Department Chair: Frank Augustyn
Established in 1938, Adelphi University’s performance-based program draws on its rich history while preparing future professionals for today’s dance world.
The experienced faculty teaches in small classes—no more than 18 students. Courses focus on classical ballet and modern dance techniques and creative traditions, theory and composition and history and criticism. Outside of the studio, students have the opportunity to perform in at least two main-stage productions produced each academic year, as well as two student workshops.
Graduates of Adelphi’s Department of Dance have gone on to perform in the Joffrey Ballet, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Eliot Feld Ballet Company, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater, Pilobolus and others, or in musical theater. Others become choreographers or dance teachers, work behind the scenes in lighting or design, or use the knowledge they’ve acquired in kinesthetics and physiology to pursue careers in fields such as nursing or physical therapy.