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The Dance Studies Program is a 12-month training program for domestic and international F-1 Visa students, 18 years old and up. The program is designed for students on all levels of experience, who wish to develop their technical and artistic abilities in an independent yet structured setting. The program is comprised of 48 weeks of classes and a 4-week vacation. Each student is guided by a faculty Mentor who is assigned at the beginning of the program, based on their major area of focus. Students are expected to take 18 hours of study per week, which is approximately 3 classes per day. . During three months of the program, students take part in a contemporary dance workshop, which leads to a presentation in the Salvatore Capezio Theater. Students can start the program the first day of each month throughout the year.
The purpose of the program is to:
- Increase a student's technical level of proficiency in their area of focus, improving their skill set as a dancer
- Expose a student to contemporary and urban dance techniques that might not be accessible in their home country
- Offer a safe, diverse environment in which a student can experience the New York dance scene and develop international connections and a professional network
- Provide a student with a standard of excellence in the field
- Assist a student in making, or fine-tuning, career goals
Areas of Study
Students are evaluated at a placement class at the beginning of the program and choose the major and minor dance techniques that they plan to focus on:
- Ballet and Contemporary
- Ballet and Commercial
- Commercial and Contemporary
- Commercial and Ethnic
The program offers three levels:
- Beginner/Advanced Beginner
- Slow Intermediate/Intermediate
- Advanced Intermediate/ Advanced
Students remain on the same level, unless determined otherwise in an evaluation. Each level has four phases of progression from A (beginner phase on that level) to B to C to D (advanced phase on that level). The student's movement through these phases measures their progress during the course of the program. In order to maintain satisfactory progress and receive a certificate of completion, students must successfully pass all courses taken within their area of focus.
The program holds three formal evaluations: Initial, Midterm, and Final. Grades evaluate and measure a student's progress and ensure that each student achieves their goals. At the completion of the program, students are given a transcript of the academic year that provides a written record of all the classes that they have taken as well as the grade that they have earned for each course.
- Ballet and Pointe
- Modern classes: Horton, Graham, and Limon
- Commercial Dance classes: Hip Hop, Jazz, Theater, Street Jazz, House, Tap, Voguing, Waacking, Popping, Locking, Heels and Dance Hall
- Ethnic classes: African Based and Salsa
Students submit a weekly or a monthly class plan to the Program Coordinator. If the schedule needs to be changed after its submission, the student submits a Class Change List Form.
Electives can be selected from other styles of dance and/or body conditioning classes such as Yoga, Pilates-Mat, Barre a Terre, and Gyrokinesis.
Students must fulfill each of the following requirements to meet the standards of the Dance Studies Program:
At completion, graduating students receive an official Evaluation Form, and a Certificate of Completion with their final grade:
Upon completion, students are expected to achieve:
- A measurable degree of technical advancement in their area of focus
- Proficiency in at least one elective dance style
- Strong artistic sensibility
- Inspiration and motivation to teach, choreograph, perform and innovate
- A stronger connection to the New York dance community
- A high standard of excellence
Upon completion, students can choose to extend their current studies or apply to one of our other programs.
Dance Studies Program graduates have gone to dance with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Kim Young-Mi Dance Project, and Jazz Roots Dance Company, among many others. Please check out our Alumni Page for more!
Enrollment is easy whether you're a new student or are transferring from another school!
Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee (non-refundable)
|Dance Studies Program|
|Session Length||12 Months|
|Minimum Tuition Payment Required Upon Enrollment||$4,836|
|Total Tuition and Living Expenses Required for Immigration (F-1 Visa Students Only)||$21,672|
|Study Hours per Month||72|
All fees are non-refundable and subject to change. Participation in special workshops, seminars or master classes may incur additional costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Partial tuition scholarships are granted each year to both male and female dancers. All scholarships are based on the combination of a dancer's technical and artistic merit as well as financial need and are awarded by the Artistic Director and the appropriate Program Coordinator after careful consideration. For more information please go to our Scholarships Page.
For more information including the Dance Studies Program, a schedule sample, housing opportunities and grant opportunities, please contact the Program Coordinator. Tel: (212) 505-0886