Manhattanville College’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance degree offers a student centered education for the dancer who wants to perform and develop their technique.
Taught by professional choreographers, dancers, dance therapists, and experienced instructors, the dance curriculum encompasses practical skills in performance as well as general studies. Students in the dance program will not only develop into mature artists, but into critical, aware citizens ready to flourish in their careers. You will have the opportunity to perform in faculty, guest artist, and student work throughout the Division of Fine and Performing Arts season, as well as pursue outside dance experience.
Manhattanville’s dance major program is designed to reflect each dancer’s unique interests and career goals while allowing students to apply what they learn in the classroom on stage and in the studio. If you want to join a program allowing you to dance with NYC’s finest choreographers and teachers, Manhattanville’s B.A. in Dance degree program is for you.
Just a train ride away from the greatest dance city in the world, New York City, Manhattanville College’s B.A. in Dance program connects students with actual choreographers and dance companies to improve their technique as well as their employment potential upon graduation.
Flexible core requirements let students experience multiple genres of technique
Professional guest choreographers hold masterclasses in addition to technique classes taught by expert faculty; Dance majors meet and dance under multiple professional choreographers each semester
Students can audition for six mainstage productions each year
Dance majors learn how to choreograph, audition, and rehearse their own movement and perform in dance concerts open to the public
Through Dance on Camera, students produce filmed dances and engage with cameras, editing software, and choreography
Dance program faculty and the Center for Career Development help students develop and secure internship experiences in various fields of the industry
Whether you seek a degree that allows you to dance as much as possible, or you want a program that provides a holistic foundation for careers and graduate programs in dance, business, education, dance therapy, and more, Manhattanville’s B.A. in Dance builds the hands-on experience and research and theory-backed knowledge needed to become a dance professional.
Major Requirements and Outcomes
The dance program’s curriculum progressively builds studies in contemporary technique, emphasizing composition and choreography. Students will learn how to dance in a variety of genres using traditional styles and methods.
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance program requires core major courses as well as Manhattanville’s general education curriculum, with a total of 120 credits earned. Program requirements include:
44 credits in ballet, modern, choreography, performance, history, dance on camera and production courses
Total of 90 liberal arts credits fulfilling Bachelor of Arts requirements
A minimum of two public dance performances and one stage crew practicum
Completed First-Year and General Education curriculum requirements
Attendance at on-campus performances, recitals, and plays
Senior Thesis Project
Through general education courses and an experience-driven core curriculum, students in the B.A. in Dance learn a wide range of professional skills and knowledge in preparation for careers across the industry, from management to performance and beyond.
The core courses of the B.A. in Dance include opportunities to refine dance technique as well as learn the process of creative composition, stagecraft, and even foundational sports kinesiology. Students may take courses such as:
Modern Dance Technique
Technique Electives (Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Dance for Musical Theatre)
Dance History I and II
Dance on Camera
In addition to core dance courses and built-in performance opportunities, dance majors develop their skills in a specific area that supports their performance training through a special topics course. Students develop depth and breadth of knowledge of the craft by taking a course in:
Manhattanville’s dance degree program prepares students to become professional dancers, choreographers, teachers, and more. Students in the B.A. in Dance can also add to their extensive dance training and general studies with a double major or minor in business, marketing, computer science, or another performing arts discipline. Broadening areas of expertise can open unique opportunities to work alongside dance performance and production, from the business and leadership side to the tech side of the industry.
With a B.A. in Dance, graduates can pursue careers in areas such as:
Dance studio teaching
Dance studio management
Athletic coach or trainer
Students interested in careers in dance medicine, therapy, athletic training, or dance education may need to earn professional or graduate-level credentials in fields like education, counseling, therapy, or kinesiology.
Alumni of our B.A. in Dance program have worked in various capacities within the dance industry. They’ve danced for the following companies:
Whether you want to perform on stage, envision a career that spans the dance industry, or both, Manhattanville’s versatile B.A. in Dance ensures students can successfully pursue graduate programs and find their dream role (or many roles) after graduation.
Senior Thesis and Performance Projects
While there are several opportunities to perform both in class and through extracurriculars, each dance major at Manhattanville is required to participate in at least two final dance concerts and many participate every semester. These performances are rehearsed, teched, and performed for the public, each with professional guest choreographers.
Through a guided Senior Thesis, dance majors develop a resume, audition lists, a packet including headshots, and prepare theoretically and developmentally for their final project and performances. Students also gain valuable backstage experience by completing a production practicum, where they work as part of the stage crew on a dance or theatre production.
Backed by the pieces they develop and perform, the guided Senior Thesis, and special opportunities to choreograph other students or create dance on camera pieces, Manhattanville dance majors explore unique interests, career initiatives, and skills, building a resume and collecting content to use in future career auditions.
Dance Internships and Networking Opportunities
Manhattanville’s Center for Career Development helps dance majors who want to secure an internship in their field develop a relationship with an employer and find opportunities. Our students have completed professional experiences with leading dance companies, organizations, presenting agencies, studios, and festivals such as:
We know that to make it in the dance industry, knowing people helps. That’s why our technique masterclasses and dance concerts allow students to collaborate personally with professionals in dance, choreography, production, and more. As a dance major at Manhattanville, every semester will include opportunities to engage with the most prominent professionals in the field. Some of our recent guest artists who Manhattanville students collaborated with include:
Backed by real dance industry experience and a wide professional network, graduates of the B.A. in Dance program have a leg up after graduation, as the wide network they develop can lead to successful auditions down the road.
Dance Teams and Student Organizations
Alongside the built-in performance projects, Manhattanville dance majors can add to their resume and experience through participating in dance and performing arts student organizations. Some of these clubs can be joined by non-dance majors, and some include an audition process.
Manhattanville’s flexible and experience-driven approach to dance education allows students to pursue a career that fits their passions. Students can add a double major or minor in one of our Fine and Performing Arts programs or in a subject just as interesting to them.
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers the following bachelor’s degree programs:
Manhattanville College’s Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree incorporates specialized opportunities to gain working experience in a variety of fields within the dance industry. Request more information about the B.A. in Dance and learn how it fuels our graduates’ careers.