Is dance your favorite way to express yourself? Our Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers students an exceptional program in the technique and theory of dance. The Dance Major is a comprehensive major, 60 credits total, so no other major or minor is needed.
As a dance major, prepare not only to develop your technical skills but also to explore your art’s history, theory, and science. Get ready for a tough schedule of technique and choreography classes, long evenings in rehearsal, and academic classes. Dance majors challenge their bodies and their minds in this demanding art form. You will develop abilities in critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication, research, abstract reasoning, and interpretative skills, in addition to rigorous practical and theoretical training in dance.
The BA prepares students for careers as dancers and choreographers and those in dance education, administration, and therapy.
Your performance and choreographic opportunities include:
- Main stage concerts in Legacy Theater and Pease Auditorium on the EMU campus
- Informal showings in Studio 106 and annual participation in the American College Dance Association Conference
Numerous master classes and guest artist residences will pack power into your performance and academic studies. The Cunningham Company, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Demetrius Klein, Pilobolus, Lyon Opera Ballet and Ron Brown are among our past master classes. Lori Bellilove, Biza Sompa and Lisa Nicks of the Doug Elkins Company have shared their unique talents and skills with guest artist residencies. Jazz and hip-hop choreographers routinely offer classes and opportunities to perform their works.
A dance minor adds creative expression and professional discipline to your liberal arts education.
Scholarships are available for incoming dance majors. Awards are based on merit and financial aid, and will be determined at the time of audition.