The LIU Brooklyn Department of Performing Arts, is dedicated to teaching the disciplines of dance, music and theater in a liberal arts environment. The Department aims to provide undergraduate students with a solid technical and artistic foundation that is enriched by personal understanding – one that prepares them as they move on to their professional careers after graduation.
Department of Performing Arts faculty members have years of local, national and international performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, many perform in the New York City area. Their experience guides students in exploring the rigorous critical study of their art form and the disciplined aesthetic practice of the technique. This daily practice provides essential tools and analytic understanding of the student’s performing arts discipline. Students critically investigate and sustain the ideas, traditions and practices in which their present art form is rooted. Through a full range of educational experiences they are prepared to create, perform and prosper within their chosen artistic field.
The Dance Program, which offers both the B.F.A. in Dance and the B.S. in Dance, is a modern-based program that provides rigorous, conservatory-style training for those interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers. The B.F.A. features a foundation in ballet, modern and post-modern dance techniques. The B.S. is designed to meet the artistic and academic needs of students who want to double major or to work in complementary fields. Additionally, the Department’s Dance Wellness Program has put it at the forefront of dance medicine.
Small class sizes provide majors with individualized attention from professional faculty members who are drawn from New York’s finest dance companies. Students learn from and perform historic and contemporary repertory alongside professional guest artists and faculty members.