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Dance

Overview

Modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop … At Hofstra University, a major in Dance offers students a well-rounded education in all forms and styles of dance and choreography, with an emphasis in technique, composition, performance and production.

The campus is alive with movement throughout the academic year, as dance students participate in a variety of performances and enjoy opportunities to meet and work with renowned guest artists, such as Hofstra alumnus and Broadway choreographer Larry Keigwin, Bessie Award winner Seán Curran, and MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Martha Clarke. Most recently, Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp was a guest speaker on campus.

Students benefit from attending and participating in festivals, workshops, special dance programs and performances with our highly accomplished faculty. Hofstra’s proximity to New York City enriches the curriculum. It provides incomparable opportunities for internships and student teaching.

Curriculum

Hofstra does not require auditions for admission to the BA in Dance. Upon academic acceptance to the University, students may declare a major in dance major. This degree gives students the freedom to pursue a double major or minor in other subjects, if desired. (Students may also minor in Dance.)

The BA Dance curriculum, which complements the university’s liberal arts program, is comprehensive, with a focus not only on developing technical proficiency in traditional and contemporary styles of dance, but also on the performing industry, the history of dance, dance appreciation, dance production, movement analysis, and other aspects of the art form.  

In addition to the BA in Dance, Hofstra offers a BFA in Dance Performance for students who want to immerse themselves in a more intensive program leading to careers in performance and choreography. An audition is required for admission, as well as a personal interview with dance faculty.

The BS in Education: Dance Education -- the only such program on Long Island -- is designed to prepare students to become skilled dance instructors at the K-12 education level. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of dance in all grades.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Dance Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Many of Hofstra’s Dance and Dance Education majors attain positions with prestigious employers. Others seek to further their studies at top graduate schools. Recent graduates have found work at Ballet Austin, Walt Disney Company, America's Got Talent, Warner Bros. Records, the New York International Fringe Festival, Columbia Artists Theatricals, Live Nation and Playwrights Horizons. Alumni are working as the manager of entertainment teams for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty and Coach of the Knicks City Dancers. They have worked as dancers for the New York Baroque Dance Co., the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Seán Curran Company, the David Parker and The Bang Group. They have been performing with the Radio City Rockettes, with the world tour of Flashdance the Musical and on Broadway in Finding Neverland, the revival of Fiddler on the Roof and the recent televised production of Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE.

They are pursuing graduate studies at schools such as UCLA, Emerson College, Yale University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Antioch University, CUNY City College, CUNY Hunter College, Kent State University and University of Connecticut.

Among BA and BFA Dance majors

100% report employment/grad school or both
92% are employed within six months
$36K median salary

Among Dance Education majors

100% also report employment/grad school or both
91% report finding employment within six month
$54K median salary
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What You'll Learn

Dance Teacher teaching student

In-depth classroom courses and instruction in our state-of-the-art dance studios enable our Dance majors to

  • become proficient in multiple dance disciplines
  • broaden their understanding of dance as an art form throughout history
  • obtain technical expertise and understanding in exercise systems and somatic practices
  • develop the skills necessary to evaluate dancing and dance experiences
  • mature as choreographers and performers
  • learn cooperation and collaboration with other performers

Experience

Students dancing

Hofstra Dance students have ample opportunities to enrich their education with experiences both on and off campus. Fall and spring department dance concerts are presented annually. Students are also invited to take part in the Student Rep, a festival of student performances held at the end of each semester.

During freshman year, students travel into New York City to see dance performances as part of the First Year Connections cluster (clusters are sets of two or three classes, linked by a common theme, that fulfill general education requirements).

In addition, each spring Dance majors attend the American College Dance Festival, where they showcase their original choreography, take classes and connect with other students, faculty and professionals outside of Hofstra. Our Dance department also organizes an annual choreographic seminar in Manhattan where our students’ original work is presented.

Students also enjoy volunteering their time to lead creative dance workshops in partnership with AHRC of Long Island, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Each semester students produce a show with the disabled adults of AHRC -- a highly rewarding experience. Dance Education students also have the opportunity to work with children enrolled in Hofstra’s Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute.

Many organizations and clubs on campus support and promote dance. Dance majors are required to be active members of MoVoM, a student-administered Hofstra Dance Program performance group. Other groups include Dance Works; Imani, which unites hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, jazz and house styles; and Rhythmix, a tap dance club.

The Hofstra University Dance Team (HUDT) performs at University athletic events and events off campus. One of the premier college dance programs in the United States, HUDT has been nationally ranked in the top ten for 21 years.

Spring Dance Concert

Meet Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker '11

Sarah Parker ’11 was featured in NBC’s 2018 broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE starring John Legend. In 2015 she made her Broadway debut in Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

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