The Bachelor of Arts program in Dance integrates the study of dance within a liberal arts curriculum.

As a dance major at DeSales, you'll develop your technical and creative potential while learning to express yourself as a diverse and informed artist. Our theoretical and practical approach to the art of dance will stimulate your physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth and prepare you for a professional career in the field of dance. 


Interested in auditioning for acceptance into the dance department? Here's how:

  • Second, it is preferred that you attend the Dance Department Audition Day scheduled each January.

work with performing arts professionals at DeSales University

The DeSales dance department, in partnership with Silo and Dancenow/NYC, brings in more than 20 guest artists per year to teach master classes and to choreograph. You'll be given unique opportunities to participate in historical reconstructions of masterworks of choreography and to perform in concert with touring professional companies, such as LEVYdance and the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. You'll work with innovative dance professionals and be exposed to a wide variety of approaches to dance. As a result, you'll become well-rounded in your technique and have a broad view of the possibilities of working in the field.

All dance majors take the following courses:

  • Freshman and Senior Seminars

  • Modern

  • Ballet

  • Composition

  • Laban Movement Analysis

  • Teaching Methods

  • Dance History

  • Dance Production

  • Dance in World Cultures

  • Kinesiology

  • Dance on Camera

Elective coursework includes:

  • Jazz 

  • West African 

  • Pointe and Partnering

  • Tap

  • Ballroom

  • Special Topics

Learn to teach 

The Conservatory of Dance provides the community with affordable, quality dance training while giving upper class dance majors an opportunity to teach. Develop your resume by providing quality dance

instruction to our surrounding community, and hone your teaching skills under faculty supervision. Many students have graduated from our department with a BA in dance and four years of teaching experience.

Summer Dance Intensive

The Summer Dance Intensive offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The two-week program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Additional classes are offered in West African dance, body percussion, Hip-Hop, Pilates, and yoga. Students who graduate on or before 2015 can register to receive college credit.