The 12-month Dance Studies Program is designed for International Students of all levels, minimum 18 years of age, 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. Students are expected to take 18 hours of study per week, which is approximately 3 classes per day. The majority of our classes are 1.5 hours each, but some of the stretch, yoga and other strength building classes are only 1 hour long. 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
Each student must choose a focus area of dance study:
- Ballet and Contemporary
- Ballet and Commercial
- Commercial and Contemporary
- Commercial and Ethnic
Upon admission a student is assigned a technique level for the selected focus area based on a class evaluation. The program offers three levels:
- Beginner/Advanced Beginner
- Slow Intermediate/Intermediate
- Advanced Intermediate/ Advanced
Students remain on the same level for the 12 months of study, 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 by the end of the 12 months.
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
Body Conditioning classes: Yoga, Pilates Mat, Stretch, Gyrokinesis, and Barre a Terre.
Ethnic classes: African Based, and Salsa
Students submit a weekly or a monthly class plan to the Program Coordinator. These forms are available at the Front Desk or office. 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.
Program Completion Requirements
To meet the academic standards for the F-1 Visa Program, students must fulfill each of the following requirements:
Students must have completed 16 clock hours of in-class study, per week
Students must achieve a minimum C grade, which is a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 1.76
Financial Standing: A student's account must be paid in full
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 in their homeland and further afield
- A stronger connection to the New York dance community
- A high standard of excellence
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. They will also receive an official Evaluation Form, and a Certificate of Completion relative to their final grade:
- Certificate with High Honors: (A)
- Certificate with Honors (A-)
- Standard Certificate (B+ to C)
Upon completion, students can choose to extend their current studies or apply to one of our other programs. Please note that the Certificate Program and the Limon Program require students to audition before acceptance.
Whether you're a new student or are transferring from another school, enrollment is easy!
|Dance Studies Program|
|Session Length||12 Months|
|Minimum Tuition Payment Required Upon Enrollment||$4,836|
|Total Tuition and Living Expenses Required for Immigration||$21,672|
|Classes per Month||52|
Scholarships and Financial Aid
(For the 12-Month Dance Studies Program ONLY):
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 any questions about the application process and requirements, please contact our International Program Coordinator Tel: (212) 505-0886 / firstname.lastname@example.org