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 VISUAL ART      MUSIC          DANCE
 
 
Through the arts, Curie students engage with innovative thinkers and leaders to experience the arts both as audience members and as artists.  We emphasize not only creativity and imagination, but also the values of cultural understanding and social harmony that the arts produce so well. Dance, music and visual art teachers at Curie are agents of change, combining academic excellence, personal support and a creative, student-centered vision. These students learn that all art forms are interconnected.  They learn to understand the social, historical and cultural contexts of all the art forms.  Curie understands that the arts are an ideal platform for developing inclusive attitudes and beliefs and for challenging stereotypes based on difference.  Curie is committed to providing authentic learning experiences that will provide a foundation for life-long learning.  Our mission is to prepare students to become leaders and engaged citizens in a global society, enabling then to contribute positively and responsibly to their community and the world around them.
 
HOW TO APPLY TO CURIE                                                    AUDITION DATES
http://go.cps.edu                                             MUSIC-VISUAL ART               DANCE
September 30th - December 6th                     December 5th                     January 11th
                                                                           December 14th                   January 17th
                                                                           January 11th   
                                                                           January 14th
 
                                     2020-2021
 Music & Visual Art Auditions & Portfolio Requirements:
 
 

DANCE


Only students who have submitted a complete application and have met the minimum requirements will be granted an audition for admission to The Dance Department of Curie Metropolitan High School for the Performing & Technical Arts.  Admission is by live audition OR by submission of an online application including technical dance photos, a dance video and statement of intent.  Please refer to the Audition Guidelines for online submission requirements. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a limited basis.

Students of all abilities may audition for admission into the dance program. Curie recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had high levels of prior dance instruction, as well as students who have had little to no prior training but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn

There will be a formal questionnaire given prior to the class, so please show up at least 15 minutes or more prior to your audition time.

Required live audition preparation:

  • Dance Auditions are not staggered due to the Barre warm-up and class itself.
  • Auditionees WILL NOT be admitted once the audition begins.
  • Auditions consist of abbreviated classes in ballet, contemporary, and jazz.
  • Students can bring head shots or resumes if they like.  These are not required.
  • Auditions will also include time for the adjudicators to ask the students questions.

Audition dress requirements:

  • All: No jewelry or baggy clothes. Hair should be pulled back off the face.
  • Dance clothing options include: leotard, tights, dance attire, tights or fitted shorts, fitted T-shirts, form-fitting exercise clothes, and joggers. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes, Pointe shoes, or bare feet (no socks). No baggy clothes or jewelry please.

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 

Submit an online Application Form and upload two dance photos, your video audition and statement of interest to mawilson1@cps.edu  

PHOTO GUIDELINES: Photos should be high quality JPEG files in the following positions:
1.  First, second, fourth and fifth positions with port de bra

Please name the file in the following format: Last Name, First Name-photo1.jpeg
2.  Tendu a la seconde: please name the file in the following format: Last Name, First Name-photo2.jpeg 

VIDEO GUIDELINES: 

A 1:30 minute clip of you dancing.  The movement does not have to be original, however it should include a grand battement, pirouette (parallel or turned out), a slow promenade that shows technique (or availability for technique) and any type of large jump. NOTE: Don't fret about technique.  We are looking for students who are committed to the art form of dance and who are willing to learn with an open mind and heart. Please name the file in the following format: Last Name, First Name-Video 

LETTER OF INTEREST:

A letter of interest stating your interests in dance and why you would like to participate in The Dance Department at Curie Metropolitan High School for the Performing & Technical Arts.  We are an internationally accredited course that requires writing throughout the curriculum.

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MUSIC


Only students who have submitted a complete application and have met the minimum requirements will be granted an audition for admission to the Curie’s Music Department. 

Students of all abilities and levels of experience may audition for admission into the music program. Curie recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have high levels of musical training and for students who have not had training in a formal setting, but demonstrate strong natural ability and a desire to learn.

Required audition preparation

Instrumental:

  • Students will bring their own instrument to the audition, with the exception of Pianists and Percussionists. Percussionists: bring your own sticks
  • Perform two contrasting (fast/slow) pieces, or one piece with contrasting sections. Accompaniment is not allowed for the instrumental audition. If using sheet music the student must bring one additional copy of music to the audition for the adjudicators.  
  • Sight-Reading
  • In some cases, students may be asked to stay or return for additional evaluation. No additional preparation is necessary.

Vocal:

  • 2 contrasting (fast/slow) songs. An accompanist will be provided (bring sheet music in the appropriate key), or students may bring accompaniment on CD, MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet. (instrumental track only, no lip-synching). Acapella (unaccompanied) singing is encouraged and permitted. Bring an additional copy of your music for the adjudicators. You should perform songs (no matter how simple) that demonstrate the quality of your voice and clear articulation of the song’s words. Patriotic songs, church hymns, some show tunes and art songs are appropriate. Popular music that imitates the style of a pop singer is not helpful in determining the quality of a young voice, and should be avoided. A piece that shows high notes and low notes is helpful. Many Chicago Public Libraries have sheet music available for free checkout.
  • Singers will participate in vocal exercises and warm-ups with the adjudicators for the purpose of determining vocal range.
  • The audition will also include time for the adjudicators to ask the students questions about their training and goals.
  • In some cases, students may be asked to stay or return for additional evaluation. No additional preparation is necessary.

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VISUAL ART


Only students who have submitted a complete application and have met the minimum requirements will be granted an interview for admission to Curie’s Visual Arts Department.

Students of all abilities may interview for admission into the visual arts program. Curie recognizes the need to provide opportunities for students who have had prior instruction in the visual arts and students who have not had prior training, but demonstrate a strong natural ability and a desire to learn.

Required audition preparation:

  • Students must bring 7-10 pieces of art (no larger than 36“x36” per piece) that represent their artistic interests. All artwork must be created by the student alone and clearly labeled with the student’s name and title of the piece (if titled). Artwork may include, but is not limited to, painting, drawing/sketching, sculpting, photography, and graphic design. No copies or tracings are allowed; in addition, only two pieces may be in the style of anime or manga. Students may bring extra work (beyond the required 7-10 pieces) in a portfolio; if time allows, adjudicators may ask to review this work as well.
  • Students who use a sketchbook are strongly encouraged to bring it to the interview.
  • Students will be asked about the work they have presented and their artistic interests.