Dance

At Salve Regina University, our bachelor's degree in dance offers a transformative education through the study of dance in a liberal arts environment. With a focus on jazz studies, our program acknowledges and honors jazz as a historically Black American art form best understood through awareness of one's own identity and culture. Community is at the heart of Salve Regina's dance program, with an environment that encourages and supports individuality, personal creativity, dynamic exchanges of energy, risk-taking and resilience - all enduring values within the jazz aesthetic.

Nurture Your Strengths and Interests at Salve Regina

Both the bachelor's degree and the minor in dance require that students work closely with faculty to design an educational experience relative to their own strengths and interests. Across the curriculum, students engage in critical dialogue, physical practice and creative production as they study dance history, theory, technique, performance, composition and pedagogy.

Students develop their artistic voices in studio courses across a range of dance styles, including jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop and ballet, and specifically investigate jazz and jazz-adjacent styles in performance on concert dance stages. Courses highlight the intersectional nature of dance to inspire connections across disciplines, allowing each student to carve out an individualized career pathway for future success.

In alignment with the mission of Salve Regina, we strive to offer an education that is inclusive, culturally relevant and antiracist. Our students develop into empathetic, self-aware artists empowered to impact their communities in ways that promote equity and justice.

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 or doctorate in pursuit of careers in dance education, dance therapy, dramaturgy 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: Africanist Aesthetics 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
  • DNC490: Jazz and Justice

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

  • DNC080: Advanced Contemporary Workshop
  • DNC120: Contemporary Dance
  • 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
  • DNC210: Roots of Jazz Dance: Africanist Aesthetics and the American Experience
  • DNC301: Dancing Histories or DNC400: Choreography

Students 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