How to Apply

•   Audition Video or In Person (see below)
•   Download Application/Scholarship Packet for all information below plus needed forms.
•   Assemble and mail a complete program application as instructed on Application Checklist in the Application/Scholarship Packet.

1.  Application Form
Non-Refundable Processing Fee, one per applicant
     $25 if postmarked by February 12 (Priority Deadline for Video Applications, all programs)
     $40 if postmarked by March 18 (in-person audition may occur after this date)
     $50 if postmarked after March 18 (reviewed as availability permits)
     *Application deadline for Improv Traditions & Innovations has been extended to April 29*
3.  Written Statement (2 copies, typed, 1 page maximum) Title with your name and describe:
       (a) current course of study and/or artistic work 
       (b) career aspirations 
       (c) experiences desired/needed to reach these goals 
       (d) name, title, phone, and email for two dance artists or teachers who can speak about your work   
4.  Résumé/Vita (2 copies, typed)
5.  Photo (label each copy with your name)
     For Ballet: Full-length first arabesque, women on pointe (2 copies)
     For Improv Traditions & Innovations and Contemporary: Full-body preferred; headshot accepted (2 copies)
     For Musical Theatre Dance: Headshot (2 copies)
6.  Support Documentation
     • If 17 or younger: Ask one current teacher for a recommendation letter describing:
       (a) technical and performance artistry    
       (b) stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level classes and rehearsals 
       (c) ability to live and interact responsibly as an adult professional in a diverse artist community
7.  Scholarship Application, if applicable; must be attached to Program Application


Online video auditions are accepted for all programs to ensure that any dancer can be considered for acceptance, regardless of ability to attend an in-person audition, master class, or workshop. Check How to Apply to ensure your application is complete, as only complete applications are reviewed. 

Footage must be: i) relevant to program choice(s), ii) shot no more than six months prior to submission, and iii) of clear viewing quality.

Organize video audition as follows:  
1.  Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum; use same name as written on Application Form.
2.  Technique sampler, 8 minute maximum:
     (a) Ballet, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre Dance: include center floor grand pliés, ronds de jambe, extensions, and balances.
     (b) Ballet, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre Dance: include across-the-floor progressions with turns, jumps, and leaps.
     (c) Ballet: include adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro. Males include tour en l'air. Pointe shoes are required for females.
     (d) Improv Traditions & Innovations: include dance style(s) demonstrating musicality and authenticity to form.
     (e) Musical Theatre Dance: include a brief tap dance, even if beginner level. Females must be in heels for musical theatre dance portions of video.

3.  Performance sampler, 10 minutes maximum:
     Provide a table of contents identifying name of works and choreographers for 2-3 variations, improvisations, and/or repertory excerpts. Demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles Preferred if shot in the studio vs. performance footage.

4.  Vocals for Musical Theatre Dance:
     Sing 16 bars of two songs, from musical theatre works, using only the microphone on video camera.

5. To submit:
     (a) Upload content to YouTube or Vimeo video hosting website.
     (b) Draft email with footage link. Test your video link; if link or password fail to work, the application is considered incomplete. 
     (c) Email the URL link and password to [email protected] with "2016 School Audition - PROGRAM NAME, YOUR NAME" in subject heading.
     (d) Print a copy of the SENT email and attach it to your Application. 

All videos are screened for Lorna Strassler Award consideration.


AUDITIONS  $15, cash only
Led by internationally-acclaimed artists, Jacob's Pillow in-person auditions provide an excellent opportunity to take a professional class, gain audition experience, and learn about The School. Expect a fast-paced class with a range of combinations related to the techniques and artistic expectations of the specified Program. You must audition separately for each Program you wish to attend. Parents, teachers, and friends are not permitted to observe. Audition requires parent signature on liability waiver if 17 years of age and under.

Audition video  required; priority consideration if received by February 12.

Open to advanced dancers, ages 15 and up. $15, cash only.

Improv Traditions & Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz 
Open to curious choreographic-minded dance artists with strong performance skills, ages 18 and up. $15, cash only.

For the in-person audition schedule, click here.

Open to advanced performers, ages 15 and up. Master Class/Workshop participation requires parent signature on liability waiver if 17 years of age and under.

• Participation can fulfill The School's Musical Theatre Dance Program audition requirements.
• Arrive in time to warm up prior to class or workshop start time and bring: 
   o Headshot/resume, labeled with your name. Bring 4 copies for Musical Theatre Dance Workshop.
   o All dance shoes, including tap, and be prepared to dance barefoot. 
   o Sheet Music for two songs from published musical theatre works. Be prepared to sing at least 16 bars from memory; accompanist provided. 
   o Master Class and Workshop fee waived for YoungArts alumni.

Musical Theatre Dance Master Classes
Led by an internationally-acclaimed choreographer, master classes feature musical theatre dance choreography and performance skills, followed by vocal coaching. $15, cash only.

Musical Theatre Dance Workshops
Two award-winning choreographers plus a vocal coach/accompanist will lead a 4-hour workshop to sharpen dance and song performance and offer their professional insight during a Q&A session. Receive personalized coaching, tailored feedback, and strengthen your professional network. $35, cash only.

For the Musical Theatre Dance Master Classes and Workshops schedule, click here.

Audition & Apply

Each applicant must audition either In Person or
by Video. Audition requires parent signature on liability waiver if 17 years of age and under.  

Please check back for the 2016 Application/Scholarship Packet to submit following the guidelines listed below.

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