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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. Students can start the program the first day of each month throughout the year.

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. Students are evaluated 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 (13 classes) per week. During three months of the program, students take part in a contemporary dance workshop, which leads to a presentation in the Salvatore Capezio Theater.


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 be accessible exclusively in New York City

  • 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

o Major and Minor Areas of Study

Students select a major and minor area of study that they plan to focus on from within the following offerings:

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Contemporary
  • Commercial Dance
  • Ethnic

A student must take five weekly classes within their major area of study, three classes within their minor area of study, and additional five elective classes from Peridance's Open Class offerings.
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.
In order to maintain satisfactory progress and receive a certificate of completion, students must successfully pass all courses taken within their area of focus.

oThe program offers three levels of study:

  • 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.


Students are evaluated at a placement class at the beginning of the program.
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.

Completion Requirements

Students must fulfill each of the following requirements to meet the standards of the Dance Studies Program:

  • Students must have completed no less than 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

  • At completion, graduating students receive an official Evaluation Form, and a Certificate of Completion with their final grade:

  • Certificate with High Honors: (A)
  • Certificate with Honors (A-)
  • Standard Certificate (B+ to C)

    Learning Outcomes

    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

    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!

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