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, Director of School of Dance Dance

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

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Kim Bears-Bailey

Dance
Douglas Becker headshot
Douglas Becker

Dance
Wayne David headshot
Wayne David

Dance
Tommie Waheed Evans headshot
Tommie-Waheed Evans

Dance
Curt Haworth headshot
Curt Haworth

Dance
Shayla-Vie Jenkins headshot
Shayla-Vie Jenkins

Dance
Gary W. Jeter II headshot
Gary W. Jeter II

Dance (MFA)
Niall Jones Headshot
Niall Jones

Dance
Jenn McGinn headshot
Jen McGinn

Dance
Paul Matteson headshot
Paul Matteson

Dance
Jimena Paz headshot
Jimena Paz

Dance
Sara Procopio Headshot
Sara Procopio

Dance
Michael Sheridan headshot
Michael Sheridan

Dance
Katie Swords headshot
Katie Swords Thurman

Dance
Jesse Zarritt headshot
Jesse Zaritt

Dance

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
Ronald K. Brown
Ronald K. Brown

Dance
Arcell Kabuag
Arcell Cabaug

Dance
Elisa Clark headshot
Elisa Clark

Dance
Thaddeus Davis headshot
Thaddeus Davis

Dance
Beth Gill Headshot
Beth Gill

Dance
Marguerite Hemmings heashot
Marguerite Hemmings

Dance
Gerard Kelly Schindler
Gerard & Kelly

Dance
Juel D Lane headshot
Juel D. Lane

Dance
Andrea Miller headshot
Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance

Dance
Milton Myers headshot
Milton Myers

Dance
Jennifer Nugent headshot
Jennifer Nugent

Dance
Kaneza Schall headshot
Kaneza Schall

Dance
With Care Bobbi Jene Smith Matthew Placek
Bobbi Jene Smith

Dance
Teddy Tedholm headshot
Teddy Tedholm

Dance
Helen Simoneau headshot
Helen Simoneau

Dance
Tanya Wideman-Davis headshot
Tanya Wideman-Davis

Dance
Netta Yerushalmy headshot
Netta Yerushalmy

Dance

Knowing Dance More Series
Fall 2019

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September 18 | Orientation
September 25 - October 2 | School for Temporary Liveness
October 9 | Study Hall

Knowing Dance More events on September 18 and October 9 take place from 11:30-12:50pm in the Y Gym Dance Theater | 401 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA.

Curated by Lauren Bakst
University of the Arts School of Dance

September 18 | Orientation w. Lauren Bakst

In this Orientation, curator Lauren Bakst will introduce students to the School for Temporary Liveness and the ways they can participate.

September 25-October 2 | School for Temporary Liveness

The School for Temporary Liveness is a week-long series of performances, workshops, talks, conversations and new formats for study inhabiting the poetic frame of a school. Presented by University of the Arts School of Dance and supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the School for Temporary Liveness brings together an international roster of artists and scholars including nora chipaumire, Isabel Lewis, Rizvana Bradley, Jarrett Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Colin Self, Jackie Wang and Simone White.

Housed within the Philadelphia Art Alliance and open to the public from 4 to 10 p.m. daily with a 24-hour cycle over the weekend, the School for Temporary Liveness invites anyone who participates to consider themselves a student, and to engage in new forms of spectatorship and ways of being together.

Learn more about the School for Temporary Liveness.

October 9 | Study Hall

In Study Hall, students will critically reflect on their experiences in the School for Temporary Liveness through temporary formations that animate the roles of the teacher, student and witness.

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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
Dance History, Theory and Criticism I
Extended Studio Practice Somatic Lab

Third Year
Junior Seminar
Performance Pedagogies of Dance
Studio Practice
Solo Studies
Collaborative Practice and the Choreographic
Dance History, Theory and Criticism II

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.

To explore the full curriculum, click here.

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
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Marc Crousillat

BFA '13

Dance
Keenan Washington headshot
Keenan Washington

BFA '14

Dance
Gary Reagan headshot
Gary Reagan

BFA '15

Dance
Wendell Gray
Wendell Gray II

BFA ' 15

Dance
Yazzmeen Laidler BFA '17 (Dance)
Yazzmeen Laidler

BFA '16

Dance
Stanley Glover headshot
Stanley Glover

BFA '16

Dance
Donovan Reed
Donovan Reed

BFA ' 16

Dance
Onyxx Noel headshot
Onyxx Noel

BFA '17

Dance
Haley Sung headshot
Haley Sung

BFA '17

Dance
Roderick Phifer BFA '17 (Dance)
Roderick Phifer

BFA '17

Dance
Cameron Birts headshot
Cameron Birts

BFA '17

Dance
Michele Dooley
Michele Dooley

BFA '17

Dance
Marco Farroni
Marco Farroni

BFA '17

Dance
Chanel Howard headshot
Chanel Howard

BFA '18

Dance
Teigha Beth Bailey
Teigha Beth Bailey

BFA '18

Dance
Mikhail Calliste
Mikhail Calliste

BFA '18

Dance

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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