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“SUNY Purchase, home to one of the country’s most highly regarded dance conservatories”
The New York Times

Become part of the next generation of leading dance artists

The Conservatory of Dance in the School of the Arts at Purchase College is one of only a handful of conservatories in the world where you can learn what it means to be a dance professional. The opportunity provided to individuals committed to the full realization of themselves as artists is second to none.

  • – Conservatory-style training
  • – Rigorous programs with the best in classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance
  • – A faculty of renowned professionals
  • – Proximity to a living laboratory of New York City dance companies and choreographers

Programs of Study
The conservatory’s BFA program has a shared emphasis in dance technique, performance, and composition. If desired, students can apply to further focus their study with one of the following concentrations:

  • – Ballet performance
  • – Composition
  • – Dance production

From Studio to Stage
You will be dancing every day in a demanding schedule, including classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance, ballet and modern partnering, pointe, improvisation, somatics, and more. Highly regarded artists will provide the mentoring and inspiration you need to work and perform to your fullest potential.

Starting in their freshman year, students in the Conservatory of Dance audition for the Purchase Dance Company, which performs repertory and commissioned works and offers two major on-campus concerts a year at the college’s Performing Arts Center.

Our students also audition to rehearse and perform in BFA senior projects, on national and international tours with the Purchase Dance Company, and in works commissioned for them by faculty and alumni as well as major classic and contemporary masterpieces in dance repertory.