Dance admission requirements
The Department of Contemporary Dance is still accepting applications.
Second round applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as they come in, and offers of admission will be sent as quickly as possible. We will continue reviewing new applications until May 15.
If it is after March 1 and you intend to complete an application, please email email@example.com so we can track your file.
Concordia University Online Admission Application
All applicants must complete Concordia University's online admission application before booking an audition/interview or uploading a video. Please note that auditions are exclusively for full-time Major in Contemporary Dance. There is no audition fee.
Students applying should have at least two years of experience in contemporary or related dance.
Learn more about general admission requirements, including minimum educational qualifications, required documents, proof of language proficiency and mature student entry. Admission is only for the fall term.
As part of the admissions requirements, all applicants to the Major in Contemporary Dance are required to audition. Once you’ve completed the university’s online application, you can register for the live audition.
Out-of-town applicants may submit an online video audition after completing Concordia University's online admission application.
The University does not contact you to arrange for your audition. This is your responsibility.
After completing the online admission application, you will need to submit the pre-audition questionnaire to create your portal for the submission of special requirements including audition videos, letter of intent, and a photo.
Auditions for admission in Fall 2021 are being held online.
IN-PERSON AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 2021. PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIDEO AUDITIONS.
As the program emphasizes choreography and performance, applicants should be aware that they will need to commit to their own creative research, to participate in a variety of projects and deal with production demands in addition to attending all their classes and fulfilling course requirements. Autonomy and responsible choices to ensure one’s physical and mental well-being are essential.
What to expect
The group audition consists of a technique class in contemporary dance, improvisation led by faculty and a choreographic process that culminates in the presentation of individually structured solos. This is followed by one on one interview with faculty.
Candidates are no longer required to prepare a choreographed solo prior to the audition. Choreography will be developed as part of the in-person audition process.
There is no dress code per se. Wear clothing that allows teachers to see your movements clearly. Auditions are done in bare feet but do bring a pair of socks if needed.
How is the audition assessed?
Technique: ability to engage in a variety of space-time configurations with a clear sense of postural alignment, weight transfers and spatial organization, coordination, range of motion and mobility, fluid execution of sequences with varying degrees of complexity, dynamics, musicality and memory. Autonomy in learning and integrating corrections.
Improvisation: receptivity, openness to diverse approaches and ideas, willingness to engage physically in exploration of movement and ideas, ability to initiate and develop instructions alone and with others in the group.
Choreography: personalized choices that reflect an ability to organize space, range of dynamics, physical connections, movement invention. Embodied performance on a sensory and kinesthetic level. Movement choices that simply reflect existing, commercial or competitive type dance do not correspond to the stated criteria.
Interview: openness, integrity, artistic curiosity, clear understanding of what the program offers and how it aligns with your goals.
Once you have applied to the University, fill out the pre-audition questionnaire and select the option to do a video audition.
In the section that follows, you will be guided through a series of exercises and instructions to be completed by you for the video audition.
If you are applying after March 1, 2021 please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track your file.
What to submit
The video material must be presented in the following order with title introduction to each section.
1. Introduce yourself to the camera
2. Choreographed Solo
Choreographed solo: max 3 minutes
The solo must be created specifically for this audition. Personalized movement invention with a relevant spatial and dynamic structure. Embodied performance. Relevant use of music or silence. If using music, instrumental only - without lyrics.
Solos that simply reflect or ‘showcase’ technical exercises, commercial or competitive type dance do not correspond to the stated criteria.
Improvisation: Guidelines for the development of short improvisations will be provided.
Improvisation - 2 to 3 minutes
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.
You will need to video yourself executing each segment twice, alternating sides. It is important to sustain the rhythm and dynamics of each exercise.
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.
Interview for the camera:
A list of questions is available on the pre-audition questionnaire page - along with the technique exercises and improvisation guidelines.
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.
Incomplete or poor quality recording may delay your audition results. Please view your entire video before uploading it.