BFA Commercial Dance

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BFA in Commercial Dance

Pace School of Performing Arts’ Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Commercial Dance is the only one of its kind in New York City offering comprehensive dance training that bridges the gap between classical dance technique and the professional world of commercial dance.

The Commercial Dance major blends the highest quality of dance and theater training preparing students for diverse careers on stage, television, film, and the entertainment industry. Commercial Dance students train with leading professionals in ballet, jazz, modern, theater dance, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and aerial work as well as in acting, singing, and technical theater.

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Showcase Your Talent

At the Pace School Performing of Arts (PPA) we believe that live performance is a key element in the training and development of young artists. PPA provides students the opportunity to perform in more than 50 productions a year (plays, musicals, film shoots and dance concerts including dancesPace and Dance Out Loud) in one of our many performance spaces. Students are also encouraged to pursue internships and gain additional “real world” experience in the industry. With faculty permission, students can work on and off Broadway, on television, film, and behind the scenes in various entertainment corporations.

A Working Faculty

Pace School of Performing Arts’ Commercial Dance major is home to some of the most sought after dance professionals in the industry - all with a vast network of industry connections. Our teachers offer a fresh perspective on dance training and provide a wealth of expertise and inspiration. In addition, Commercial Dance classes feature industry guests such as agents and casting directors to teach you how to navigate the ever-growing entertainment industry.

A Chance To Connect

Every successful career is based as much on who you know as what you know. Our campus is located in the heart of the dance community of New York City. You can start to build relationships and your network of industry professionals the day you arrive at the School of Performing Arts.

Recent guest choreographers and master artists include Andy Blankenbuehler, Sonya Tayeh, Brian Friedman, Mandy Moore, Tiler Peck, Gregg Russell, Cherice Barton, Jerry Mitchell, Chase Brock, Donna Drake and Curtis Holbrook.

Your career begins the day you enter Pace Performing Arts not the day you graduate!

Become One of Us

All applicants must first read the complete audition requirements and then upload the required materials. If a callback has been issued, the second audition will require you to attend one of our on-campus or regional auditions (details below).

The Commercial Dance Audition will be comprised of the following:

  1. One hour ballet class (Men: black tights, white t-shirt, ballet slippers / Women: any color leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers)
  2. One hour jazz class (All: leotard, tights or jazz pants, and jazz shoes)
  3. One hour tap/hip hop class (All: appropriate shoes required)

Students will be adjudicated for the program by the dance faculty. Our faculty will examine each student’s dance placement, technique and performance quality.

Audition results are mailed from the School of Performing Arts after all audition dates have passed – usually in mid-March. Only students who have been admitted to Pace for academic study will receive audition result letters.