The School of Dance at the University of the Arts is made up of 300 talented, self-expressive students, and a faculty of exceptional and accomplished professionals whose abilities and experiences are diverse and far-reaching.
A bold new vision
Our innovative curricular approach brings young dance artists as close as possible to the professional world that they will, eventually, help to define. Through a multitude of approaches within the extensive range of courses and opportunities across the University, students are encouraged to think of dance as a dynamic form filled with possibilities and potential.
Intensive studio practice weaves traditional study of ballet, modern and jazz alongside hip-hop, improvisation, partnering and tap. The performing and making of dances encourages students to experiment, work collaboratively, present their own ideas and receive constructive feedback in a supportive environment.
Under the leadership of director Donna Faye Burchfield, the School of Dance is committed to helping students gather knowledge, develop skills and hone their own directions to respond to the ever-changing field of dance in the world. Apprenticeships and internships are encouraged and supported within Philadelphia, across the U.S. and abroad.
Dancers train in 14 fully equipped studios and the vibrant Philadelphia dance scene provides extensive opportunities for students to work with top-level companies. Guest choreographers and visiting artists from across the globe are on campus every year to set both new and historically repertory works.
Who are our School of Dance students and alumni?
UArts School of Dance students and alumni continue to meet the rigorous demands of the professional world. Recent graduates joined the companies of Ballet X, Momix, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Armitage! Dance and the Broadway touring company of “Fela.” Our students have performed on Fox TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” CBS TV’s “Live to Dance” and Ovation’s “A Chance to Dance.” For three consecutive years, UArts dancers were the only U.S. students accepted to the Arsenale della Danza at the Venice Biennale, and a vibrant menu of international cultural exchanges have included recent visits to the National Center for Dance in Paris, Konservatorium Vienna in Austria and the Festival d’Avignon in southern France.