BFA in Dance

Dancing is what you want to do with your life and you enjoy every aspect of it: from ballet, improvisation and hip-hop to staging works both casual and formal. If you want to join one of the largest, most diverse undergraduate dance populations in the country – for whom the rigors and discipline of a conservatory are blended with intellectual life – then look no further than the Dance program at the University of the Arts.

You'll learn the foundations of dance in your freshman and sophomore years, through studio practice courses that weave both contemporary and traditional forms of training across the disciplines of ballet, modern and jazz, with a focus on choreography, improvisation, languaging dance and theory. In your junior and senior years, you'll have the freedom to shape your own direction of study through practice and performance of both new and historic dance works. Apprenticeships and internships help to round out your experience as do many choreographing and performance opportunities right here on campus, such as those available through our student composition concerts and Digizine, an online publication that supports the "Knowing Dance More" lecture series, which brings internationally recognized artists and scholars to campus six times a year.

Our location in the heart of Philadelphia's thriving art scene provides ample opportunities for students to work with professional dance companies like the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco!, Zero Moving Dance Company and others. Students also get an opportunity to work with New York-based dance organizations like Movement Research and Chez Bushwick & the Center for Performance Research. You'll also have the opportunity to study abroad in some of the most important dance and cultural centers in the world, like the Venice Biennale's Arsenale della Danza, the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and the National Choreographic Center in Paris.