As we prepare for new student application and audition processes that suit the conditions of 2021, Millennium and the Dancers Development Fund feel relieved that the Autumn 2020 term has been completed without any cases of Covid-19 on our campus or within our immediate community. Our students’ and guests’ health and safety will always be our priority and we will continue our strict protocols both inside and outside our studios to remain responsive to Government guidelines and local requirements to ensure we uphold our civic responsibility through this challenging time.
In view of developments and with the academic year calendar pushing on, we have taken the decision to allow prospective students to audition for any of Millennium’s courses through submission of a VIDEO recording. If you are interested in any course, please start by completing the Application form on the website and we will then be in contact as soon as possible
The Practical AUDITION for MPA
Criteria: Physical Talent, Performance Quality, Determination / Mental Suitability
We are keen that each individual student can show their talent, so we ask that you use your discretion and if there is something you truly feel we need to see, please do include this in your VIDEO material. Normally all auditonees would be asked to participate in the full day of the audition, so we would have ample opportunity to see you at your very best, but in the present circumstances this needs to translate to what you show us in your video.
We ask that an auditionee records about 15 minutes of dance, including some technical Ballet or Contemporary Dance exercises and at least one Jazz Dance or Contemporary Dance routine of minimum 60 seconds long. If the student is auditioning for the Musical Theatre course, please include one solo song and one monologue, each of at least 2 minutes duration. The best format for us to see a student in is MP4, although others are acceptable, however please be aware that any issues in us being able to view the material will mean we would need to ask you to resubmit the video in a format we can view.
A normal audition would consist of three dance techniques: ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance and then, dependant on the choice of course, Singing and Acting abilities would be tested. Dance solos are not normally required. A short physical examination might follow. The audition panel would grade the students. The grading is simple and consists of the following marks:
Excellent ~ The student is able to display a skilful level of control and understanding of the subject being marked. A student must show commitment and respond immediately to direction.
Good ~ The student is able to demonstrate capable control and understanding of the subject being marked. The student must show commitment and respond easily and willingly to direction.
Satisfactory ~ The student is able to demonstrate sufficient control and understanding of the subject being marked. A student must show commitment and willingness to improve.
Poor ~ The student is unable to show control, even though there may be some understanding of the subject being marked. The student must be eager and willing to improve.
Fail ~ The student shows no control or understanding of the subject being marked. The student lacks willingness to improve.
The preceding markings are for technical merit. Marking for performance quality in each subject carry the same value. We aim to keep the same format for marking the video material. Should we feel it necessary, we may ask for additional material. The successful candidate must have the majority of marks in the satisfactory category or above to gain entry to Millennium. The students and families are invited to raise any general question they might have through email to the audition secretary. Occasionally the audition panel may request further information.
We would be able to provisionally accept a student on video evidence basis and we would then invite every successful auditionee to come and visit us. We feel it is important to have a good inkling of the situation awaiting you in your training. We envisage that a visit to Millennium will be possible at a later date in the new year, once restrictions have been eased. A final decision would be made after the visit and on agreement to proceed by both parties.
How to apply
You can submit an online application – Click here to access the Online Application form
If you wish to apply by post, please contact the audition secretary at email@example.com or telephone 0208 301 8744
On receipt of your request, the audition secretary will email you a printable application form.
As with the UK students, we invite you to submit a video film of your dance and/or vocal ability accompanied by a current reference from your dance/theatre school.
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