We have two application dates because some of our opportunities begin very early in July, so selection must take place in June. Having an early opportunity deadline encourages early application without denying participation to those who are transitioning (to professional life from school, to a new city, etc.) and unable to apply by June 1. Additionally, in the past, when we had one application date, we refrained from many summer opportunities, but this is actually when many candidates are most available for taking an Observership. And finally, with a small staff to process more than 300 applications prior to evaluation by professional directors and choreographers (and with many other programs running consecutively – explore our other programs on our website!), having two deadlines makes the program administration more manageable and waiting time shorter for applicants.