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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Major

Students guaranteed onstage performance credit while they are at CCPA — more time onstage means more training for your future career in the theatre. Faculty comprised of full-time professors as well as many active theatre professionals who lend their unique talents and expertise to the Conservatory. At CCPA, our students learn from and work alongside Chicago's very best, and a low student/faculty ratio results in focused study tailored to each student's needs. CCPA is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, steps away from the city's bustling theatre district and Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students placements at some of Chicago's best theatres; upperclassmen in good standing allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA.

Jane Lanier
, Head of Musical Theatre Dance

What Differentiates Us

Performance

Performance

Students are guaranteed onstage performance credit while they are at CCPA — more time onstage means more training for your future career in the theatre.

Location

Location

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, CCPA is just steps away from Chicago's bustling theatre district and the Tony award-winning Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre — and our students have graced the stages of them all.

Internships

Internships

An outstanding internship program provides CCPA's students with placements at some of Chicago's best theatres, and upperclassmen in good standing are allowed to audition for productions outside of CCPA, adding valuable professional credits to their resumes prior to graduation.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

The BFA in Musical Theatre Dance Concentration is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as a musical theatre performer, focusing particularly on the discipline of dance. The dance concentration program is a unique blend of musical theatre disciplines for the dancer with training in acting, voice and intensive dance studies in ballet, jazz, modern, tap and musical theatre dance styles. Students in the dance concentration program will receive specialized training in dance pedagogy, kinesiology and injury prevention. Dance concentration students are eligible for casting in musical productions on the mainstage as well as our blackbox productions.

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

All students receive performance opportunities throughout their studies. Students in good academic standing are also able to audition for opportunities outside of the Conservatory with approval.

Testimonials

Musical Theatre Dance, BFA

"I am thrilled to be the Head of our Musical Theatre Dance Concentration program. It's unique and one of a kind as it's geared towards graduating students who not only dance, but sing and act as well. A true 'triple threat' program. I love teaching and mentoring this generation of hard working, disciplined, and passionate young artists!"

Jane Lanier
Head of Musical Theatre-Dance, Roosevelt University

Admission Info

Musical Theatre Dance, BFA

All applicants to the BFA Musical Theatre program are required to submit pre-screen materials for review before they can be invited to a live virtual audition. Pre-screens are to be submitted through GetAcceptd.com beginning September 1st.

You may not submit your pre-screen materials until you have first submitted the Roosevelt University Undergraduate Application. The Pre-Screen deadline is December 1st, though earlier submission is highly recommended.

WE ARE FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES FOR THE COMMON MUSICAL THEATRE PRE-SCREEN:

Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE

  • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
  •  The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title, and the show in which it appears.
  • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS

Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad, and one song should be an uptempo.
  • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice). One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
  • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible.

MONOLOGUE

  • One 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
  • Monologues must be from a published play. Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

DANCE

  • All dance media should be filmed in a “full body” shot taking care to keep the student’s entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as they execute choreography.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 30-60 seconds of dance, in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary.
  • No barre work. A ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap. For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well.
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music; no “a cappella” dance media please.

BALLET OPTION

  • Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
  • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.

WILD CARD VIDEO

  • Wild Card submission is completely optional.
  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”