Program overview

Dancers are highly trained athletes with an innate understanding of the body in motion. Explore the sciences of human performance and delve into the biology and physiology behind the art of dance. Gain insights into the mind-body connection and expand your career options in dance, education, therapy, healthcare and the sciences.

Dance movement therapy demonstration.

Program requirements

The dance science major integrates coursework in dance and scientific disciplines to focus on enhancing human performance, reducing injuries, and improving physical, mental, as well as emotional health and fitness.  Dance Science majors work closely with our Physical Therapist, doing practicums and projects and participating in research projects.

A career beyond performance

Our passionate dance students leave Rider well-prepared to explore a multitude of careers in this emerging field.

Common careers and graduate studies:

  • Choreographer or coach
  • Dance administrator
  • Private dance educators
  • Public school dance teachers
  • Physical Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Kinesiotherapy or somatics
  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
Female student mid air in dance pose on stage of recycled materials

Tap into your artistry

Hone the techniques you develop with frequent performances in dance ensembles, studio showings and Dance Day events. Further your artistry with opportunities to work directly with professional dance artists in the annual dance showcase, Rider Dances. 

Harness the healing power of your art

Apply your artistry as a therapeutic technique and enhance your undergraduate studies with our accelerated 4+2 option. You’ll earn an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Dance/Movement Therapy concentration and qualify to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) AND a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

The Yvonne Theatre in the Fine Arts building.

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Dance Science, B.A.

Jonathan Karp, Ph.D.


Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences

Mike and Patti Hennessy Science and Technology Center

jkarp [at]


Academic Focus: Behavioral Neuroscience

The Yvonne Theatre in the Fine Arts building.