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Career Potential

Students with a major in dance graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that are highly regarded in today's competitive performing arts industry. Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in dance, 100% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $38,000.

Some examples of positions our recent graduates hold include:

  • Dancer, Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Dancer, Sean Curran Company
  • Dancer, David Parker and The Bang Group
  • Lead actress/dancer in world tour of Flashdance, the Musical
  • Performer in The Grand Paradise
  • Dancer, Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof (Choreographer: Hofesh Schecter)
  • Dancer, Finding Neverland on Broadway
  • Manager of Entertainment Teams for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty and Coach of the Knicks City Dancers
  • Dancer, Robin Becker Dance
  • Dancer, The New York Baroque Dance Co. (performances at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center)
  • Dancer, Radio City Rockettes
  • Dancer, Chuggington Live! children's musical (US and Canadian tour)
  • Dancer, Erica Essner Performance Co-op
  • Dancer with Urban Bush Women, Rennie Harris/Puremovement, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
  • Actor, dancer, singer in national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Founder and Artistic Director of Keigwin + Company
  • Founder and Artistic Director of KaKe Dance
  • Founder and Artistic Director of Neshamah Dance Co.
  • Dancer, Mary Poppins (Kansas City Starlight Theatre)
  • Dancer, mishiDance Company
  • Dancer, The Median Movement (Xan Burley and Alex Springer)
  • Dancer, Sonia Plumb Dance Co.
  • Dancer, Stephanie Nelson Dance Group and Yin Yue Dance Co.
  • Company Manager, Movement Workshop Group
  • Company Manager, Gallim Dance Company
  • Operations Manager, STEPS on Broadway
  • Director, Pentacle Arts Management's Cultivating Leadership in Dance Program
  • Tour/Production Associate, IMG Artists (Attractions and Dance Divisions)
  • Teacher, Long Island High School for the Performing Arts
  • Teacher, Long Island Academy of Dance
  • Teacher, Long Island Lutheran High School 

Examples of companies where recent graduates are working:

  • Ballet Austin
  • Walt Disney Company
  • America's Got Talent
  • Warner Bros. Records
  • New York International Fringe Festival
  • 12th Street Films
  • Actor's Co-op
  • Barrington (MA) Stage Company
  • Bay Colony (MA) Shakespeare Company
  • Columbia Artists Theatricals
  • Daryl Roth Theatre
  • DirecTV
  • iHeartMedia
  • Live Nation
  • Playwrights Horizons
  • Rachael Ray Show
  • Theater Now New York
  • Town Hall Concert Hall
  • Yelp

Additionally, recent graduates are pursuing advanced degrees at institutions such as:

  • UCLA
  • Emerson College
  • Yale University
  • Columbia University
  • Rutgers University
  • Antioch University
  • CUNY CIty College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Hofstra University
  • Kent State University
  • University of Connecticut

* Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety

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