DeSales University Dance

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Dance Department at DeSales University. Our Dance Department is part of the larger Performing Arts Division, where we believe that creativity endeavors to elevate the human spirit. Dance at DeSales is integrated within a liberal arts curriculum and provides a supportive environment where students develop their technical and creative potential while learning to express themselves as diverse and informed artists. Our theoretical and practical approach to the art of dance will stimulate your physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth and prepare you for a professional career.

DeSales University is located 90 miles from NYC and 50 miles from Philadelphia in the scenic Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. The Dance Department, in partnership with Silo and Dancenow/NYC, brings in more than 20 guest artists per year to teach master classes and to choreograph. You will be given unique opportunities to participate in historical reconstructions of masterworks of choreography, and work with contemporary dance professionals and be exposed to a wide variety of approaches to dance. As a result, you’ll become well rounded in your technique and have a broad view of the possibilities of working in the field.

While we are pleased to accept your application via, participating in an on-campus audition is highly recommended. This page has been established so that you can submit audition materials to us on-line. We are delighted that you are considering DeSales and we are looking forward to reviewing your submitted materials. Again, it is highly recommended that you make a visit to DeSales University to observe class, to meet the students and faculty members, and to see for yourself what an exciting place this is to study dance. You can arrange a visit to DeSales University by calling Tim Cowart, Chair of Dance at 610.282.1100 Ext. 1663 or by e-mailing him at

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The Audition Process:

You may audition online for any of the following four things:

  • For acceptance into the dance department (rolling deadline)
  • For a dance department talent scholarship (January 25, 2015 deadline)
  • For a scholarship for our summer dance intensive (June 1, 2015 deadline)
  • For registration for the summer dance intensive (July 27, 2015)

Just choose your program and upload the required materials following the drop down menu on the right. We encourage you to visit our campus as soon as possible. Thanks again for your interest in the DeSales University Dance Department, we look forward to working with you soon!