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Did you know most college dance programs are more competitive than Harvard?

Because not only do you need the dance ability and pedigree, you also need:


  1. A polished audition package that showcases your ability
  2. Strong (or at least decent) academics

2023 College Signing Day at The Dance Artist Prep

Complete Support for Your Dancer's Senior Year.

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Learn about the College Candidate Program at TDA Prep 

Every element of the college application and audition process, HANDLED. 

Merging parental realities, dancer dreams, and industry experts, the College Candidate Program guides you through the Four Seasons of Applying to College for Dance, making sure your dancer has the support they need every step of the way!

TDA Prep's College Candidate Class of 2023 received  an average scholarship of $40k per student!

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We were blown away at the support of the entire team at TDA Prep leading up to Acceptance Season. Once it was time to negotiate our scholarships, their advice and patience saved us over 5-figures per year!


Michelle & Pauline Osanya - Fordham University Class of 2027

Customized support through the

Four Seasons of Applying to College for Dance

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1. PLANNING SEASON

3. AUDITION SEASON

2. APPLICATION SEASON

4. ACCEPTANCE SEASON

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The team at TDA Prep has always supported my daughter in a holistic way, putting her first and foremost. They not only give her the confidence to pursue her dreams, but they give her the support and guidance to make them realistic. Thank you for being there when we needed you!


Eleni Keller - Parent of Indiana University student Class of 2027

How It Works

Virtual Curriculum

Build the curriculum into your schedule, or jump into class when you have an off-day. Either way, our short class times and class recordings make the Virtual Curriculum a low-stakes, high reward secret weapon for dance artists everywhere.

Classes are held LIVE and RECORDED for your convenience.

Technique Conditioning Sessions are weekly virtual training sessions with our Directors. These intense 1.5 hr workouts allow us to deliver you customized feedback as you work towards your goals. (3x per month)

Expert Training Sessions are daily virtual training and coaching sessions with expert teachers of Ballet, Jazz, Graham and Horton Modern techniques. Consider these classes your expert tutors for the parts of dance that can make a big difference to your college audition. (3x per week)

College Prep Classes

College Prep Classes give us the opportunity to work with you through every step of the process, no matter where you're located in the country. From resume building and essay writing to prepping for auditions and negotiating scholarships, these live classes allow us to coach you through the process and stay on track with application deadlines!

College Prep Classes are held virtually on Friday evenings at 6:30pm EST. 

Classes are recorded in case dancers are unable to attend.

In-Person Training

In-Person Training helps dancers grow faster, upping the stakes and environment as they work towards their goals. This is our opportunity to get a close up view of how dancers learn, work towards goals, and interact with teachers. From there, we can customize their goals and work plans with a heightened specificity.

College Candidate have access to specific In-Person Training weekends at no additional charge:

  • September 20-22
  • October 25-27
  • December 13-15 (Mock Audition)
  • April 25-27 (Signing Day Weekend)


Sample In-Person Training Schedule


FRIDAY

7:30pm - 9pm

WELCOME CLASS


Scheduled to allow dancers time to travel

and settle with a class before the grind begins.

SATURDAY

11:00am - 4pm

ATHLETICISM DAY


Saturday has an intense 3 hour training session

followed by a choreography and performance

session designed to push stamina and reveal 

habits.

SUNDAY

10am - 3pm

ARTISTRY DAY


Sunday is all about artistry as dancers train for 

2 hours before performance study for the rest 

of the day.

Dance Parent Club Membership

Dance Parents get the ultimate support in the Dance Parent Club. As a College Candidate you receive exclusive access to Dance Parent Workshops where we provide parents live coaching with customized support, making the Dance Parent Club the ultimate resource for anyone raising a dancer.

Dance Parent Workshops are virtual workshops held 2x per month on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm EST.

Signing Day at TDA Prep

Signing Day at TDA Prep is when College Candidates announce what school they will be attending for the next chapter of their artistic and academic careers. Hosted at The Shed, we completely TRANSFORM our training facility to host our College Candidates and their families for dinner and celebration, as the College Candidates one by one reflect on their dance journey and announce the school they will be attending next fall. 


Signing Day for the class of 2025 will be held on Friday, April 25th, 2025.

Add-Ons

The following Add-Ons are available to College Candidates at an additional cost: 

  • Choreography
  • Private Lessons:

              - Single Private Lesson (1 hr): $200

             -*Two Private Lessons (2 hrs): $350

  • Additional In-Person Training Weekends ($500/weekend): 

             - August 30 - September 2 (Labor Day Weekend)

             - October 11-14 (Columbus Day Weekend)

             - November 8-11 (Veterans Day Weekend)

             - January 2-5 (Winter Workshop)

             - February 7-9

             - February 21-23

             - March 14-16

             - March 28-30

             - April 11-13

             - May 9-11

Cost

Full Year Total = $7,550

Payment plans are available. 

Scholarships are available. Scholarship information will be given upon acceptance. 

Calendar (2024-2025)

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TDA Prep supported me along parts of the college journey that I didn't even know I needed. My dancing improved, I wasn't stressed, and I got into the college that has made my dreams a reality. Their guidance and mentorship has changed my life!


Carley Brooks Fordham University Class of 2025

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The College Candidate Program was exactly what I was hoping it would be for my daughter. They were with us every step of the way and met every difficulty with optimism. My daughter and I couldn't have done it without them!


Isabelle Burns Parent of Point Park University student Class of 2027

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit an audition video to apply?

Yes. To be considered for the College Candidate Program applicants must attach a link to a 1-3 minute solo or improv sample when submitting their online application.


Dancers who were members of TDA Prep's Training Club (2023-2024) do not need to submit an audition video with their College Candidate application.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, scholarships are available should you be accepted into the College Candidate Program. Scholarship information will be given upon acceptance. 

when will i receive my application decision?

Application decisions will be sent on a rolling basis beginning May 1st. 


Applications submitted after May 1st will be notified of our decision within 1 week of application submission. 

 what if i can't attend a college prep class?

Every College Prep Class is recorded and uploaded to our College Candidate student portal, where students can access every College Prep Class for the year should students be unable to attend the class live. 

Are college prep classes in-person or virtual?

College Prep Classes are held virtually via Zoom. 

are virtual curriculum classes mandatory?

Virtual Curriculum classes are not mandatory, but we encourage every College Candidate to attend as many classes as possible. Every Virtual Curriculum class is recorded and made available to College Candidates through their online student portal should they be unable to attend the class live.

Where is TDA Prep's Training Facility Located?

Our training facility, The Shed, is located in the West Suburbs of Chicago, IL. Driving distance from both O'Hare and Midway Airports. The Shed is comfortably situated in a large hotel and corporate housing market making trips to The Shed easy and convenient. 


The Shed

458 Randy Rd.

Carol Stream, IL 60188

What if I can't attend In-Person Training?

We make In-Person Training available to our College Candidates to encourage the audition prep that can only occur in the studio, however it is not required for a successful Senior Year. The following In-Person Training weekends are available for College Candidates to attend at no additional charge:


  • September 20-22
  • October 25-27
  • December 13-15 (Mock Audition)
  • April 25-27 (Signing Day Weekend)

All other In-Person Training weekends (including holiday weekends) are Add-Ons and cost $500/weekend.


Sample In-Person Training Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY
7:30pm - 9pm
WELCOME CLASS
Scheduled to allow dancers time to travel and settle with a class before the grind begins.

SATURDAY

11am - 4pm

ATHLETICISM DAY

Saturday has an intense 3 hour training session followed by a choreography and performance session designed to push stamina and reveal habits.

SUNDAY

10am - 3pm

ARTISTRY DAY

Sunday is all about artistry as dancers train for 2 hours before performance study for the rest of the day.

ARE COLLEGE AUDITION SOLOS AVAILABLE?

Yes. Whether for college auditions, conventions, or performances, solo choreography is available to any member of the College Candidate Program at an additional cost.


If you are interested in having a solo choreographed, please contact our School Administrator Heath at heath@tdaprep.com for pricing information. 

when is college signing day?

College Signing Day for the Class of 2024 will be held on Friday, April 26th, 2024 at our training facility, The Shed. 

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