SPCPA’s Dance Department offers students a rigorous, versatile training geared toward the serious aspiring dance artist. Students are guided in their education by working artists who help them realize their potential technically, artistically, and intellectually. The Conservatory’s training is modeled on college-level B.F.A. dance programs and, as such, successful graduates of the Conservatory’s Dance Department transition easily into arts programs at post-secondary institutions. Dance students prescribe to a practice of self-discipline and artistry, and maintain the highest respect for themselves, their peers, their instructors, and their art.

The curriculum is designed to create versatile dancers by training all students each semester in both ballet and modern dance. Supporting classes include both Jazz and Hip-Hop, which are offered for most students every other semester. Repertory is a class focused on performance techniques and is filled by audition only. Peripheral classes include Pilates, Tap, Afro Modern, and Character. World Dance forms are studied to develop a global understanding of dance. Students will also take Dance Studies each year, which includes units on dance history, dance writing, anatomy, nutrition, and dance composition. Dance Studies allows students to develop a scholarly and articulate understanding of dance and its role in culture and society.

To see the four year plan of coursework for the Dance track, CLICK HERE.


Dance Faculty

Gabriel Anderson Dance Department Chair
Sarah Baumert Dance
Kaitin Kelly Benedict Dance
Maggie Bergeron Dance
Lisa Berman Dance
Penelope Freeh Dance
Timothy Herian Dance
Judith James Ries Dance
Sam Johnson Dance
Michelle Lemon Dance
Jill Lile Dance
Whitney McClusky Dance
Lela Pierce Dance
Jennifer Pray Dance
Djenane Saint Juste Dance
Laura Selle Virtucio Dance
Stephen Schroeder Dance
Crystal Secor Dance
Darrius Strong Dance
Joseph Tran Dance
Roxane Wallace Dance
Maggie Zepp Dance

Dance Curriculum

CLICK HERE to view the 1617 Universal Dance Syllabus in PDF format.

Dance Program Handbook

CLICK HERE to view the Dance Program Handbook in PDF format.

Dance Events

CLICK HERE for SPCPA Dance Events