Degrees Granted
BFA, Minor
Degree Level
Garden City

Take your technique and skill to the next level with our program, designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in dance.

Why Earn Your BFA in Dance?

You can perform in a dance company, or on Broadway, or do commercial work. Pursue a number of different careers including dance therapy, arts management or teaching dance in schools or at a private studio.

Why Major in Dance at Adelphi?

  • Be part of a highly-ranked dance program — one of the top ten in New York state.
  • Receive personal attention in small classes taught by our world-class faculty.
  • Perform in productions and student workshops under the guidance of our expert faculty and guest choreographers.
  • Take advantage of our proximity to New York City by attending performances of renowned companies and work in dance-related internships.

What Can You do With a Degree in Dance?

You can perform in a dance company or on Broadway or do commercial work. You can pursue a career in dance therapy or arts management or in teaching dance in schools or at a private studio. Or you can choreograph dances on stage and in communities.

100%* * Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2019
of our 2019 dance graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2019

Adelphi’s dance department allowed me to tailor the program to my needs and gain invaluable experiences. It was through Adelphi that I largely found the grit, courage and determination to found my own dance company.

Joy Douglas ’18 BFA in Dance, Founder of Douglas & Co.


A minor in dance gives a solid training in foundational and basic techniques.

Dance Minor

Dance minors receive training in modern dance and ballet and are introduced to acting, music and costume design. As a dance minor, you are also required to fulfill semester hours behind the scenes as a theatre tech.

Since only dance and theatre majors and minors are permitted to audition for roles, you’ll have ample opportunity to perform.

“Introducing Mrs. Baxter”

Department of Dance chair Orion Duckstein pays homage to his grandmother’s remarkable life story in a performance piece, titled “Introducing Mrs. Baxter,” that he choreographed for Adelphi’s dance students.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Our close proximity to New York City is ideal for providing firsthand field experience through class outings, attending professional performances and internships, which have often led to full-time positions. More than 80 percent of our dance majors continue on as actual performers. Our students have interned at companies like:

Adelphi dancers on stage during a final dress rehearsal of Kylian performance.


Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements along with an audition:

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

Awards & Recognition

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Performing Arts Center 149/235

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