Drama and Dance

Dance Career Potential

Students with a dance major graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that is highly regarded in today's competitive performing arts industry. Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in dance, 100 percent of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among Hofstra graduates who majored in drama and dance and reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $40,000.

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:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Ballet Austin
  • Barrington Stage Company
  • Boston Ballet
  • CBS/ CBS News
  • Joyce Theater
  • Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
  • NY International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)
  • Second Stage Theater Company
  • Walt Disney Company

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

  • American Public University
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Hofstra University
  • Kent State University
  • Lesley University
  • Naropa University
  • UCLA
  • University of Pennsylvania

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017-May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 17-18 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and are based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. 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.