Dance Studies

B.F.A. in Dance Studies

Few art forms are as expressive and personal as dance – and few have the same power to inspire, delight, and communicate across cultures. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies at LIU Post is an excellent foundation for a career in dance performance, dance education or dance criticism. A pre-professional, process-based and performance-oriented program, this 129-credit degree explores the wide variety of roles for dance professionals and surveys the world’s great dance traditions, from African and Asian dance to modern, jazz, ballet and tap. Combining advanced education in dance and theatrical production with opportunities to develop specific skills through training and sustained practice, all in the context of a strong liberal arts program, the B.F.A. in Dance Studies teaches the art form and not just technique.

Students are encouraged to choreograph after the third semester. Coordinated with the Post Theatre Company and the Post Concert Dance Company, the degree offers extensive performance and choreography opportunities and requires substantial participation in the work of both companies. Audition and interview required.

Qualities That Set Our Program Apart
  • Acclaimed faculty with years of professional experience
  • Technical instruction augmented by attendance at performances in New York City
  • On-campus Post Concert Dance Company
  • Junior and Senior dancers Showcase Performance at the Symphony Space Theatre on Broadway
  • Opportunities to work with New York Choreographers
  • Opportunities to perform great dance works through our Legacy Project
  • Master classes with major touring companies


Admission Requirements
  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants must arrange for an audition and interview with the program director by calling 516-299-2353 or e-mailing

To Audition for the Dance Studies Program:
  • Apply to LIU Post at
  • Call 516-299-2353 to schedule an audition.
  • Submit a headshot and résumé at the time of audition.
  • Successful auditioners are invited to interview. Individual interviews are scheduled throughout the year.

Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Dance Studies Instrumental Music must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluding all DNC courses)
History/Philosophy 6 credits (in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Dance Courses (39 credits):
DNC 101 Critical Thinking in Dance 2.00
DNC 103 Laban Movement Analysis 3.00
DNC 105 Modern Dance 3.00
DNC 108 History of Dance 3.00
DNC 109 Current Dance in New York City 3.00
DNC 111 Composition and Choreography 3.00
DNC 115 African Dance 3.00
DNC 116 African Dance 3.00
DNC 125 Pointe & Partnering 1.00
DNC 126 Floor Barre 2.00
DNC 144 Jazz 3.00
DNC 147 Tap 3.00
DNC 150 Kinesiology for Dancers 4.00
DNC 151 Professional Skills: Showcase 3.00
Required Ballet Courses
Choose 4 courses from the following (12 credits):
DNC 123 Ballet 3.00
DNC 124 Ballet 3.00
Required Repertory Courses
Eight courses from the following (8 credits):
DNC 139 Repertory 1.00
DNC 140 Repertory 1.00
Elective Dance Courses
Any six credits from undergraduate Dance (DNC) courses
Required Departemental Contract Courses (must be taken in conjunction with THE 104 and THE 105)
THE 204 Department Contract 1 0.00
THE 205 Department Contract 2 0.00
Six courses of the following:
DNC 201 Department Contract 0.00
THE 202 Department Contract 0.00
Required Related Courses (15 credits):
DNC 106 Modern Dance II 3.00
THE 104 Technical Theater Practices I 3.00
THE 105 Technical Theater Practices II 3.00
THE 121 Basic Acting I 3.00
THE 122 Basic Acting II 3.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 80
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean