Palladino School of Dance | What to Expect

  • Offering the Premiere Dance Program in All of New England 

    Our ProgramSchool of Dance

    Dance is a unique, powerful modality and at Dean, you’ll be challenged to develop your proficiency and knowledge while broadening your perspective. Our dance program consists of conservatory-level training in ballet, modern, tap and jazz, combined with academic courses in dance history, dance composition, Laban Movement Analysis, anatomy, kinesiology and pedagogy. Our degrees in dance also provide opportunities for you to focus on specific areas such as dance studies, studio management and teaching, in addition to performance and choreography. A liberal arts core will complement your training. You can also double-major in business, early childhood education, english, history, pre-athletic training, psychology, sociology, theatre, or arts and entertainment management to broaden your career options.

    Perform To Your Art's Content

    Performances are at the heart of our dance program. We prepare students to perform at Dean and beyond through student concerts, faculty and guest artist concerts, a freshman showcase and senior performances. Dean also participates in the American College Dance Festival, where we’ve ranked in the top 30 schools nationally and choreographic works by Dean students have been chosen for performance in the ACDF gala at the Kennedy Center. Besides concerts and projects within the School of Dance, other extra-curricular on-campus opportunities include a dance team, a tap team, a hip-hop team and a step team. Many of our dancers also earn roles in Dean’s musical and theatre productions.


    Beginning in the first year, extensive performance and choreographic opportunities complement our exciting program. Our dancers have participated in highly selective performances at prestigious venues such as:
    • Kennedy Center
    • Joyce Theater
    • Ailey Citigroup Theater

    Next Steps

    Admission to our dance program is based upon our review of your admissions application and supporting materials. An audition is also required in order to evaluate your ability to succeed in our demanding program. If you are not accepted into the School of Dance as an incoming freshman, you may be admitted to Dean College in another program.

    Learn From The Best

    In addition to the phenomenal School of Dance faculty, famous guest artists who have taught master classes and residencies at Dean include:
    William (Bill) Evans, Todd Shanks, Shondra Leigh,
    Donlin Foreman, Jay T Jenkins, Jeff Shade, Laura Young, Theresa Howard and Al Blackstone.

    Experiential Learning

    Students are exposed to the breadth and depth of the field of dance throughout their time at Dean.
    Experiential learning opportunities include:
    • First-year dance seminars that introduce career paths and injury prevention
    • Senior seminars that travel to New York City for workshops with professionals
    • Master classes with dancers from Cirque du Soleil, the Graham Company, Complexions Dance Company and many more complement our curriculum.

    Internships are an important part of the dance program, too. You'll gain insights into the professional world of dance by working with organizations such as the Boston Ballet, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, or Steps on Broadway. 

    The Dean Difference

    There’s no doubt that pursuing a dance degree at Dean will be challenging, but we will offer you all the support you need to succeed. The Dean Difference is about personal attention, an individualized learning experience, and a caring environment with an advisor who will help guide you every step of the way.

Take the next Step

  • Dean Dance Visits Boston Ballet

  • Alumna Marisa Melito studies in Rome, Italy

    Dean College School of Dance alumna has received a scholarship to study in Rome, Italy with the classical modern dance workshop Technice Di Danza Moderna (TDM Roma).

    Marisa will begin her training this July, where she will focus her studies on the major Classical Modern Dance Techniques of Martha Graham, José Limón, and Lester Horton.

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  • I chose to be a dance major because I love to dance, I love to express my emotion through my movement, I love to perform, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

    Alysse Joyner

    B.A. in Dance Details »