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. The foundation of our curriculum is a comprehensive study of American jazz dance through a 21st century lens that challenges racism, sexism and Eurocentric ideology. Other unique features include 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.
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
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
- 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.