The mission of the Dance Program is to train students into becoming resourceful contemporary dance artists by offering solid and vigorous studio technique, challenging and vital classroom experiences and numerous performance opportunities.

The B.A. in dance gives students a broad-based education and training in dance allowing students a wide range of flexibility to explore any and all aspects of dance. The degree combines a theoretical and analytical approach to understanding dance with a practical approach through experiential learning. The degree program allows students to combine their dance training with another discipline or area of study to prepare for careers not specifically within the professional world of dance performance. For example, students may combine the B.A. in dance with a minor in fine arts entrepreneurship to prepare for careers in the administrative and management fields. Students might also combine a B.A. in Dance with a double major in Exercise Science to prepare for a career in Dance Conditioning or Physical Therapy. The B.A. in Dance also serves to prepare students interested in continuing their studies to the M.A. and Ph.D. level.

Dance students will…
  • Train with experienced faculty in the areas of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and tap.
  • Prepare for rewarding careers as a dance artist capable of qualitatively contributing to the field of dance.
  • Study and train in the beautiful River Campus, a multimillion dollar facility devoted to the visual and performing arts.
  • Benefit from an established program of collaboration with exceptional professional guest dancers and choreographers.
  • Establish relationships with professional dancers, choreographers, and dance companies through master classes, residencies, internships, intensives, and dance festivals.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance Students will demonstrate:
  • A broad range of knowledge and skills in the area of dance within a liberal arts context;
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of dance repertory and dance styles;
  • A fluency in all practical applications of dance, including performance, choreography, kinesiology and teaching;
  • An ability to develop and defend critical evaluations;
  • An understanding of the major historical and cultural aspects of dance; and
  • An understanding of the many facets of dance production and other professionally oriented work.

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