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Application process

Fall 2024 admissions

Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Application process overview

Step 1: Complete Concordia's admissions application

Step 2: Complete the pre-audition questionnaire

Step 3: Write your letter of intent

Step 4:  Prepare your audition (pre-recorded video or in-person in Montreal)

Step 5: Submit your materials

Step 6: Interview (including looking at the selected readings)

**Contact the department of Contemporary Dance for any questions: dance@concordia.ca

Out-of-Province Awards for Undergraduate Students

Concordia is pleased to announce new funding opportunities for Canadian students from outside of Quebec. In recognition of your academic achievement, and to help offset the recently announced tuition increases, we are offering new Out-of-Province Awards. These awards, which eligible applicants will automatically be guaranteed, will keep a Concordia education accessible to all Canadians.

Step 1: Complete Concordia's admissions application

All new applicants must complete Concordia University's online admission application before booking an audition or uploading a video. Please note that auditions are exclusively for full-time Major in Contemporary Dance. There is no audition fee.

Admission is only for the fall term. Students applying should have at least two years of experience in contemporary or related dance.

The university does not contact you to arrange for your audition. This is the applicant's responsibility.

If you are already a student at Concordia please review the following instructions:

Other faculties

Concordia students currently enrolled in another faculty (Arts and Science, Gina Cody School, or JMSB) choose one of the following, according to your situation:

You must submit this first in order to be allowed to sign up for an audition and/or interview. The deadline to submit this request is March 1, 2024.

Concordia students enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts

After this form is completed, it needs to be uploaded in the pre-audition questionnaire 

Step 3: Write your letter of intent

Step 4: Prepare your audition/interview

 

IN-PERSON AUDITION (in Montréal)

Select the option to do an in-person interview in the pre-audition questionnaire. From the drop down menu, select a date (March 16th or 17th).

The audition will consist of a 75-minute group class in contemporary technique, and a 75 minute guided choreographic process session where you will develop solo material After a short lunch break, you will perform your new solo in front of the whole group. You will then take part in a 20-minute one-on-one interview with a faculty member.  NOTE: there is no need to prepare choreography material in advance.

Ahead of your interview, we ask that you please look at these selected readings and respond by finding three key words that speak to your interest in dance.  Please be prepared to discuss these with the evaluating faculty.

VIRTUAL AUDITION

There are two parts for the Virtual Audition process; submitting videos, and a virtual interview.  Select the option to do a virtual audition in the pre-audition questionnaire. From the drop down menu, select a date and time (EST) March 11th or 12th.

Ahead of your interview, we ask that you please look at these selected readings and respond by finding three key words that speak to your interest in dance.  Please be prepared to discuss these with the evaluating faculty.

Video submission:

You will be guided through a series of exercises and instructions for your video submissions.  The video material must be presented in the following order with title introduction to each section. 

  1. Introduce yourself to the camera
  2. Technique exercises in the order of presentation
  3. Improvisation without music.  2-3 minutes.

 

 

Kindly consult this list of questions.

Introduce yourself to the camera and answer the list of questions. We suggest that you consider the questions before taping, and that you ask a friend to act as the interviewer. This is just a little easier than talking directly to a camera. Always check the quality of recording prior to sending.

 

You will need to video yourself executing each segment twice, alternating sides. It is important to sustain the rhythm and dynamics of each exercise.

Criteria:

  • Good postural alignment and coordination
  • Clear weight transitions in standing, changes of levels and travelling sequences
  • Strength, flexibility and range of motion
  • Ability to perceive, memorize and perform movement phrases
  • Musicality and dynamic range
  • Being autonomous as you learn and incorporate information

Criteria: 2–3 minutes

Guidelines for the development of short improvisations are provided as part of the pre-audition questionnaire.

An improvisation is not a prepared choreography or other set material. Remain open to explore and go beyond what you know. Be yourself, without judgment.

Relax and remain present to the moment. Sense your own movement from within while being aware of your use of space. 

If you feel stuck in a certain style of movement or in your choices, here are some suggestions to help you explore new possibilities:

  • opposites or contrasts
  • different dynamics, speeds, phrasing, flow
  • use of different parts of the body or configurations: focusing on parts of your body you normally might not explore
  • imposing limits as to what and how something moves can lead to creative solutions varying use of space such as levels, planes, volume, directions, etc

For this improvisation, we ask that you work without music.

Step 5: Submit your materials

Fill out the pre-audition questionnaire to submit your video.

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