affect their ability to register for available dance classes.

If you are a person with a disability needing accommodations, please contact the School of Dance at 336-334-5570, preferably a week prior to your audition date.


Graduate

Step 1: Apply for Admission to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Apply for Admission to the Graduate School via ApplyYourself:

Apply through ApplyYourself

Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. Click here to be redirected to UNCGs Graduate School pages. Applicants should be ready to submit the below materials with the Graduate School application, along with the supplemental materials listed based on the program(s) you have selected (MA/MFA/Teaching Assistant):

Step 2: Apply for admission to the School of Dance

Master of Arts in Dance Theories and Practices

The MA in Dance is a 36-hour degree. MA students in Dance Theories and Practices may choose between comprehensive exams and a written thesis on a selected research topic in dance studies. Options are available in Dance Education, with or without licensure for teaching in public schools (see requirements below).


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All Masters applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate major in dance, or to have acquired equivalent experiences. All students should have had at least one college level course in dance history, body science (anatomy and kinesiology for dance), dance composition, and dance production. Please note that the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required for entrance into the MA/MFA program in Dance.

Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. Click here to be redirected to UNCGs Graduate School pages.

You should be ready to submit the following materials with the Graduate School application, along with the supplemental materials listed based on the program(s) you have selected (MA/MFA/Teaching Assistant):

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • Personal statement – This statement should address the following (1,000 words maximum):
    • Your previous dance training and reflections on your current dance practice.
    • Your goals as a dance artist, dance scholar, and/or dance teacher
    • The reasons you decided to apply to graduate school, and to UNCG’s Master of Arts in Dance program in particular.
    • Your research interests and possible topics to be explored during your graduate studies.
  • Writing sample: Submit a paper written for a class at another institution, or a sample of your publication, if available.
  • Resume
    • Include any dance training and experience not reflected on official transcripts.

Teaching Assistant Application

Teaching Assistant positions are available for both MA and MFA candidates. Most TAs will not teach very much during the first year of graduate work. Responsibilities can include the following over the course of a three-year program: assisting faculty with research, assisting with departmental administration, assisting with production work in the Dance Theater, and teaching in the following areas: modern dance, ballet, jazz, social and folk dance, improvisation, dance appreciation, and dance education supervision (North Carolina A Certification required).

If you wish to apply for a Teaching Assistant position, please also attach the following materials:

  • Links to video of you teaching a class, either in studio or classroom setting. If in the studio, please include warm-up, center, across the floor movement. If in a classroom, please include moments of student comprehension, discussion, and/or questions. Videos should run from 15-20 minutes in length.
  • In a short one-page narrative, address the following:
    • List all significant dance teaching experiences or positions you have held. Identify your experiences fully, giving names of employing institutions and names of immediate supervisors, and list places, dates, and the scope of your responsibilities. You may attach a professional vita or resume if one is available.
    • List other significant experience that you feel directly relate to your ability as a teacher.
    • List any significant experiences in areas such as dance production, grant writing and/or arts administration, or office management.
    • List any studio classes you are prepared to teach, identifying specific levels you feel comfortable teaching and dance styles of expertise.)

Applications are due no later than December 15. Please attach all supplemental materials to your ApplyYourself application. Video links should be submitted in a Word document.


Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Students in the 60-hour, 3-year program develop and clarify their choreographic voices and deepen their understandings of dance making as a personal, aesthetic, cultural, and social process and product through guided investigations of choreographic methods and practices in coaching and performing movement.


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All Masters applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate major in dance, or to have acquired equivalent experiences. All students should have had at least one college level course in dance history, body science (anatomy and kinesiology for dance), dance composition, and dance production. Please note that the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required for entrance into the MA/MFA program in Dance.

Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. Click here to be redirected to UNCGs Graduate School pages.

You should be ready to submit the following materials with the Graduate School application, along with the supplemental materials listed based on the program(s) you have selected (MA/MFA/Teaching Assistant):

  • $65 application fee
  • Transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • Personal statement – This statement should address the following (1,000 words maximum):
    • Your previous dance training and reflections on your current dance practice.
    • Your goals as a dance artist, dance scholar, and/or dance teacher.
    • The reasons you decided to apply to graduate school, and to UNCG’s Master of Fine Arts in Dance program in particular.
    • Your research interests and possible topics to be explored during your graduate studies.
  • Writing sample: Submit a 1,000 word essay where you reflect on dance as an art form and its relationship to culture, politics, and society.
  • Resume
    • Include any dance training and experience not reflected on official transcripts.
  • Supplemental materials listed below – Please note the following video or portfolio requirements:

Artistic Work sample: Video links of two pieces of your choreography, one of which must have two or more dancers. Clear documentary recordings showing the whole stage are preferred.

The choreography will be evaluated by the graduate faculty in dance, using the following criteria: clarity of intent, maturity of content, choreographic cohesiveness, successful integration of content and form, appropriateness and sophistication of choreographic craft, depth and clarity of performance. We also welcome students whose work is based in improvisatory techniques, Butoh, technology/dance or theatre/dance hybrids, and other approaches. Feel free to add written explanation that will help us look carefully at your work.

Teaching Assistant Application

Teaching Assistant positions are available for both MA and MFA candidates. Most TAs will not teach very much during the first year of graduate work. Responsibilities can include the following over the course of a three-year program: assisting faculty with research, assisting with departmental administration, assisting with production work in the Dance Theater, and teaching in the following areas: modern dance, ballet, jazz, social and folk dance, improvisation, dance appreciation, and dance education supervision (North Carolina A Certification required).

If you wish to apply for a Teaching Assistant position, please also attach the following materials:

  • Links to video of you teaching a class, either in studio or classroom setting. If in the studio, please include warm-up, center, across the floor movement. If in a classroom, please include moments of student comprehension, discussion, and/or questions. Videos should run from 15-20 minutes in length.
  • In a short one-page narrative, address the following:
    • List all significant dance teaching experiences or positions you have held. Identify your experiences fully, giving names of employing institutions and names of immediate supervisors, and list places, dates, and the scope of your responsibilities. You may attach a professional vita or resume if one is available.
    • List other significant experience that you feel directly relate to your ability as a teacher.
    • List any significant experiences in areas such as dance production, grant writing and/or arts administration, or office management.
    • List any studio classes you are prepared to teach, identifying specific levels you feel comfortable teaching and dance styles of expertise.

Applications are due no later than December 15. Please attach all supplemental materials to your ApplyYourself application. Video links should be submitted in a Word document.


Master of Arts in Dance Education

(Distance Learning) The MA in Dance Education, with or without the advanced North Carolina M (advanced) license in dance, is designed for public school dance educators. The degree may be completed only through part-time study, combining online courses at UNCG, summer study on campus, and selected courses taken on campus or online from other institutions. Admittance into this program occurs only in alternate (even) years.


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Prospective graduate students should apply through ApplyYourself. Click here to be redirected to UNCG’s Graduate School pages.

Based on the program(s) seleted above, you should be ready to submit the following materials with the Graduate School application:

  • a $65 application fee
  • transcripts from all institutions where coursework was completed (details)
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or persons well-acquainted with the prospective student’s academic and/or performance potential
  • Score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)


Assistantships and other opportunities
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides a number of funding and support opportunities for graduate students. More information on opportunities available to graduate students in the School of Dance is available here.