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Prepare for a Life in Motion with a Dance Degree from Seton Hill

In Seton Hill's Dance Program, you will learn from working artist-faculty in award-winning studios and performance venues. Smaller class sizes will allow you to receive the personal attention that is crucial to an artist's learning process.

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Personalize Your Degree in Dance

Seton Hill's Dance Program has four tracks, so you can create the balanced learning/training experience that fits your goals. Our program is rooted in the foundation of ballet, though our goal is to make you as well-rounded as possible. Here, we create "thoughtful artists." We will be with you every step of the way to help you develop your artistic thoughts and who you are as an artist.

New! Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance/Movement therapists use physical movement to help people overcome mental and physical challenges. To become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT), you must first complete your education through the master’s degree level.  Seton Hill’s Pre-Dance/Movement Therapy concentration will prepare you for graduate study in this field, and includes courses in:

  • Psychology
  • Art Therapy
  • Teaching of Dance
  • Human Development
  • Dance and Expression for Individuals with Disabilities

Choreography

At Seton Hill, you will not only learn and practice the art of choreography, you will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors to create original choreography for performances at Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center.

Education/Pedagogy

The Dance Pedagogy track provides students with opportunities for integrated learning and experiential teaching through curriculum from both the dance and education programs. As future dance educators, students will gain additional understanding about curricular development and teaching strategies for pre-school to professional programs. If you are thinking of owning your own dance studio, you have the unique opportunity to earn your bachelor’s in dance and an MBA at Seton Hill in an accelerated time frame.

Performance

The Dance Performance track provides student with a well-rounded learning experience in a variety of dance styles including four levels of study in ballet, jazz, and modern and tap. Students will have a variety of performance opportunities both on and off campus.

Arts Center & Performing Arts Center

Seton Hill’s award-winning Arts Center is the home of the Dance Program, and offers spacious studios, new classrooms and plenty of places to practice, study, hang out or grab something to eat. The Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, one block away, provides a variety of performance venues, including an expansive concert hall and a black box theatre.

Performance & Production Opportunities 

As a Seton Hill dance student, you will receive individualized training coupled with abundant production and performance opportunities. Every year, Seton Hill produces a full season of theatre and dance performances

Students also have the opportunity to:

  • Audition for three concerts per year (Auditions are open to all Seton Hill students).
  • Perform at campus events with the dance club or dance team.
  • Perform at the Jazz and Tap Festival in Virginia.
  • Present work at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference.

Internships & Apprenticeships

Seton Hill dance majors are employed in the university’s costume and scene shops as well as in the box office. Dance majors also have a long track record of success working as interns, apprentices, and performers in theatre companies and theme parks around the country.

Students have been accepted for continuing study into:

  • Mark Morris Dance Group Summer Intensive
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • New York City Ballet
  • Summer Ballet Intensive Training at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy

...and have held internships with:

  • American Dance Festival
  • Attack Theatre
  • Ballet de Montreal

Artist-Faculty

Your dance professors at Seton Hill are working dancers who excel in moving students like you forward in your craft. You will learn from faculty who have experience in dance pedagogy. Faculty areas of specialty include:

  • Dance on Film
  • Gyrokinesis
  • Dance Science
  • Dance for Individuals with Disabilities

Students also get exposure to professionals working in the field through adjunct faculty. 

Study Abroad Opportunities

Seton Hill's Study Abroad Program helps dancers take the leap to experience somewhere new, including locations like London, Dublin, and New York City. In the past, students have had the opportunity to attend the Dublin Dance Festival, take dance classes in other countries, and meet in-person with professional choreographers and dancers.

Careers

The concentration you choose will influence your career opportunities to a certain degree, but graduates from Seton Hill’s Dance Program are prepared to:

  • Perform in a wide variety of settings, from entertainment venues to Broadway
  • Teach dance to students of varying ages and skill levels
  • Continue their studies to pursue an education at the graduate level in Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Choreograph original dance and theatre productions

Your professors and Seton Hill’s award-winning Career and Professional Development Center will work with local, regional and national employers to provide you with the career preparation skills, internship opportunities and placement services you need - as a student and after you graduate.

Recent graduates have gone on to work with:

  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Laurel Ballet Performing Company 
  • Mid-Atlantic Ballet
  • RWS Entertainment Group
  • Seton Hill University Dance Academy

Dance Club & Griffin Dance Team

  • The Seton Hill University’s award-winning Griffin Dance Team performs at sporting events, in the Greensburg community and at local and regional dance competitions.
  • Seton Hill’s Dance Club is open to all majors who want to get together to dance or take dance classes.

Ready to Take Your Next Step UP?

Apply Now!

You can apply online for free any time. Seton Hill features streamlined admission requirements and a comprehensive aid program.

Interview & Audition 

Once you apply have been accepted to Seton Hill, you must successfully complete an interview and audition with members of the dance faculty to be admitted into the Dance Program (and to become eligible to compete for merit-based dance scholarships.)

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