Our award-winning, Gunner Birkerts-designed Dance Building is the first facility in the United States to be constructed solely for the study and performance of dance.
Ten fully equipped studios, a state-of-the-art Pilates room, saunas, and the 256-seat black box Dance Theatre Lab provide students with space, light, and inspiration. Major dance performances take place in the PepsiCo Theatre at the Performing Arts Center.
Conservatory of Dance
Dance Theatre Lab
Numerous student dance concerts take place every semester in the DTL, the Conservatory of Dance’s primary performance space. It is a versatile space able to handle performances, film screenings, meetings, and many other events. The DTL is set up as a proscenium theatre with seating for 265. It is a large stage, with a playing area 46’ wide by 35’ deep. It is fully equipped for video, sound, and lighting. The stage is covered by a black marley dance floor. Each year, our graduating students choreograph and perform here as part of their senior projects.
Dance Theatre Lab
Performances in New York City
Every other year, the Purchase Dance Company has a season at New York Live Arts. This tour gives students the opportunity to perform for industry professionals and distinguished alumni, and to be reviewed by the New York Metro press.
Injury Prevention and Treatment
A certified athletic trainer from the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is on campus two to three times a week to meet with students. In addition, a fully equipped Pilates room is available for supervised practice.
The Performing Arts Center
One of the finest facilities on any East Coast college campus, the Performing Arts Center (PAC), is located adjacent to the Music Building and is available for the conservatory’s activities. The PAC has four professional performance spaces and one of the largest portable Flentrop tracker organs in the world.