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School of the Arts

Conservatory of Dance

Train. Innovate. Grow. We offer an education at the forefront of contemporary professional dance, while remaining committed to classical foundations.

All students major in the Dance Performance BFA program. Concentrations by application include include dance performance, ballet, dance composition, and dance production.

Professional Training

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.

Professional Connections

The Conservatory of Dance’s BFA program gives students a comprehensive entrée into the world of professional dance. Purchase alumni currently perform with many of the foremost international contemporary modern and ballet choreographers and companies.

They also teach, direct, and choreograph major productions, dance on Broadway, have founded companies across the globe, and are nurturing the next generation as professors in higher education.

Upcoming Events:

  • Dec 2

    Conservatory of Dance Senior Project #1

    Time:  7:30pm

    Featuring the performance and creative skills of seniors Tevani Joseph, Lilah De Leon and Chloe Martin. 

  • Dec 8
    Photo of dancer taken in mid-jump

    Purchase Dance Company’s Fall 2023 Dance Concert

    Time:  8:00pm

    7:15pm Artist Talk in PepsiCo Theatre Lobby

    The Purchase Dance Company Fall 2023 Concert features an exciting and diverse range of world premieres and renowned repertory works which showcase the dynamic range of the company’s professional caliber students and reflect the Conservatory’s stature as a leading center for world-class dance training. We are thrilled to present seminal choreographer Trisha Brown’s Groove and Countermove (2000), a postmodern masterpiece. Celebrated Guggenheim Fellow Andrea Miller, Artistic Director of GALLIM Dance, will keep the audience riveted with SAMA (2019), a dramatic contemporary work. Two exciting commissions have enabled our students to be an integral part of the creative process as our guest choreographers bring their visions to the stage. Dance alum Jenelle Figgins, a Princess Grace Fellow, will present SPREAD (2021), a poetic contemporary ballet work first commissioned for our Dance majors during the height of the pandemic. Rounding out the program, innovative duo, Hollis Bartlett & Nattie Trogdon, will premiere Phantasm (2023), a dynamic contemporary piece, created expressly for this season.


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