The Bachelor of Arts program in Dance integrates the study of dance within a liberal arts curriculum. Students are given the means to develop their technical and creative potential, while learning to express themselves as diverse and informed artists. Our theoretical and practical approach to the art of dance strives to stimulate the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth of students preparing for professional careers in the field of dance.
Dance Program Awarded an American Masterpiece Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
The Dance program was awarded a highly coveted $15,000 American Masterpiece grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the restaging and presentation of Tensile Involvement (1953). This is the signature work of legendary choreographer Alwin Nikolais.
Alberto Del Saz, the Artistic Director of the Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance Company as well as Co-Director of The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, was in residence at DeSales University for two weeks. Heset Tensile Involvement on DeSales Dance Majors offered master classes and lectures that were open to the Lehigh Valley community.
DeSales dance students performed Tensile Involvement alongside the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company at the Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, Pa. Feb. 5-6, 2010; in the DeSales University Dance Ensemble Concert March 19-21, 2010 and performed it again in NYC at Hunter College’s Sharing the Legacy program April 15-16, 2011.
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The Summer Dance Intensive offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The two-week program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance.
Students can earn college credit for attending this intensive.
Conservatory of Dance
The Conservatory of Dance Organization provides the community with affordable, quality dance training while giving upper class Dance majors an opportunity to teach.
Mission of the Dance Department
To integrate the study of dance within a liberal arts curriculum.
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