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Dance Overview

Dancers can participate in one of the Dance program's two large dance companies, each of which does two major productions in the Mandell Theater every year, as well as a small, selective touring dance ensemble which performs and does workshops in the public schools.

Dance Ensemble

The Drexel Dance Ensemble is a professional caliber dance company presenting two fully-produced concerts in the Mandell Theater each year, performing for more than 1000 people each season.

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FreshDance, the freshman year dance company, provides a dynamic and professional performance opportunity for the incoming class of Drexel University.

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Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble

The Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble offers free assembly programs to students across Philadelphia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved in Theater, Music or Dance at Drexel?

There are many opportunities to get involved in the performing arts at Drexel. We offer opportunities in dance, music, and theater, but also production, technical, and administrative opportunities as well. Visit the Contact Directory for more information on specific ensembles or email Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate ensemble director or you can visit the Performing Arts Office which is located in MacAlister Hall, suite 2018. Our office staff will be happy to direct you to the appropriate director.

Do I have to be a student in the Westphal College to participate in any of the performing arts ensembles?

No! The Drexel Performing Arts Ensembles are open to all Drexel University students regardless of college or major. There is a mix of audition and non-audition based ensembles. Specific details can be found under each discipline.

Do you offer Performance Scholarships?

Yes, many of the ensembles offer performance scholarships which are available to full-time students from any college or major, not just Performing Arts. Many auditions are held during Accepted Students Days. To find out more about our performance ensembles and how to schedule an audition, please visit Performance Scholarships or contact the corresponding ensemble director as listed in the Contact Directory.

How do I purchase tickets for a show?

For information about ticket sales for:

  • Drexel-produced shows: call the box office line at 215.895.1275
  • Guest performances taking place in the Mandell Theater: go to the guest performer’s website for details.