New York colleges, such as the Juilliard School, Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan, offer the opportunity to pursue a degree in dance. Julliard’s Dance Division provides artistic training with a goal toward producing contemporary dancers that are classically trained in ballet and modern dance. The faculty is enhanced by guest choreographers. Program graduates have the opportunity to dance with companies throughout the world and pursue a career in choreography.
Juilliard’s Dance Division is a four-year undergraduate program with liberal arts requirements. Dance courses include ballet technique, modern dance, dance composition, the Alexander technique and the elements of performing. The course requires four years of residency at Juilliard.
Hunter College provides students with a foundation toward graduate studies or professional careers in fields such as choreography, performance, production and teaching. Students work alongside faculty members who are recognized in the field and have the opportunity to pursue internships. The mission of Hunter College’s undergraduate dance program is to offer a challenging dance education within the context of a liberal arts environment. The curriculum allows students to explore what it means to be a dancer within a greater community with courses that emphasize dance, speaking and writing.
Marymount Manhattan features courses in ballet, jazz, choreography, modern dance and teaching dance arts. Students have the opportunity to audition for the MMC Dance Company. They can also study abroad and take advantage of internships. The school’s faculty is comprised of professors and dance professionals. Marymount Manhattan offers two degrees: a B.F.A and B.A. The school’s goal is to provide students with a seamless transition into the professional world of dance.