Performance Opportunities for Students

Princeton Dance Festival

The Festival, held each year in late fall, is the program’s major event of the year. Students prepare throughout the fall semester for this performance which is presented in the 350-seat Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Repertory and new works by professional choreographers and faculty are staged on students either through a fall course or through extracurricular rehearsals with guest choreographers. In past years, students have performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Francesca Harper, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, and Pam Tanowitz. Professional lighting and costume designers collaborate with the Lewis Center’s production team to present one of the Lewis Center’s essential performance events. Learn more about 2022 Princeton Dance Festival »

Dance Placement Class

Want to perform in Princeton Dance Festival? Students of all class years interested in performing in the Princeton Dance Festival (December 2-4, 2022) through a course should plan to attend Dance Placement Class on September 5 at 3 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater. The class is not an audition; class is mandatory for interested dance students. Register for placement class

Students enrolled in the following Dance Performance Workshop “B” section courses* will perform in the Princeton Dance Festival:

  • DAN 319 B — Ronald K. Brown
  • DAN 320 B — Davalois Fearon
  • DAN 419 B — Susan Marshall
  • DAN 420 B — Silas Riener & Rashaun Mitchell

*Students in these courses must also enroll in a Choreography Workshop “A” section. Enrollment for both A and B sections will be assigned and confirmed following placement class.

Please email Dance Program Associate Cindy Rosenfeld at with any questions.


Guest Choreographer Auditions for 2022-23

Want to perform in Princeton Dance Festival but can’t take a dance course? Audition to be in a guest choreographer’s work! Students may audition for all 3 opportunities but would only be cast in one. These works will be performed at the Princeton Dance Festival, December 2-4, 2022.

Michael J. Love

Thursday, September 8 @ 4:30 p.m. — Informational Meeting*
Ellie’s Studio N201, Lewis Arts complex
This will be a rhythm tap dance piece choreographed by Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love. Weekly rehearsals will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 6:20 PM.

*If interested in performing in this work, you may also send an email before 9/8 to Michael Love at and briefly describe previous tap experience; or attend the first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 PM in Ellie’s Studio.

Caili Quan

Saturday, September 10 @ 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Murphy Dance Studio, Lewis Arts complex
This will be a contemporary ballet work choreographed by Caili Quan and co-staged with Zachary Kapeluck. Weekly rehearsals will be held Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:20 PM and Fridays 3:30 – 5:20 PM.

Sun Kim

Saturday, September 10 @ 2-4 p.m.
Hearst Dance Theater, Lewis Arts complex
This will be a popping/hip-hop work choreographed by Sun Kim. Weekly rehearsals will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 – 6:20 PM.


Register to attend an audition or the info session »

Learn more about the auditions and choreographers »


Senior Dance Thesis Productions

Seniors in the Program in Dance can satisfy their independent work toward a certificate in dance by choreographing new work, performances, or through scholarly research. Thesis productions take place mainly in the spring semester and are supported through faculty and guest artist advisors and design teams and by the Lewis Center’s production department. Seniors choreographing new work cast their pieces from students both in and outside the Dance Program, providing students an opportunity to work with a senior in the realization of their vision for new choreography; sometimes the seniors choose to create these works in collaboration with their casts. Seniors electing to do a performance thesis are matched with guest or faculty choreographers to perform a new or repertory work — often a solo, duet or small ensemble piece.

Some of the thesis works are part of the spring senior thesis collaborative dance concert presented in the Berlind Theatre or state-of-the-art Hearst Dance Theater in the Lewis Arts complex, while others are presented as individual productions, some of them as site-specific works. Most or all the seniors in the program perform together at the end of the spring in a repertory or new work choreographed by a guest choreographer.


Past Performance Opportunities

See photos, video trailers, and view information on guest choreographers and works performed at past Princeton Dance Festivals on our season archive pages.


In this video, discover how the Program in Dance reimagined its annual Princeton Dance Festival in 2020 for a socially distanced world during a global pandemic with the help of faculty, choreographers, and participating students living throughout the United States and abroad.