The Dance program at the University of the Arts is one of the top-rated, most diverse undergraduate dance populations in the country. Our location is in the heart of Philadelphia's thriving art scene. You'll have the opportunity to study with some of the finest professional teaching artists in the world, and extend your dancing into our city and beyond into some of the most important dance and cultural centers in the world.

Apprenticeships, internships and international study cycles will be woven into your college experience. Many choreographic and performance experiences abound right on campus, such as those available through our Thinking, Making, Doing curriculum series and Senior Projects.

We look for dancers who are curious, independent thinkers and have an openness that transcends the formality of an audition. We take time to imagine how a student will grow and contribute within our community as well as the world.
— Donna Faye Burchfield, Dean of The School of Dance Dance (BFA)

Your classes will be led by passionate instructors who love dance as much as you do. From ballet to hip-hop, jazz to modern, you'll have the opportunity to learn from instructors with a variety of dance backgrounds and expertise. Click on the images below to meet faculty of the Dance program.

Donna Faye Burchfield Headshot
Donna Faye Burchfield

Kim Bears
Kim Bears-Bailey

Dance (BFA)
Douglas Becker headshot
Douglas Becker

Dance (BFA)
Wayne David headshot
Wayne David

Dance (BFA)
Tommie Waheed Evans headshot
Tommie-Waheed Evans

Dance (BFA)
Curt Haworth headshot
Curt Haworth

Dance (BFA)
Shayla-Vie Jenkins headshot
Shayla-Vie Jenkins

Dance (BFA)
Gary W. Jeter II headshot
Gary W. Jeter II

Dance (MFA)
Niall Jones
Niall Jones

Dance (BFA)
Jenn McGinn headshot
Jen McGinn

Dance (BFA)
Paul Matteson headshot
Paul Matteson

Dance (BFA)
Jimena Paz headshot
Jimena Paz

Dance (BFA)
Sara Procopio Headshot
Sara Procopio

Dance (BFA)
Michael Sheridan headshot
Michael Sheridan

Dance (BFA)
Katie Swords headshot
Katie Swords Thurman

Dance (BFA)
Jesse Zarritt headshot
Jesse Zaritt

Dance (BFA)

Click on the images below to meet visiting artists of the Dance program.

This fall, the School of Dance will also host a dynamic programming series called the School for Temporary Liveness.
Learn more. 

Robert Battle headshot
Robert Battle

Dance (BFA)
Ronald K. Brown
Ronald K. Brown

Dance (BFA)
Arcell Kabuag
Arcell Cabaug

Dance (BFA)
Elisa Clark headshot
Elisa Clark

Dance (BFA)
Thaddeus Davis headshot
Thaddeus Davis

Dance (BFA)
Fana Fraser Headshot
Fana Fraser

Dance (BFA)
Beth Gill Headshot
Beth Gill

Dance (BFA)
Gerard Kelly Schindler
Gerard & Kelly

Dance (BFA)
Juel D Lane headshot
Juel D. Lane

Dance (BFA)
Andrea Miller headshot
Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance

Dance (BFA)
Milton Myers headshot
Milton Myers

Dance (BFA)
Jennifer Nugent headshot
Jennifer Nugent

Dance (BFA)
Kaneza Schall headshot
Kaneza Schall

Dance (BFA)
With Care Bobbi Jene Smith Matthew Placek
Bobbi Jene Smith

Dance (BFA)
Teddy Tedholm headshot
Teddy Tedholm

Dance (BFA)
Helen Simoneau headshot
Helen Simoneau

Dance (BFA)
Maleek Washington headshot
Maleek Washington

Dance (BFA)
Thom White headshot
Thom White

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Tanya Wideman-Davis headshot
Tanya Wideman-Davis

Dance (BFA)
Netta Yerushalmy headshot
Netta Yerushalmy

Dance (BFA)

Knowing Dance More Series

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Presented by the UArts School of Dance, Knowing Dance More is a series of lectures, conversations, and informal showings led by important artists and scholars in the international field of dance. This series brings into focus current issues within the production, performance, and practice of dance works and will hopefully foster ongoing conversations about knowing dance (more).

Upcoming events TBA.

View past KDM Events
 

Sample Courses in the Dance Major

First Year
Body Pathways
Studio Practice: Ballet
Contemporary Art Practices
Studio Practice: Modern, Jazz & Hip-hop
First-Year Performance Workshop
Introduction to Improvisation Performance Practice
Languaging Dance, Thinking Choreographically

Second Year
Sophomore Performance & Coaching Project
Studio Practice: Ballet
Studio Practice: Modern, Jazz & Hip-hop
Movement Invention & Theatricality
Expanded Field in Dance & Performance                                Critical Dance Studies I
Body Pathways Movement Lab

Third Year
Junior Seminar
Performance Pedagogies of Dance
Studio Practice
Solo Studies
Collaborative Practice and the Choreographic                            Critical Dance Studies II
Body Pathways Research Lab
 

Fourth Year
Senior Seminar
Senior Thesis Workshop
Performance Pedagogies of Dance
Studio Practice
Choreography as Research
Improvisation as Research in Performance

About the Curriculum

The School of Dance’s major course of study takes the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory while engaging students in open discussions within their own practice, valuing their voices as capable of developing new and critical perspectives in dance. These strategies give way to student driven pathways and expand the ways students can access and think about the practices and techniques of making and performing dance. 

It is divided into two parts: Foundation Series (freshman and sophomore years) and Portfolio & Research Series (junior and senior).

The faculty of the School of Dance have developed five essential learning goals that help to shape the school’s curriculum and the young dance artist and professional.

  • Mutuality: Students will activate relationships in dance on personal, collective, regional and global levels.
  • Relationality: Students will engage with the world through multiple lenses of collaboration, exchange and difference.
  • Expressivity: Students will develop tools and ideas of expression to speak, write, and dance about/with/of/alongside.
  • Sustainability: Students will be immersed in anatomically sound technical training that consistently weaves and references both historical and emerging techniques, forms and styles through informed somatic practices.
  • Resourcefulness: Students will develop and sharpen skills of reciprocity, relationship and network building through consistent contact with professional artists in the expanded field both within their communities and in the world.

These learning goals are mapped across courses in six different categories: Studio Practice; Body Pathways;  Thinking, Making, Doing; History, Theory and Criticism; Capstone Experiences; and Performance Pedagogies of Dance.

Explore the full curriculum

Explore profiles of some of our recent graduates. Click each image below to learn more.

Amanda K'mett Pendry BFA '13 (Dance)
Amanda K'mett Pendry

BFA '13

Dance (BFA)
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Marc Crousillat

BFA '13

Dance (BFA)
Keenan Washington headshot
Keenan Washington

BFA '14

Dance (BFA)
Gary Reagan headshot
Gary Reagan

BFA '15

Dance (BFA)
Wendell Gray
Wendell Gray II

BFA ' 15

Dance (BFA)
Yazzmeen Laidler BFA '17 (Dance)
Yazzmeen Laidler

BFA '16

Dance (BFA)
Stanley Glover headshot
Stanley Glover

BFA '16

Dance (BFA)
Donovan Reed
Donovan Reed

BFA ' 16

Dance (BFA)
Onyxx Noel headshot
Onyxx Noel

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Haley Sung headshot
Haley Sung

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Roderick Phifer BFA '17 (Dance)
Roderick Phifer

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Cameron Birts headshot
Cameron Birts

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Michele Dooley
Michele Dooley

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Marco Farroni
Marco Farroni

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)
Chanel Howard headshot
Chanel Howard

BFA '18

Dance (BFA)
Teigha Beth Bailey
Teigha Beth Bailey

BFA '18

Dance (BFA)
Mikhail Calliste
Mikhail Calliste

BFA '18

Dance (BFA)
Thom White headshot
Thom White

BFA '17

Dance (BFA)

With the goal of educating thinking artists as world citizens, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia sets in motion a new Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Dance that extends the context of learning from the studio, theater and classroom to the international festival environment as a space for learning.

Explore Dance MFA Program

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