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#16 jsn



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Posted 10 September 2006 - 08:18 AM

Great input 2dd's! Thanks for taking the time to share so much! The deadlines are important because I believe the colleges want input from the dance departments before they assess the rest of the applicants information.
I would love to know where both Pictures and 2DD's daughters finally went to college, if you don't mind sharing. Again, thanks for all the help!

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 11:28 AM

Just want to second the fact that not all schools want DVD's or videos. Most require an audition in person. Some require a solo of a specified length, to be done after the audition. Only one of the schools dd is applying to requires a DVD or video, and this has very specific instructions on the length and content.

For the schools that don't request a DVD, is it better to just send one along, in hopes it adds to the application or is it better NOT to send one, to show that you know how to follow directions? Conundrum here.

As for going with the best academics and taking dance outside the university, DD has decided to apply to colleges with a good dance dept. and to colleges near a good pre-pro school. In some cases, these are not mutually exclusive.
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Posted 11 September 2006 - 03:36 PM

I have noticed some colleges want VHS format - why not just DVD's? Actually 4 of the schools my daughter is applying to wants that format. If you are sending in a tape to a school that does not have dance at all, but just to show the student has a passion, what is the best way to send it. The college applications are online so it can not go along with the application? Hopefully they get the tape and application together??

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 03:53 PM

Taradriver, it might be best to contact the college and ask whether it's ok to send a DVD along with the application.

charlotte1755, I would send a DVD/VHS tape via mail, unless you are very tech-savvy and want to try e-mailing the digital file. If sending via mail, I would just mark it very clearly with the student's name, &c. and perhaps include a very brief note explaining its purpose.
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Posted 11 September 2006 - 03:58 PM

I actually asked a college, Duke, why they requested a VHS tape rather than a DVD. It actually goes back to what MOMOF3DARLINGS said about the DVDs not working in everybody's player. They said the people sometimes had problems with the DVDs. That said, I noticed on this year's application that Duke is accepting both. I think the colleges are having a hard time keeping up with technology and we all know the arts don't have alot of money to keep changing their equipment at the rate that technology is changing.

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 08:16 AM

I'm in the process to applying to several dance programs in college, and all with the exception of two require an audition. I'll be attending 3 live auditions but the rest will be video auditions since I can't go to the college to audition. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on making a college audition video. Can I use my phone to record it? I was going to ask some of the kids in Telecommunications at my highschool if they could help me film with a tripod and flip camera but we'll have to see if they'll have the time to do it (I imagine it'll take a while to get the best takes etc.). 


For editing, will I be able to just use the film editor on an Acer computer? Is it hard to make a DVD? Any experience/tips are welcome. Also, for videos that don't give a requirement for the way it should be shot (from a side view, a front view), which is the best?

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 02:43 PM

Well, many colleges specify exactly what they want in a video audition so that is really helpful. Getting some help from other kids in video classes is a great idea. I think most of the video's are submitted electronically rather than a physical dvd. Either through an application website or email. You'll be able to find all of that info on the college website.

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