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Academy of Dance Launches
Mentor Program
for AOD Company Dancers interested in a career as a performer!

Competition for college/conservatory admission and scholarships is more competitive than ever before.  For that reason the Academy of Dance is beginning a special assistance program for students planning to pursue a career in the performing arts.  


The AOD College Mentor Program will combine the expertise of a professional team consisting of AOD teaching staff as well as connections in the industry to ensure success.

AOD students selected for this program will have the opportunity to work with 

  • Performers with experience auditioning and performing on Broadway.

  • Dance faculty at prestigious colleges and universities.

  • Graduates of dance programs at Colleges and Universities with first-hand knowledge of the audition process.

  • Members of professional dance companies including Alvin Ailey, Gus Giordano, and the Richmond Ballet.

  • Department Heads and Executive Directors of University Musical Theatre programs.

Academy Staff will help each student develop a personal plan for success including:

  • Establishment of specific written goals.

  • Selection of appropriate college level programs including those at conservatories.  

  • Defining exactly what is required for each college audition and developing a specific success plan for each.

  • Staff assistance creating winning ONLINE auditions.

  • Creating personalized letters of recommendation from AOD staff as well as professionals in the industry.

  • Helping to find and secure scholarship opportunities.  This is in addition to scholarships from The Academy awarded to all graduating members of the AOD Competitive Dance Company.

  • Rehearsing all aspects of the college audition with a team of experienced professionals.

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