Welcome to USTD Connects U, the first ever college and entertainment recruiting platform for the Dance Industry! Modeled after the college athletic recruiting process, USTD Connects U will provide aspiring dancers ages 13 & up with the tools necessary to get noticed, get known, and get on track to a career in the ever expanding commercial dance industry! Please meet our partners below and get connected today!
* Additional Entertainment Industry Partners and Dancer Opportunities to be Announced *
➤ Simply fill out your online Dancer Portfolio and instantly connect with USTD partners; MSA Talent Agency and Studio School’s BFA in Commercial Dance!
Once your Portfolio has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from our partners letting you know that you are now a part of the network. Your Portfolio is the first opportunity to develop a relationship and help our partners learn more about you.
➤ REGISTER TO ATTEND ONE OF OUR INCREDIBLE SPECIAL EVENTS SUCH AS THE STUDIO SCHOOL COMMERCIAL DANCE ID CAMP!
This is your chance to put a face to your Portfolio and get to know our partners and what they are looking for in an artist. ID Camps and other Special events will be offered exclusively to dancers that have submitted their Portfolio. These events have been designed to sharpen your skills and introduce you to many other aspects of the industry as well as the best path on how to get there. ID camps will include seminars for the parents as well as evaluations of your performance at the camp. Evaluations will be shared with your studio director.
➤ USTD Performance Observations & Referrals
USTD Connects U partners have provided USTD judges with specific criteria and/or qualities they typically look for in an artist and will use observations and referrals made by the judges at USTD competitions as yet another tool to get to know our dancers better. Dancers must have submitted a Dancer Portfolio in order to be observed and potentially referred to USTD Connects U partners as part of this program. Observations and referrals will not be be based on scores and/or medal standings at the competition nor will it have any impact with regards to competition results.
➤ USTD Performance Video Accessibility
Dancers that have successfully submitted their Dancer Portfolio and have agreed to the consent allowing USTD Connects U partners to view their competition videos, will provide industry partners the opportunity to view their competition solos following each event. Videos may be reviewed based on; portfolio details submitted, USTD performance observations and referrals, and/or as a result of attending an ID camp or other special event. In addition, DRC Video (USTD Video Partner) will be offering dancers the opportunity to enhance their Dancer Portfolio with custom USTD video highlights to be securely shared with our industry partners (fees for this service will apply). Stay tuned for updates!!!
Audition Dates/Upcoming Events
Northern Illinois University
November 20-24, 2019
Fall 2019 Dance Concert
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Art for Life
February 17, 2020 (President’s Day)
Talented Student Scholarship Audition
April 22-26, 2020
Spring 2020 Dance Concert
May 2, 2020
Student Choreographed Showcase
Trifecta Dance Collective
October 18-20, 2019
Metamorphosis Fearless Evolution – Chicago, IL