Auditioning for the New York City Ballet And Other Realities of the Arts in the City Are Presented by CUNY’s First Honors College Class At CUNY Graduate Center

“A Chorus Line” might have immortalized the tribulations of auditioning for a Broadway show, but six Honors College students at The City University of New York have their own take on the difficulties of auditioning for the New York City Ballet.

They presented their dance skit, along with their iMovie about the New York City Ballet as part of “The Arts in New York City,” a program presenting the pioneering semester projects of the first class of the CUNY Honors College on December 13 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Many of the presentations by the 210 Honors College students were iMovies, created with the assistance of Technology Fellows, on the Macintosh iBook laptop computers that all Honors College students received.

The students have been organized into teams of five to seven students each across the five participating campuses to study some 30 arts organizations in New York City. They researched the purpose, audience, history, activities, management structure, governance, funding, space needs, and use of technology and advertising of each organization for their presentation

Six iMovies were selected for presentation on the big screen in the Graduate Center auditorium They were about South Street Seaport, Town Hall, the Guggenheim Museum the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in addition to the New York City Ballet. Members of the Ballet team included Jennifer Artesi, and Michelle Cruz, Hunter College; Polina Rosen, Brooklyn College; Kalliopi Georgalas and Nicoraiya Cohen, Baruch College; and Annamaria Barczak, Queens College. Chancellor Goldstein, and Executive Vice Chancellor Louise Mirrer brought greetings to the gathering.

CUNY is now accepting applications for next year’s Honors College, which will be extended to include Lehman College and the College of Staten Island as well as this year’s Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, and Queens Colleges. Honors College students on each campus will be designated University Schools. January 4 is the application deadline.

The City University of New York seeks students whose record of academic excellence in high school will provide the foundation for a rigorous intellectual experience in college. Admission is based on the high school academic record, SAT/ACT scores, an essay, recommendations, and in some cases, an interview. Special funding provides a package including free tuition and stipends as well as a free laptop computer, and an academic expense account to use for academically enriching experiences, such as study abroad, or to cover living expenses during an unpaid internship.

University Scholars participate in challenging honors programs at their home colleges. In the Honors College Seminars, students participate in a wide range of activities and common projects with Honors College students from other CUNY campuses. Students will become familiar with the arts, history and scientific and civic institutions of New York City and will have the opportunity in their junior and senior years to take courses across the University with leading scholars at any CUNY college.

A Cultural Passport provides entry to the riches of the city, including concerts, theater, museums and other cultural institutions. Activities associated with the Cultural Passport brings students in contact with people active in every aspect of city life including the arts, government, business and science. Opportunities are available for internships, mentoring experiences, research, and service learning.

The Honors College application may be downloaded on the Web at It is also available at the CUNY Office of Admission Services at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036, 1-800-CUNY YES (toll-free).