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Dance

Our program provides a challenging curriculum that explores dance as a creative art form and an intellectual pursuit. Through a comprehensive study of dance, including history, theory, criticism, technique, performance and composition, our students investigate the many ways that dance functions in a society.

Explore Rich and Varied Opportunities

Dance offers a pathway for each student to foster aptitudes for success: self-confidence, self-discipline, creative problem solving, sensitivity to others and perseverance. Through coursework, performance and outreach experience, our students collaborate, think critically, take risks and are encouraged to be their most authentic selves while honoring and appreciating the creative spirit of each individual.

Our students work closely with experienced faculty to design an educational experience relative to their own strengths and interests. Unique features of the program include a comprehensive study of American jazz dance, an emphasis on jazz and contemporary styles in dance productions, outreach experiences that empower and serve the Salve Regina community and beyond, and a steady influx of guest artists that offer real world connections and fresh perspectives.

We inspire connections across disciplines, allowing each student to carve out an individualized career pathway for future success.

Program Spotlight: Just Dance

Dance minor Casey Sheehan '14 had never taken a dance class before arriving at Salve Regina. After performing live on stage alongside Lady Gaga as a member of the dance team for her recent Las Vegas residency, he reflects on the program that changed his life.

Our Faculty

 Salve’s dance faculty members are performers, choreographers, scholars and – most importantly – educators. Our goal is to create an environment where you can dream, take risks and explore your creative potential. 

Lindsay Guarino, associate professor

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

Our dance program not only fuels students’ passion with formal training and structured exposure to all aspects of the art form, it also develops a well-rounded graduate prepared to excel in today’s demanding workforce.

Possible careers include:

  • K-12 arts educator
  • Arts administrator (marketing, communication, company management, development, social media coordinator)
  • Independent/freelance choreographer
  • Independent/freelance performer
  • Dance studio manager
  • Teaching artist in various studio and community outreach programs
  • Event planning
  • Public relations and marketing
  • Booking and facilities management
  • Arts therapy
  • Dance therapy
  • Education
  • Physical therapy
  • Choreography and performance

Students may pursue graduate study to advance their careers in performance or choreography. Others may earn a master’s degree in pursuit of careers in dance history, dance critique or arts management.

Major in Dance (B.A.)

38 credits

Required courses:

  • DNC100: Dance in Society: Aesthetics and Cultural Contexts
  • DNC210: Roots of Jazz Dance: Rhythm, Groove and the American Experience
  • DNC231: Rhythm-Generated Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC301: Dancing Histories
  • DNC310: Arts for Social Action
  • DNC331: Contemporary Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC400: Choreography
  • DNC401: Dance Composition
  • DNCXXX: Senior Capstone

Students take a minimum of 15 credits across at least three different dance styles, chosen from the following:

  • DNC080: Advanced Contemporary Workshop
  • DNC120: Contemporary I
  • DNC122: Ballet I
  • DNC123: Tap Dance
  • DNC124: Dance for Musical Theatre
  • DNC125: Hip-Hop Dance
  • DNC126: Conditioning for Dancers
  • DNC127: Social Dance
  • DNC131: Theatrical Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC220: Contemporary II
  • DNC222: Ballet II
  • DNC230: West African Dance
  • DNC231: Rhythm-Generated Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC321: Contemporary Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC370: Dance Performance
  • DNC399: Special Topics

Students also complete six credits of interdisciplinary coursework, chosen from a list of offerings in American studies, biology, communications, history, management, sociology and anthropology, theatre arts and women, gender and sexuality studies.

Minor in Dance

18 credits

Required courses:

  • DNC100: Dance in Society: Aesthetics and Cultural Contexts or DNC210: Roots of Jazz Dance: Rhythm, Groove and the American Experience
  • DNC301: Dancing Histories
  • DNC400: Choreography

Students also take a minimum of nine credits across at least three different dance styles, chosen from the following:

  • DNC080: Advanced Contemporary Workshop
  • DNC120: Contemporary I
  • DNC122: Ballet I
  • DNC123: Tap Dance
  • DNC124: Dance for Musical Theater
  • DNC125: Hip-Hop Dance
  • DNC126: Conditioning for Dancers
  • DNC127: Social Dance
  • DNC131: Theatrical Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC220: Contemporary II
  • DNC222: Ballet II
  • DNC230: West African Dance
  • DNC231: Rhythm-Generated Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC310: Arts for Social Action
  • DNC331: Contemporary Jazz Styles and Techniques
  • DNC370: Dance Performance
  • DNC399: Special Topics
  • DNC401: Dance Composition