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Core Curriculum

// Ballet I, II // Modern I, II // Improvisation I, II // Composition I, II // Senior Focus

The Virtual Audition Includes:

Upon receipt of the application and approval to audition, the applicant will receive a link to an online portal login to submit their audition components. Within the portal, applicants can directly upload their videos or insert a YouTube link. Any audition links uploaded to YouTube must be unlisted.

All audition material will be provided by a YouTube link to the applicant. The audition includes: Video Introduction, Ballet Barre, Modern Dance Phrase, and a 1 minute Solo. Uploads required: total of 4 video links

Component 1 – Video Introduction

In the video introduction, state the following:

  • Your name
  • Where you are from
  • Why you want to dance at MSA
  • Share your dance experience and training.
  • Share your future dance goals.
  • Share how you heard about MSA’s Dance Program.
  • Who choreographed your solo
  • List “your name, intro” as the video title, example “Jane Smith, intro”

Component 2 – Ballet Barre (3 minute maximum)

  • Plie, tendu, degage, rond de jambe, frappe, grand battement, and pirouette
  • List “your name, ballet” as the video title, example “Jane Smith, ballet”

Component 3 – Modern Dance Phrase (2 minute maximum)

  • torso movement, foot work, floor work, core, and upper body strength
  • List “your name, modern” as the video title, example “Jane Smith, modern”

Component 4 – Solo (1 minute maximum)

  • May be choreographed by the applicant or someone else
  • Highlight your individuality, confidence, and technical skill
  • Any dance form is allowed.
  • List “your name, solo” as the video title, example “Jane Smith, solo”

Ballet is a classical dance form. The audition will utilize formal and precise movement, graceful elongated lines, articulation of feet, and external rotation. A video link of the audition content will be provided and will include plie, tendu, degage, rond de jambe, frappe, grand battement, and pirouette.

Modern dance is a 20th. century contemporary concert form. A video link of the audition content will be provided and will demonstrate expressive use of torso, foot work, floor work, core strength, and upper body overall strength.
Solo material needs to reflect the dancer’s individuality, confidence, and technical skill.

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Tammy StanfordTammy Stanford holds an MFA from Montclair State University and BFA in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is founder of the Dance department and Movement Specialist for Theatre at MSA. She was awarded MSA’s Teacher of the Year for 2016 and Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator in dance from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education in 2004. Ms. Stanford is chair of the dance writing committee and trainer for MS Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Framework. She has been a member of the Teaching Artist Roster for the Mississippi Arts Commission and provided dance programing for agencies, schools and universities throughout Mississippi. She has graduate training in Process Pedagogy with the National Dance Institute. She has received recognition for choreography, teaching, and directing of over twenty years of concert stage performances.

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