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Just finally submitted my application to Columbia College of Chicago’s Dance-Movement Therapy program.

Now I can breathe.

…Or, well, now I can spend the next several weeks holding my breath.

One or the other.

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Posted on 2015/12/13, in balllet, school and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Wahoo! Way to go! Fingers and toes crossed for you. 🙂

  2. I’m excited for you! My first ballet teacher [remember I started as an adult, just a few years ago] had a masters in dance movement therapy, and she was brilliant at identifying precisely where alignment was falling apart, and so gracious and gentle. Fingers crossed for you, and in the meantime remember to breathe 😉

    • Oh, neat! It sounds like she was a perfect teacher for an adult beginner, and also like he DMT education served her well as a ballet teacher.

      Thanks — I will try to remember! 😀

  3. Out of personal interest/curiosity, what is the application process like? And good luck!

    • For Columbia, it begins with a web – based application which includes submitting an audition video of your choosing (1-3 minutes long; choreographed or improv; just you or you and others, as long as you identify yourself); an essay covering your experiences with dance, behavioral health, etc., and what motivated you to consider DMT as a career; two (or more) letters of recommendation; and the usual array of transcripts and so forth. At the open house, they said that the program usually attracts about sixty applicants per year.

      For the audition video, they’re looking less at specific technique and more at how “at home” you are in your body, how you move, your emotional expressiveness, and how you connect with music (if you use it).

      After they review the applications, a number of applicants (I want to say that it was thirty?) are asked to visit for an in-person interview, part of which is a group movement/improv session.

      From that group, about twenty applicants will be accepted.

      While I think a few of the other potential applicants at the open house were a bit intimidated by the acceptance rate, I found myself mentally comparing it to acceptance/hiring rates for neuroscience PhD programs (IIRC, <10% for most) and, of course, ballet jobs (around 0% for people like me right now :D), so 33% really doesn't seem that bad. I also figured the applicant pool would just be enormous.

      All of the DMT programs want about 5 years' dance training at the minimum, but not necessarily all at once or in one idiom; likewise, it doesn't all have to be recent. A few programs very specifically want background in modern dance (either Lesley University or Sarah Lawrence specifies this; I'll double-check it tomorrow).

      • Thanks, this is super informative! I’m vaguely interested in DMT, but I feel like it’s hard to find opportunities to “try it out” before committing to a full grad program. Anyway, congrats on finishing the app!

      • That is an excellent point. Some of the alternate-route programs offer introductory intensive type things that might be a good fit (and that don’t obligate you to an entire Master’s program); if you’d like, I can try to find info on some of those. I think they’re usually a week or two at most.

        For me, the introductory intensive at last year’s ADTA conference was a huge factor in deciding to move forward, and I think a lot of us could benefit from that sort of thing when we’re considering whether to dive into a DMT program or not.

      • thanks, I’ll look into that!

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