FSU in NYC provides a gateway to the professional dance world for the serious dance student. A Fall semester program, FSU in NYC gives students their required academic classes, a variety of internships with leading professional organizations, extensive research and performance-viewing opportunities, and studio classes and workshops in New York City. The program is open to FSU seniors and graduate students, as well as students from other universities.

The FSU in NYC Fall semester is directed by Professor Sally Sommer and centers around the 6-credit course, “New York City: Arts and Resources” (DAN4951 / DAA5950). The first part of this two-part course is an academic class that considers the relationships between the arts and New York City’s resources as interlocking parts in a larger system that has been in existence historically and is in existence today. The second complementary part of the course uses events, performances and exhibitions as the practical/experiential point from which to interrogate the relationships among the varied elements that compose any urban art event. Guest lecturers include working professionals in the NYC dance community: choreographers, performers, directors, administrators, critics, and more.

The required internship component (DAN 5940) develops administrative and business skills through voluntary service to a host organization. Internships are arranged in consultation with the student according to his/her interests and previous experience. The experience gained is invaluable in the transition to post-graduation careers within the dance world, and has been especially beneficial for those who elect to remain in New York City. Past internship placements include: The New York Times, Dance Magazine, New York Public Library/Dance Division, The Joyce Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, LaMaMa, Broadway Cares/Dancers Responding to AIDS, Mark Morris Dance Group, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Movement Research, Pentacle Artists, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Urban Bush Women, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, among many others.

Students may elect to take a dance composition (DAA 4615) lab led by professional New York choreographers. Held weekly, the lab is crafted to give students a glimpse into the creative process and the administrative strategies of a working collaborative group.

Application deadline for 2015 has passed.


For further information and application materials for the FSU in NYC Studies please read the articles “Gateway to the City” and “FSU in NYC” or contact:

Sally Sommer, Director
Florida State University 
School of Dance 
202 Montgomery Hall 
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2120