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Certificate Dance

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About this course

 At the core of The Program in Dance is the belief that physical and intellectual engagement with dance fosters an integration of mind and body that allows for a greater connection to our own selves and, by extension, to our community. To that end, we aim to increase and expand the University’s exposure to and appreciation of dance through practice, performance, and critical academic discourse.

The program’s depth and flexibility allow for the nurturing and development of beginners as well as dancers at the pre-professional level, within the context of a broad liberal arts education. With the guidance of a faculty composed of professional dance artists, students explore the artistry and physicality of movement at the kinetic, creative, and cognitive levels through studio and seminar courses, development of original choreography, co-curricular ballet, modern, and conditioning classes, master classes led by guest artists, and numerousperformance opportunities each year ranging from full professional productions to site-specific, interdisciplinary and experimental projects.

With this wide array of opportunities and resources, a dedicated student can dance for upwards of 30 hours a week while still pursuing a major and outside interests. Students with a special or career interest in dance may choose to pursue substantive independent work as part of a certificate in Dance.


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Eligibility Criteria


  • Educational Testing Service administers the internet-based TOEFL. The Graduate School prefers scores from the iBT TOEFL. Due to the nature of the graduate admission process, the Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score for the iBT TOEFL. Applicants who take the test in a country which does not offer the iBT TOEFL should take the PBT TOEFL.
  • Admitted students who score below a 28 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton.  Students who do not pass the test will be required to enroll in English Language Program classes.


  • IELTS is a testing arm of Cambridge University, United Kingdom ESOL examinations and the British Council. Students who wish to demonstrate English proficiency through the IELTS test should visit their website(link is external), for information about the administration of this test and how to have test results reported to Princeton in a timely fashion.

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Course Modules

A certificate from the Program in Dance will be awarded to students who successfully complete a substantial amount of work in the practical and academic areas of the discipline. Students should enroll in the certificate program during the second term of the sophomore year, but no later than the start of the second term of the junior year. At least two of the required courses should be completed before enrollment in the certificate program.

To obtain a certificate in dance, students must complete: (1) four studio courses above the introductory level, two of which must be performance courses: DAN 319/419/420 or Atelier; (2) one seminar course in dance studies; (3) two additional performances during the junior and/or senior year with a guest choreographer, in a dance-based Atelier, or in a senior thesis production; (4) one semester of twice-weekly co-curricular ballet, modern dance, or conditioning classes; (5) DAN 307 Dance Technique and Anatomy of Movement; and (6) 20 hours of technical work in assisting the dance program’s productions.

Students may choose to concentrate their studies on performance, choreography, dance scholarship, or an interdisciplinary focus. Substitution of requirements, if necessary, will be based on faculty recommendation and in consultation with the program director.

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How to Apply

The program is open to all majors. Students should apply to the program during
their sophomore year.

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