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B.A. in Dance Science

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You have the moves, now understand the science of human performance as you expand your career options in dance, education, therapy, health care and the sciences.


Dance Science Overview

New in Fall 2019!

If you love dance, you know it’s more than entertainment. Dance is both an artistic expression of the body and mind — and a demanding athletic pursuit.

Dance also is recognized as a valuable form of physical and psychological therapy. It helps people of all ages and physical condition relieve stress and anxiety, and it supports emotional, mental, physical and social well-being.

Rider University’s new Bachelor of Arts in Dance Science offers passionate dancers the opportunity to explore the mind/body connection and prepare for a career in dance, education, health care or therapy. The Dance Science curriculum incorporates dance performance with the study of basic science, as well as a balanced foundation in the liberal arts.

Offered through Rider’s School of Fine and Performing Arts in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 120-credit Dance Science program helps students become better dancers and better dance teachers, offering a direct pathway to careers as performers, dance teachers, choreographers and coaches. Your degree also provides the foundation for advanced training and certification in kinesiotherapy or somatics, or additional graduate studies in such areas as physical therapy, rehabilitation or medicine.

Core coursework includes the in-depth study of human physiology, biology, psychology and dance with a focus on enhancing human performance, reducing injuries, and improving overall health and fitness.

Opportunities to participate in faculty-led research projects also provide a foundation for future graduate study in dance education, physical or occupational therapy, and related health care fields.

Want to continue your love of dance? Discover its healing power!

  • 7% increase in jobs for recreational and dance therapists by 2026 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Dance science professionals can pursue graduate study to become educators, physical therapists and psychologists. With careful planning, your studies can also prepare you for professional school studies in such areas as sports medicine, rehabilitation and orthopedics. Rider's individualized advising helps ensure dance science majors are well-positioned to apply to graduate or professional school and achieve their career goals.

Is This the Right Major for You?

Dance is part of a growing movement of emerging therapies in health care, medicine and education that is transforming our understanding of the relationship between mind and body. If you love dance and helping people, this major is for you. Working with expert and passionate instructors, you'll explore the biology and kinesiology behind the beautiful art form you love. As your understanding of the human body grows, you will develop your own talents as a performer — and acquire the skill sets to practice what you learn to transform the lives of others.

About the Program

You’ll learn the science behind the movement

Your studies will delve into the biology and physiology behind dance and movement, as well as trace the history of dance in world culture. This deeper understanding will expose you to new possibilities of movement and its application across a wide variety of fields.

You’ll perform in ensembles and dance studios

Yes, you will learn, dance and perform (often!) in required dance courses. You will study advanced techniques in mind/body conditioning, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern and world dance. You'll even have the opportunity to work directly with professional dance artists.

You'll integrate your interests in art and science

The Dance Science program offers a wide array of courses in the arts, science and humanities that support future diverse career goals — from dance performance and dance therapy to physical therapy, psychology or sports medicine.


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For more program information, please contact:

Kimberly Chandler Vaccaro
Associate Professor
Fine Arts 132

Kim Chandler Vaccaro is Associate Professor of Dance at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. She began her dance career in Barrington, R.I., studying and teaching with Irene Seeley. She became a professional dancer and teacher whilst earning a bachelor’s degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara; a master’s degree in Dance Education from the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Doctorate of Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

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