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Georgian Court University Dance Program to Hold Auditions

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 23, 2012—Georgian Court University welcomes all those interested in pursuing a career in dance to audition for the B.A. in Dance program. Integrated into the university’s liberal arts curriculum, the program focuses on training the dancer technically, while also helping each student cultivate creativity and a unique artistic vision. Auditions will be held on Mondays, March 12 and April 16, at 3:30 p.m.

The GCU dance program offers a collaboration of ballet, modern, and jazz dance forms, as well as improvisation and choreography under the guidance of Silvana Cardell, GCU assistant professor and director of dance.

“Georgian Court University’s dance program encourages creativity, risk taking, and research to pursue discoveries that cultivate an individual’s original vocabulary to create dance,” says Ms. Cardell. “Our students are prepared to become the next generation of artists, teachers, and intellectuals—the ones who fuel the versatile transformation of their art form.”

The dance audition determines admission to the GCU dance program and eligibility for dance scholarships. Auditions will be held in the dance studios in the Wellness Center on GCU’s Lakewood campus and consist of the following:

Group Audition:
Ballet barre ( 20 minutes)
Brief modern dance warm-up (10 minutes)
A combination (phrase of movement) in the same style (20 minutes)

Individual Audition:
Each dancer will perform a study (short dance of no more than 2 minutes) featuring their own choreography or choreography by one of their teachers in any style of dance that the student feels confident dancing. Students should bring their own CD or iPod.

Written Essay:
The student should also bring a brief essay (1–2 pages) explaining ALL of the following:

  • Why would you like to pursue a career in dance?
  • What would you like to achieve in these four years of training and dance education?
  • Why it is important to you to attend a dance program at a liberal arts university?
  • What do you see yourself doing in the dance field after graduation?

Reserve your place at one of GCU’s dance auditions at For more information, please contact Erin Bonczek, lecturer in physical education/dance, at 732.987.2171 or at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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