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Dance, BA


Learn to express yourself as a diverse and informed artist through dance at DeSales.

As a dance major at DeSales, you'll discover theory and practical application intersect throughout the program. Here, you study to develop your creative and technical potential while also benefiting from a bachelor's program rooted in a well-rounded Liberal Arts curriculum. The DeSales dance program and faculty will endeavor to stimulate your physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth, preparing you for a professional career in the field of dance.

Work with innovative dance professionals

The goal is to help you develop into a well-rounded artist through introduction and work with an array of accomplished dance professionals. Each year, more than 20 guest artists come to DeSales to teach master classes and to choreograph through a partnership with Silo and Dancenow/NYC.

You'll have the unique opportunity to participate in historical reconstructions of masterworks of choreography and work with touring professional companies, such as LEVYdance and the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. Complementing our program, invited guest choreographers expose you to a wide variety of approaches to dance, opening your eyes and mind to the possibilities of working in the field.

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic and artistic achievement, but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

As a performing arts candidate you must apply and be accepted both academically to DeSales University and artistically to the major.

Academic Acceptance
We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

Apply Academically 

Artistic Acceptance
To be accepted artistically into a performing arts major, you must audition/interview for our faculty during our annual Scholarship Audition/Interview Day(s) hosted on the DeSales campus.

Apply Artistically 

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: This program is SAT optional
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Auditions / Scholarship Day

To be accepted artistically into a performing arts major, you must audition/interview for our faculty during our annual Scholarship Audition/Interview Day(s) hosted on the DeSales campus.

Additional recommendations

Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses
Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid


DeSales' B.A. in Dance combines a theoretical and practical approach to the art of dance to cultivate the growth of the individual student and prepare them for professional careers in the field.

All dance majors take the following courses

  • Freshman and Senior Seminars

  • Modern

  • Ballet

  • Composition

  • Laban Movement Analysis

  • Teaching Methods

  • Dance History

  • Dance Production

  • Dance in World Cultures

  • Kinesiology 

Elective coursework includes

  • Dance on Camera

  • Jazz

  • West African

  • Pointe and Partnering

  • Tap

  • Ballroom

  • Special Topics

  • Laban Movement Analysis


Graduation Requirements


As a DeSales Performing Arts major, you'll study your craft in some of the best facilities in the region.  

The Labuda Center 

is an award-winning, state-of-the-art venue that is home to:

  • Main Stage (473 seat proscenium/ thrust theatre)
  • Schubert Stage (200 seat black box theatre)
  • Studio Theatre (100 seat lab theatre)
  • Labuda dance studio
  • Costume and Scene Shops

The Iacocca Studio at the Labuda Center is a professional, high definition (HD) facility outfitted for multi-camera digital video and music production equipped with:

  • three cameras
  • digital switching
  • a programmable lighting system
  • an array of studio microphones
  • multi-track mixing and editing
  • a digital graphic effects system

Brisson Studios

The TV/Film Studio at Brisson Hall contains:
  • 10 Avid and Final Cut Pro editing suites that are HD compatible
  • a production office equipped with computers
  • scriptwriting software
  • high-speed Internet access

The Brisson Dance Studio

  • features a sprung floor for dancer comfort and safety

McShea Center

In addition to being the heart of student life on campus, this location features

  • Four applied music teaching studios and practice rooms
  • Choral Director’s office

Connelly Chapel

  • Choral library and rehearsal space

The Air Products Theater

  • is a 60-seat projection theater/classroom used for lecture courses as well as a venue for screening student work

And, classrooms across campus are equipped with video and computer projection systems to enable close study of moving images.

Careers & Internships

In addition to many experiential learning opportunities through working with guest professionals in dance, DeSales dance majors can also prepare for a career as a dance educator.

Learn to teach

The Conservatory of Dance provides the community with affordable, quality dance training while giving upper class dance majors an opportunity to teach. Develop your resume by providing quality dance instruction to our surrounding community, and hone your teaching skills under faculty supervision. Many students have graduated from our department with a B.A. in dance and accumulated teaching experience.

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2019-2020

Resident Students

Direct Costs Tuition - $37,200

Room and Board - $13,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200

Total = $51,900 (including freshman/transfer fees)
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Total cost for resident students: $56,174

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,304
Transportation Costs - $2,808
Total cost for commuter students: $45,278


Direct Costs
Tuition - $37,200
Mandatory Fees - $1,200
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $38,700
Indirect Costs
Books - $1,466
Personal Expenses - $2,808
Transportation Costs - $2,304
Living Expenses - $7,048
Total cost for off-campus students: $52,326
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

Sunjai Williams - Dance19
DeSales has allowed me to grow into a more diverse dancer. I have loved learning about the history of dance. I have learned how to create a dance character. And I absolutely love taking class supported by a live accompanist.
Sunjai Williams '19 dance major
Performing Arts Scholarship Day

Performing Arts Scholarship Days

As a candidate for the DeSales Dance, Theatre, or TV/Film majors, you must apply and be accepted academically and artistically. To be accepted artistically into one of the performing arts majors, you must interview with our programs' faculty during our annual Scholarship Audition/Interview Day(s) hosted on the DeSales campus.
Apply for a performing arts scholarship

The Labuda Center for Performing Arts

The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts is home to most Act 1 events. It is completely handicapped accessible, and features the 473 seat Main Stage Theatre and the 187 seat Schubert Theatre.

GPS Location: 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, PA 18032

Learn more about The Labuda Center
Labuda Center at DeSales
Dude Dance

Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)

The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The two-week program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz. Additional classes are offered in West African dance, body percussion, Hip-Hop, Pilates, and yoga. Participants can enroll in SDI for college-level academic credit.

Learn more about DeSales SDI