Understand the Science Behind Movement

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.

Admission Requirements

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Dance movement therapy demonstration.

Major 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

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.



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).

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. 


Dance Science (B.A.)

Kim Chandler Vaccaro, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Fine Arts

kcvaccaro [at] rider.edu

(609) 896-7706

The Yvonne Theatre in the Fine Arts building.