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Train in the Certificate Program and experience Peridance's vibrant dance community in the heart of New York City while preparing for a professional career in dance!

The Certificate Program is open to Domestic and International Students.

The two-year Certificate Program is designed for serious dance students between 17 and 25 years old who want to invest in an intense collegiate-level training program. Our renowned faculty and comprehensive curriculum prepares students to be technically accomplished, versatile, and fully equipped to be successful in the professional dance world.

The Certificate Program's objectives are to provide a deep understanding of proper dance technique and performance expression, to foster extensive knowledge of the chosen dance track, and to develop a professional attitude. Performance skills are honed through numerous performance opportunities, seminars, and workshops.

The program offers two tracks: Ballet/Contemporary and Commercial. The curriculum offers a minimum of three classes per day, five days a week for each track. The program emphasizes personal attention and mentoring in order to nurture each student's full potential as a performer and an individual. Technique classes are drawn from course offerings designed especially for the Certificate Program to provide specialized experiences for the pre-professional student, and also from Peridance's open class offerings, which allow the dancers to train alongside New York City and international professional dancers in a dynamic environment.

To facilitate their transformation into well-rounded dance professionals, students attend technique classes in varying dance styles relevant to their chosen track and non-studio classes and seminars that flesh out their education and knowledge of the field. Students receive letter grades in all technique and non-studio classes, as well as in Workshops, Performance Analyses, and Independent Study Projects.

Upon graduation from the Certificate Program, students who have satisfactorily fulfilled all requirements will receive from Peridance either a Certificate of Completion, Certificate of Excellence, or Certificate of Excellence with Honors in recognition of their scholastic and performing achievements.


The Certificate Program offers postsecondary students seeking professional careers in dance an opportunity to hone their technique in a guided environment. We aspire to provide dancers with a multi-faceted dance education, resulting in graduates who are technically accomplished, versatile, and disciplined. Students who complete the program are prepared to work in the competitive international dance arena, supported by strong technique, artistic sensibility, and overall a comprehensive education.

Ballet/Contemporary Track

This track offers training with established and innovative faculty in classical ballet, modern, and the latest contemporary techniques to prepare students for work with major dance companies and the concert stage. This track includes classes such as pointe, men's class, partnering, improvisation, voice, and more.

Commercial Track

This track offers training with the industry's leading professionals in hip hop, theater dance, contemporary, and jazz to prepare students for careers on Broadway and in the commercial dance world including music videos, commercials, and industrials. This track includes classes such as contemporary, waacking, house, hip hop, dance hall, ballet, acting, voice, and more.

Both Tracks include:

  • 3-4 technique classes per day, 5 days a week
  • Dance and performance-based academic classes
  • Repertory rehearsals with rotating choreographers
  • Performance and choreographic opportunities
  • Access to specialized seminars and workshops
  • Body conditioning classes including Yoga/Pilates/Stretch/GYROKINESIS
  • Personal mentoring and guidance
  • Contact and network-building with top choreographers, teachers, directors, and agents


The Certificate Program requires a commitment of 2 years (4 semesters - 18 weeks each) and has rolling enrollment. Dancers can enter the program in September or January each year. Any dancers interested in applying for the Program must be at an intermediate level or higher, within the ages of 17-25 at the time of his or her projected enrollment date, and must audition for the Program per Peridance Capezio Center's policy and guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

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For more information about the program or if you have any questions, please e-mail Certificate Program Coordinator, certificateprogram@peridance.com or call (212) 505-0886.

Student Handbook

Find all the information you need in the Certificate Program Student Handbook!

Course Catalogs

Ballet / Contemporary Track
Commercial Track