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Dance, BA


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

For more than 35 years, the Dance Department at DeSales has fostered the development of the individual artist and empowered our students to use the medium of dance to speak with integrity. As a dance major at DeSales, you'll discover that theory and practical application intersect throughout the curriculum. Our dance training provides equal parts practical approach and theoretical application in a demanding, yet nurturing environment where the body, mind, and spirit come together. 

Work with innovative dance professionals 

Our dance curriculum is complemented by diverse weekly master classes with professional dancers and choreographers from New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. Thanks in part to an ongoing collaboration with DanceNOW/NYC, we regularly expose our students to the most innovative dance artists currently working in the field. Each year we bring in more than two dozen guest artists to teach master classes or set choreographic work on our dance majors.

In addition to the educational and networking opportunities provided by our dance curriculum, our dancers extend their artistry and scholarship to the stage in our varied season of concerts. Students have several opportunities to choreograph each semester, and the highlight of our production season is our annual Dance Ensemble Concert, featuring faculty and guest artist work, in addition to historical reconstructions. Our commitment to restaging works of historical significance allow our students to embody the rich history of the art form. Through works by such dance giants as Martha Graham, Antony Tudor, Donald McKayle, José Limón, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman, our students expand their artistry while building their resumes.

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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
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Standardized Tests: This program is SAT optional.

Students applying SAT Optional are required to complete an SAT Optional Interview. You can schedule your interview online at, or by calling the Admissions office at 610-282-1100 ext. 1277.

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


The B.A. in Dance at DeSales University combines a theoretical and practical approach to the art of dance, cultivating the growth of the individual student and preparing them for professional careers in the field. 

Our core dance curriculum offers courses that are both practical and theoretical, including: 

  • Ballet and Modern Technique 
  • Dance Composition 
  • Dance in World Cultures 
  • Evolution of Ballet and Modern
  • Kinesiology for Dancers 
  • Methods for Teaching Educational Dance 
  • Freshman and Senior Seminars

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 (187 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 Harlequin sprung marley floor for dancer comfort and safety
  • smartroom technology
  • ability to transform into a black box theatre for informal performances

Dorothy Day Center

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

  • Four applied music teaching studios and practice rooms

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.

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 2021-2022

Resident Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500

Room and Board - $13,300
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $54,500 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Total cost for resident students: $59,674

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Total cost for commuter students: $48,312


Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Living Expenses - $7,870
Total cost for off-campus students: $56,182
*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


Experiential Learning

The combination of foundational training, experiential learning, and unique collaborations with diverse departments on campus has been proven to help our students find meaningful employment in the field of dance after graduation. Our alumni are proudly working in all areas of performance, dance education, and arts administration. 

Conservatory of Dance 

The Conservatory of Dance provides the community with affordable, quality dance training while giving dance majors an opportunity to develop their skills as dance educators. 

The sense of community is what attracted me to the DSU dance department. The faculty welcomed me with open arms and the warmth, professionalism, and sophistication that filled the studio convinced me this was the place for me. The department has helped me grow as a dancer. I am now ready to move into the profession, ready to network knowing I can hold my own on the larger stage of life.
Toni Lundy
theatre production

Performing Arts Scholarships and Auditions

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 audition and interview with our faculty.
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
Abby Pinkerton

Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)

The Summer Dance Intensive offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The intensive program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz, with additional classes offered in African dance, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Pilates, and yoga. Students will also learn repertory work created by the faculty. Scholarships and residential options are available. Qualified students may also audition to earn college credit. 

Learn more about DeSales SDI