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The Certificate Program is open to Domestic and International Students.


Come and experience living and dancing in New York City and become a part of
Peridance's vibrant dance community!


Take your dancing to a higher level with world-renowned faculty! Dance side by side with professional NYC dancers in a state-of-the-art facility, in the heart of New York City.

The Certificate Program's objective is to provide a deep understanding of proper technique and performance expression, to foster extensive knowledge of the chosen dance track, and to develop professional attitude. Performance skills are honed through workshops and performances. This program is open to both Domestic and International students.

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

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.

Ballet/Contemporary Track

Training in this track focuses on the development of strong technical skills in classical ballet (including pointe work), modern (including Horton, Graham and Limón), and the latest innovative contemporary vocabularies. This track also includes speciality classes such as improvisation, composition, and voice.

Commercial Track

This track offers training in Hip Hop (including street jazz, waacking, and voguing), Theater Dance, Jazz (including contemporary and lyrical), and Voice, combined with classes in Ballet and Contemporary styles to develop strong technique and versatility. Emphasis is placed on audition preparation and exposure to agents and dance artists connected to the commercial dance world.

Both Tracks include:

  • 3-4 technique classes per day, 5 days a week
  • Repertory rehearsals with rotating choreographers
  • Performance and choreographic opportunities
  • Contact network-building with top choreographers, teachers, and directors
  • Personal mentoring and guidance
  • Body conditioning classes including Yoga/Pilates/Stretch/GYROKINESIS®
  • Seminars regarding practical issues such as nutrition, body conditioning, injury prevention, and more
  • Access to workshops

The Certificate Program requires a commitment of 2 years (4 semesters - 18 weeks each) and is open for enrollment beginning in either the Fall or Spring semester. Dancers must be at an Intermediate level or higher and within the ages of 17-25 at the time of enrollment.

For more information about the program, to submit your documents, or if you have any questions, please contact
Certificate Program Coordinator Marlena Wolfe at or Tel: (212) 505-0886.

You may also mail documents to: Peridance Capezio Center, Attention Certificate Program 126 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003.

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

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