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We believe in developing the whole dancer through challenging coursework, versatile training and transformative experiences. Our minor in dance allows students to further their knowledge and understanding of dance as a creative art form. Our students explore a wide range of dance styles and immerse themselves in dance history, theory and composition, allowing them to grow physically, intellectually and artistically.

Our Program

We encourage students to cultivate their unique strengths and explore opportunities that combine their academic studies in their major with the dance minor. Dance is a pathway for each student to develop lifelong skills for success: self-confidence, self-discipline, adaptability, sensitivity to others and perseverance. Whether these skills are applied in future careers on stages or in classrooms, boardrooms or labs is dependent on each individual. 

Unique features of our program include a comprehensive study of American jazz dance, an emphasis on jazz and contemporary styles in our concert dance productions, outreach experiences that empower our students and serve the Salve community and beyond, and the steady presence of guest artists that offer real world connections and fresh perspectives.

Program Spotlight: Creative Exploration

 Sometimes minor programs have the potential to give you even more than a major, because there are smaller classes, there’s more one-on-one time with professors and instructors. I really got that here.

We’re doing amazing things. We are coming so close to being neck-and-neck with other programs that have been established for years and keep up, if not do it better. 

Haley Andrews '18, dance minor

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

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Life After Salve

Minoring in dance not only fuels a student’s passion with formal training and structured exposure to all aspects of the art form, it complements any academic major by developing a well-rounded graduate prepared to excel in today’s demanding workforce.

In conjunction with their academic majors, students minoring in dance may pursue a variety of possible careers, including:

  • 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. The dance minor can also serve as preparation for a variety of other graduate programs, including in law and business.

Minor in Dance

10-12 courses | 18 credits

Required courses:

  • DNC100: Introduction to Dance
  • DNC200: Dance History
  • DNC220: Level II Modern Dance Technique (taken twice)
  • DNC221: Level II Jazz Dance Technique (taken twice)
  • DNC222: Level II Ballet Technique (taken twice)
  • DNC400: Choreography

It is recommended that students complete their required credits by choosing from the following courses:

  • DNC123: Tap Dance
  • DNC124: Dance for Musical Theatre
  • DNC125: Hip Hop Dance
  • DNC126: Conditioning for Dancers
  • DNC127: Ballroom Dance
  • DNC370: Extensions Dance Company
  • DNC399: Special Topics

In addition, students are expected to participate in one main stage theatre arts production as a crew member.