Our dance program has a 30-year history of excellence. The program attracts a cosmopolitan enrollment of students from across the country and abroad and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.
What to Expect
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers two concentrations (performance and choreography or dance education), and all students are required to actively participate in departmental productions.
The program is known for offering rigorous technical training while also providing opportunities for broad-based study in dance and beyond. Experience a world-class repertory, including historical dance works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, Lila York and Lynne Taylor Corbett, as well as original works by our eminent faculty. You will be exposed to dance techniques that include classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, musical theater and world dance.
Students focusing in dance education have multiple opportunities to participate in professional learning experiences in a variety of educational and community settings while completing their studies. By extending the classroom into the field, students participate in hands-on learning that prepares them for teaching dance to a variety of populations while earning K-12 certification in dance.
B B.A. in Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance, in the College of Arts and Sciences, maintains an active guest-artist program that brings in professional directors, choreographers, actors, dancers and designers from all over the world to work with students. As a dance major, you will be exposed to opportunities that will help you develop professional training performance, technique and pedagogical experiences.
The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Dance:
- The Dancer's Body
- Dance Improvisation and Composition
- Dance History
- Choreography I
- Contemporary Technique
Dance majors with a concentration in performance and choreography will take additional courses, including:
- Senior Capstone Concert
Dance majors with a concentration in dance education will take additional courses, including:
- Dance Education I: Introduction to Dance Education
- Dance Education II: Creative Dance
- Dance Education III: Dance Pedagogy for Middle and High School
- Integrated Approaches in Dance Education
- Teaching Internship in Dance Education
- Schools in Communities
- Learners and the Diversity of Learning
- Physical Education for Inclusion
- Content Area Literacies
Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.