Performance Opportunities

The Program in Dance offers students a number of performance opportunities throughout the academic year for dancers at every skill level.

To participate, attend the placement class and take a course in Dance and/or audition for this year’s guest choreographers.


Princeton Dance Festival

The Program’s signature event of the year, the Festival features over 50 students performing the works of professional choreographers. In recent years students have performed repertory and new works of such diverse choreographers as Kyle Abraham, Karole Armitage, George Balanchine, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Mark Morris, Dean Moss and Stephen Petronio, as well as work by emerging new choreographers. If not staged by the choreographers themselves, these works are staged by members of the choreographers’ companies, sometimes by the dancers who originally premiered the works. This professionally produced concert is performed in the 350-seat Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.

Audition required. Join us in the Hearst Dance Theater on Saturday, September 16, from 12 to 7 p.m. Open to all Princeton University student dancers. Each audition will be a 2-hour slot per guest choreographer. The guest choreographers for the 2017 Princeton Dance Festival (Dec. 1-3, 2017) will include Brian Reeder, Olivier Tarpaga, and Raphael Xavier. Learn more details about audition times and locations »


Senior Dance Theses

Students have the opportunity each year to be cast in new works choreographed by seniors in the Program, and, as seniors, also have the opportunity to perform in solo, duet and group works by legendary choreographers, which in recent year have included Gregory Dolbashian, Jessica Lang, Rebecca Lazier, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon. A group concert is presented each year in the 350-seat Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theater Center, while other senior theses have been performed in traditional and site-specific, non-traditional spaces on campus.


Performance Lab (PLab)

PLab is an opportunity for student choreographers working in any genre of dance, inside or out of the Program, as well as other artists working within the realm of performance to spend dedicated time making and thinking about work across fields. These works include performance that is dance, writing, theater, or visual art-based and work that crosses boundaries and experiments with new approaches. Students are mentored by faculty and receive feedback from their peers. Other students are cast in these exciting developmental works.


End of Semester Showings

Repertory learned and new works created in courses are presented in informal performances in the studios, held at the end of each semester.



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