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Welcome to the dance program at East Carolina University!
Our dance students work together in a challenging yet supportive environment, building their skills as dance artists and educators under the guidance of a diverse, professional faculty.
Our program is part of the ECU School of Theatre and Dance, and students are able to pursue a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Performance & Choreography. This concentration has rigorous requirements and prepares students through comprehensive technique training in ballet, modern, and jazz, multiple performance opportunities each year, and challenging classes in the creative process alongside coursework in dance history, kinesiology, and pedagogy. Each year, numerous guest artist residencies enable students to gain insights into the professional dance world while diversifying their training. The Performance and Choreography program includes a capstone senior choreography project. Touring and study abroad opportunities are available to all dance students.
Our small program means that students are able to work closely with faculty mentors as they develop their skills and interests in dance. One-on-one attention and frequent performance and choreographic opportunities enable our students to flourish, while the resources of ECU’s large campus allow students to engage their other academic and extracurricular interests. Upon graduation, many students pursue professional performance careers, independent choreography, and teaching positions, while others find that the skills and knowledge they gain at ECU paves the way for graduate school or professional arts administration careers.
Admission to the dance program at ECU is competitive and requires completion of the online application--including a one-minute video and short essay questions—and audition.
Please note that acceptance to the dance program is separate from acceptance to the university. All freshman and transfer applicants must also apply to ECU.
We look forward to learning about your unique talents and interests and helping you explore the dance opportunities available at East Carolina University.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Thank you for your interest in Dance at East Carolina University!
Jayme Klinger Host, Director
School of Theatre and Dance
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