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Dance Admissions

Undergraduate Dance degrees only (BA, BFA) are offered at UMass Amherst. More information about  Dance degrees >>
Dance Program brochure (pdf) >>

Dance Program Virtual Open House, April 20, 2021 >>

Admissions Procedure:

Admission to the Dance Program is a two-part process. Appliicants must first apply to the University using the Common Application @ Admissions Office. Applicants then apply to the Dance Program by submitting a personal information form, personal statement, and a creative sample.

Admission Application Deadlines for UMass Amherst:

  • Early Action: November 5, 2020
  • Regular Decision: January 15, 2021
  • Transfer: October 1, 2020 (spring 2021 term), March 1, 2021 (fall 2021 term)

For more information on applying to UMass Amherst, please contact Sarah Belanger,

Submission Deadlines for the UMass Dance Program supplementary material

  • Early Action: November 20, 2020
  • Regular Decision: February 15, 2021
  • Transfer: Nov. 1, 2020 (spring 2021 term), April 1, 2021 (fall 2021 term)

For more information on applying to the UMass Dance Program, please contact Cathy Maclutsky,


UMass Dance Application Procedure:

Our admissions process will be modified, effective September 1, 2020. We no longer will require an in-person audition for the Dance major. Once you apply to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, we ask that you apply to our program by submitting the following:

UMass dancersIn any order:
Personal Information Form (link to form)
Personal Statement
Creative Sample


Personal Statement

The UMass Amherst Dance Program and its faculty support divergent and individualized pathways in dance, specifically across the areas of dance performance and composition, dance education and community engagement, and dance science and applications in research. In uniquely considering your intended career trajectory in dance, please provide a personal statement of 350-500 words. Share with us your passions, dreams, interests, and goals that connect to dance and those that are outside your current experiences in dance. Your personal statement should respond to the following - What interests and background in dance will you bring to the program? Which aspects of the program, its faculty expertise, and overall programmatic offerings do you foresee will prepare you for 'the dance career of tomorrow' and support your unique pathway in this field?

Creative Sample

Your movement sample should emphasize your strengths and creativity in dance. There are no specific requirements for content or your chosen medium. We hope to see evidence of your thoughtfulness, individuality, and inventiveness. When making this movement sample, consider your strongest technique, movement language and/or your innate interest in dance - also consider how you would like to share/convey to us your passion or desired research with regards to the dance program.
Video submissions (uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo) should be three to five minutes in length.

Please submit all materials to Dance Program Coordinator Cathy Maclutsky,, 413-545-6064

The Dance Program accepts applicants on a rolling basis.


Dance Major Open House Events (virtual in 2020-21)

First-Year and Transfer applicants are encouraged to attend our Dance Engagement Days. Offered in the Fall and Spring, these events are curated for prospective dance majors, including high school juniors and seniors, transfers, and current UMass students. You will interact with dance majors and faculty, receive a program overview, Q&A, and tour of our facilities. Current dance students will share their research and excerpts of performances. Our faculty will guide you through movement experiences that reflect the scope of our department. There will be opportunities to register for individual meetings with faculty, that will support your pathway to becoming a UMass Dance Major and leading to a career and life in the arts.

2020-21 Dance Engagement Day dates (online via Zoom):  Link to Registration for any day
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 6-8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, 6-8pm
Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, 5-7pm
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 7-8pm
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7-8pm

Please email Cathleen Maclutsky or call (413) 545-6064 for additional information, upcoming event dates, scheduling meeting appointments with faculty, and online department tours.

Visits/Inquiries: (please note, in-person visits are suspended for 2020-21 due to the pandemic, please call to schedule a phone call or video meeting)

We encourage and welcome visits by prospective students and their families and can arrange meetings with faculty and students, attendance at classes and rehearsals, and tours. Please contact the Dance Program at 413-545-6064 in advance to schedule an appointment. Please see the Visit Us page for links to directions to campus and downloadable maps.

Undergraduate Admissions Office:
University Admissions Center
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel. (413) 545-0222

Dance Program:
Director of Dance Admissions
11 Totman Building
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel. (413) 545-6064