Performing Arts Fellowship: Program Description

The Performing Arts Fellowship is a full-time, 10-month program.  The fellow works 35-40 hours per week, spending approximately 25% of their time in educational experiences and 75% providing clinical care.  A salary proportional to a 75% case load is provided.

Dates:  September - June


Westside Dance Physical Therapy (WSDPT) - 53 Columbus Ave, Suite 4, New York, NY 10023
Columbia University Irving Medical Center - 617 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032

Program Features:  

160 hours of one-on-one mentorship with performing arts physical therapy specialists, consisting of:

  • 120 hours at Westside Dance Physical Therapy
  •  20 hours of event coverage at New York City Ballet
  •  20 hours at School of American Ballet

840 hours of non-mentored clinical practice in performing arts physical therapy clinic (WSDPT)

150 hours of didactic curriculum provided by dance medicine professionals and Columbia faculty

Research practicum and mentorship for a performing arts-based scholarly project to be disseminated to the professional community, e.g poster and/or platform presentation, publication in peer reviewed journal

Teaching practicum and opportunity to teach and mentor entry level DPT students

Community outreach with university dance programs and private studios 


Additional program requirements:

  • Participate in journal clubs, lead two (online or in the clinic)
  • Participate in and lead four case rounds (online or in the clinic)
  • Present two formal case presentations
  • Attend APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Attend IADMS conference (when in US) and/or PAMA conference
  • Complete healthcare observations, mentored clinical exams, and clinical skills checklists