How to Apply

LEAP serves the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York dance communities.  At this time, we are not able to accomodate students living in areas outside of the three LEAP cities.  Both current and former professional dancers from diverse dance backgrounds as well as varying academic levels are eligible for admission. 

LEAP toward your Bachelor of Arts...


What's required for admissions?

  • Completed application and $50 fee.  
  • A personal statement addressing your artistic achievements, your professional and educational goals, and how you believe a BA in Performing Arts through the LEAP Program will help you achieve those goals.  Uploaded document should be 2-3 pages, 12 pt. font, double spaced.  
  • Current resume which shows at least 2 years of paid professional experience.
  • Official high school transcript, and official transcripts from any colleges and universities attended. (Unofficial documents may be uploaded to the application, with the official [sealed] documents to follow.  Please list Saint Mary's College of California as the recepiant for your offical transcripts.)
  • One Letter of Recommendation.  This will be requested virtually through our application process.
  • Professional Performance & Applied Dance Technique Documentation:  The LEAP program requires that all students verify their professional experience by providing proof of participation in two professional productions, as well as three applied dance areas of study. Where possible, please choose two productions that can also showcase that you have attained proficiency in three qualified dance disciplines. Accepted forms of verification include cast lists, letters from instructors or artistic directors, playbills, programs, reviews, and video excerpts.


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For further information, please contact us at or 1-866-306-0395.

The LEAP Program

P.O. Box 4700

Moraga, CA 94575



In alignment with its mission to make higher education accessible to the dance community, LEAP strives to keep its tuition affordable for the working artist.

Tuition for the 2019/2020 academic year (Summer 2019 through Spring of 2020) is $29,630.

Tuition is paid in ten equal semester installments over the course of enrollment in the LEAP program ($2,963 per core residency course.) 

Financial aid is available through:

  • Student Loans (Stafford Loans)
  • Federal Student Aid (Pell Grants)
  • State Student Aid (CAL grants)
  • Scholarships and Tax Credits

Please visit the financial aid pages for more information.



Photo Credits: Jekyns Pelaez by Michel Higgins; Sarah Van Patten and Tiit Helimets by Erik Tomasson; Mary Kate Sheehan by Whitney Browne; Gabriela Garcia by Jason River; Tara Pandeya by R.J. Muna