Drama and Dance

What our alumni say about the dance program:

“I am truly grateful to the teachers at Hofstra for encouraging me and fostering my talent. I really credit them for leading the way for me and opening many doors.”

Larry Keigwin (1994), Bessie Award-winning Artistic Director of Keigwin + Company,
Choreographer for the Broadway musical, If/Then
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“Going into Hofstra I already had extensive ballet experience at some of the country’s best ballet schools. Through my professors and courses, I learned to look beyond ballet technique and explore dance in all its capacities. Hofstra also gave me opportunities to forge relationships through movement, with friends, and most notably, with the professors. Later, these connections helped me find work in the field of dance. Now, I dance for New York Theatre Ballet, an opportunity that arose out of an honor’s option I did with Rachel List [the program director]. My time at Hofstra revolutionized and expanded my outlook on ballet and on dance - it was a transformative experience for me.”

Julian Donahue (2019) BA in Dance (dual major in Political Science), member of New York Theatre Ballet

Julian Donahue

"Hofstra University's Dance Education program prepared me with all the necessary tools I need as a dance educator. Because of this program, it has been possible to manage a dance performance career along with teaching dance to high school students."

Kevin Williams (2016) BS in Dance Ed, member of the Amy Marshall Dance Company and dance teacher at the Hyde Leadership Charter School

Kevin Williams

"I am so grateful to the Hofstra Dance Program for personally connecting me to some of the artists at the forefront of today's modern dance scene! The majority of my professional opportunities have come from Amy Marshall, my professor and choreographer at Hofstra, and Larry Keigwin, another Hofstra alum. I also made countless other connections while in the program."

Julia Neto (BA 2015) Member of the Amy Marshall Dance Company

Julia Neto

“Attending Hofstra University provided me with the ability to explore my interests through the guidance of talented and caring professors and administrators.  These giving individuals empowered me to pursue and earn my Bachelor's degree in Dance and Film Production and to pursue a Master's degree in Performance Studies at NYU Tisch.  My experience at Hofstra, specifically in the Dance program, gave me the confidence and artistic discipline to launch my dance company Neshamah in New York City.”

Hannah Cohen (2014), MA in performance studies, NYU (2015), Artistic Director of Neshamah Dance  

Hannah Cohen

“Hofstra gave me the tools that I needed to succeed after college, as an individual and as a performer. The professors I had and the classes that I took pushed me out of my comfort zone while helping me find my individuality at the same time. As a performer, it is so important to know what makes you unique and to utilize that in every audition and job you encounter. However, it is also extremely essential to be able to adapt to what is being asked of you. Hofstra taught me how to balance both, which I have found to be very useful in my post-college years.”

Julia Macchio (2014), recently wrapped international tour of “Flashdance the Musical,” in which she held the lead role
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Julia Macchio

“Being a student in the dance department was helpful to my career because it taught me to be open minded towards all art forms and all styles of dance. The department made me a versatile dancer, and I am so thankful for that. It also taught me that you are not guaranteed anything, but if you work hard, you will be successful.”

Caitlin Sheppard (2014), cast member, Chuggington Live! and freelance dancer (Of Bones Dance and Neshamah Dance Company)

Caitlin Sheppard

"I have always felt that college is meant to provide two invaluable assets in life: solid training and a good network in your chosen field. The Hofstra Dance Department and its amazing faculty have equipped me with a technical training in which I have confidence, and their support and guidance has continued into my professional career today. Choosing Hofstra has proven itself to be a phenomenal decision, one that has given me both the ability to succeed, as well as the connections to make it happen."

Ricky Wenthen (2014), a member of the Robin Becker Dance company and the Sean Curran Company

Ricky Wenthen

“Hofstra was the best choice for me to get a well-rounded dance education. The faculty provided a diverse and challenging technical training, while channeling the artistic nature of each individual dancer. The wisdom passed down to the students through this program is absolutely invaluable. This program provided me with the tools to begin a successful career in arts administration, while fostering the artistic intuition to live my dream as a choreographer.”

Matthew Martine ’12, Operations Manager of Gallim Dance

Matthew Martine

“Hofstra's close proximity to NYC allowed our professors to have us as students attend a lot of professional dance performances and events. This definitely gave us a huge head-start once we graduated and had to suddenly navigate our own ways through the real-world of dance. We already had a good idea of what was out there and where to find it.”

Sarah Parker ’11, NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE starring John Legend, Fiddler on the Roof (2015 Broadway revival), and freelance dancer (member, Yin Yue Dance and Stefanie Nelson Dance Group)
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Sarah Parker

“My time at Hofstra opened my eyes to the professional dance world in NYC. Not only did our teachers teach us about technique and performance, but they informed us about the realities of the industry ... how to organize your finances, manage your time, and stay relevant in this changing art form. All of these skills proved themselves valuable as both a dancer and arts administrator.”

Clarissa Soto '11, Arts Administrator at Pentacle and dance teacher and a Hispanic Coalition of NY 40 under 40 Rising Latino Star for 2016

Clarissa Soto

“Hofstra put me in an environment where I was pushed and encouraged to go further than I ever thought possible for myself.”

Matthew Tiberi (2011), Finding Neverland (Vacation Swing); Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Nat'l Tour); Fighting Gravity (with choreographer Sonya Tayeh)

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Matthew Tiberi

“Hofstra and its faculty made me a well-rounded artist. The dance program wasn't just about honing technique. We were taught how to view and speak about our art form, how to conduct ourselves in a professional setting, and how to translate our skills to help others, which to me is immeasurable in importance.”

Kristen Collins (2010), Freelance dancer/choreographer, Artistic Director of Downstage Dance School

Kristen Collins

“I graduated from Hofstra with a BS in Dance Education. I had the best of both worlds in that I was part of a diverse, challenging dance program with a talented, renowned faculty and I was also fully prepared to fulfill my passion of teaching dance in the public school system. I am very grateful to have studied in such a supportive environment where I was able to hone in on my strengths and develop them to become the educator I am today. ”

Lindsey Nicastro '10, Dance Specialist, P.S. 506, Brooklyn, NY

Lindsey Nicastro

“Out of 165 applicants, the instructional supervisor said I was the only one with experience teaching to elementary, high school and special education students. Hofstra has truly created a Dance Education program that stands out from the rest.”

Christina Stampolis (2010) BS in Education/Dance Ed. 
Dance teacher at The Lorge School in Chelsea, Manhattan


“I loved all of my dance classes. I didn't start my formal dance training until I was 18 years old. So, every time I got exposed to a new dance class, it was a new and exciting experience for me. … I learned not to limit life to the restraints of your degree. Why can't a dance major become a tech guy? Why can't a business major decide to pursue an acting career? Do what you love to do, create your own path in life, and seize opportunities.”

Scott Corr (2008), Dancer, Choreographer and Founder RealMenLiftWomen.com
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Scott Corr

“The best advice I could give to Hofstra students is to simply work hard toward your goals, and if you apply yourself you can absolutely attain them. I earned a BA in dance and psychology from Hofstra. It wasn't easy managing both workloads; however, it surely prepared me for the position I have today at Madison Square Garden.”

Melissa Unterstein (2007), manager of entertainment teams for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty
and coach of the Knicks City Dancers.

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Melissa Unterstein

“Many of my dance jobs have come from the connections I was able to develop during my time at Hofstra.”

Gregory Youdan (2007), Member Heidi Latsky Dance/GIMP Project, 
New York Baroque Dance Company, Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble


“I chose Hofstra University because it gave me that beautiful college campus feel, as well as the intense dance program I was looking for. The professors I worked with gave me the knowledge, experience and motivation that has helped me achieve all that I have thus far in my dance career.”

Tara Jean Dunleavy-Tubridy (2004), Performer in National Broadway tours of Oklahoma! and Movin’ Out
Radio City Rockette since 2007
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Tara Jean Dunleavy-Tubridy

“For me Hofstra became the gateway to finding my own voice; it gave me a new perspective on dance as an art form and as a means for communication.”

Remi Harris (2004), Teaching Artist in the New York City Public Schools,
Freelance Dancer and Choreographer


“Hofstra set the stage for an awakening in my life. It provided the mentors and the time for me to discover that I am an artist, and begin my journey on that path."

Lindsey Leduc (2004), Giordano Dance Chicago company member 2004-2013
Joffrey Academy of Chicago Faculty, Choreographer

(Photo by Gorman Cook)


“The dance program at Hofstra gave me the hunger and drive to continue my career as a dancer in New York City. I had wonderful teachers that prepared me for working professionally, building relationships with working choreographers, auditioning, and living the dancer’s life. I am where I am today because of their constant inspiration and encouragement.”

Christina Lynch Markham (2004), Member Paul Taylor Dance Company
(Pictured: Christina Lynch Markham and Nic Ceynowa. Photo by Tom Caravaglia)

Lynch Markham

“The dance program really instilled a lot of discipline in me that I could carry over to the professional life of a dancer. My focus on ballet and modern at Hofstra really gave me such a strong sense of technical training and strength.”

Jessica Press, former New York Knicks City Dancer, best actress nominee for the popular Web series Hustling, TV and film actress
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Jessica Press