In December 2012 I auditioned for a Performing Arts College, The American Musical Dramatic Academy, which is based in the United States. Within two months I then received a phone call informing me that I had been chosen to be admitted onto a 4 year BFA Degree course in Dance Theatre.
Admission to AMDA is extremely competitive: students come from across the globe and are selected from auditions held in more than 35 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Argentina, Brazil, Israel and South Korea. The full time enrollment at the two AMDA locations is 1,000 students. AMDA was founded in 1964 as a premier performing arts conservatory. With campuses in New York's Upper West Side and in the historic Hollywood district of Los Angeles, AMDA sits in the epicentre of the entertainment community making it uniquely suited to offer intensive full-time training and BFA programs in Acting, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance.
AMDA graduates are, or have recently been, on Broadway in: VENUS IN FUR, WAR HORSE, BORN YESTERDAY, MARY POPPINS, PRISCILLA 'QUEEN OF THE DESSERT', SPIDERMAN, TURN OFF THE DARK, GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT, 9 TO 5, AVENUE Q, CHICAGO, A CHORUS LINE, GREASE, GYPSY, HAIR, HAIRSPRAY, IN THE HEIGHTS, JERSEY BOYS, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, MAMA MIA, RENT, SHREK THE MUSICAL, SOUTH PACIFIC, SPAMALOT, WEST SIDE STORY & WICKED.
Recent film credits for AMDA graduates include: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, WIN WIN, 3:10 TO YUMA, THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND, AMERICAN BEAUTY, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, DUPLICITY, ENCHANTED, EVERY LITTLE STEP, HAIRSPRAY: THE MOVIE, THE NOTORIOUS BETTY PAGE, THE PRODUCERS, SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE & THE SHAPE OF THINGS.
Recent television credits for AMDA graduates include: BUNHEADS (ABC Family), AWKWARD (MTV), BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO), MODERN FAMILY (ABC), RED WIDOW (ABC), JUSTIFIED (FX), NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME), PAN AM (ABC), A GIFTED MAN (CBS), NCIS (CBS), CASTLE (ABC), 30 ROCK (NBC), WHITE COLLAR (USA), HOUSE (FOX), ROYAL PAINS (USA), THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS), DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC), GENERATION KILL (HBO), GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC), GOSSIP GIRL (CW), GUIDING LIGHT (CBS), IN PLAIN SIGHT (USA), LAW AND ORDER (NBC), THE OFFICE (NBC), SNL (NBC), UGLY BETTY (ABC), WEEDS (SHOWTIME) & WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS).
The opportunities that lie in America are endless within the creative industries and regarding the Degree programs in dance in LA, is on a completely different standard in comparison to what is offered in Degree programs here in the UK.
However the major setback is how expensive the tuition and accommodation fees are, especially in my circumstances where i cannot, alone, provide the finances to accumulate to these figures. This is why I am not ashamed to ask for help as i know there are amazing and generous people that can support me.
The tuition fees per year are: $31,000, equivalent to £20,000. In addition the accommodation fees per year are: $6,700, which is equivalent to £5,000.
At the moment I have been looking for alternative funding such as sponsorship's through entrepreneurs or different funding opportunities that various companies/organizations may offer. But unfortunately none have replied back with a successful solution.
This is where you, my friends come in!
If I were able to receive assistance in my funding, it would be appreciated so much as I feel this school can help increase my creative skills as an individual but to also give back to my community as well, when i return.
"It takes passion to make dance your life, but to make it your career you need more. You need discipline, endurance and a total awareness of your body mechanics."
This is where I feel AMDA plays a major part, because they offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Theatre. By looking at the sample curriculum the subjects offered suggests you must be prepared for a laborious 4 year course. The study demands a lot physically of a student as it can increase my classical technique and perfect my focus and diversity, through the variety of dance styles that are taught. By researching on the various Alumni's that have graduated from AMDA, I have seen and heard from these students completing this program, they become capable, multi-disciplined performers. AMDA's creative and immense curriculum also gives you the solid innovative foundation necessary to flourish in the performing arts. I am truly excited for the day I actually spend my first day at AMDA's extraordinary facility and meet the amazing mentors and faculty members that help guide students to finding their personal career paths. And help students through the foundation of the profession and inspire students to conceptualize.
But this can only be possible through your generous contributions. I hope you can understand and relate how passionate and hungry I am for such a great opportunity such as this and I can only believe that you guys can understand and help push me to get there.
I have now been placed in an article published in my local newspaper if you'd like to read the article, don't hesitate to click on the link below;
Thank you for your time!
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