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Welcome to the UMBC Department of Dance!

The UMBC Department of Dance offers a rigorous Bachelor of Arts degree, designed to prepare future dancers, choreographers, educators and scholars, through a core curriculum that includes traditional and experimental techniques, creative exploration, historical and aesthetic context, performance, technology, and production skills. Our program develops the “whole” dancer, integrating the physical with the intellectual, and the analytical with the expressive. Students train in a range of styles with core faculty and visiting artists, gaining new perspectives about the changing world of contemporary dance. Our goal is to produce unique dance artists who move beautifully, and have something to “say” as dancers and choreographers. We challenge our students to perform to their fullest potential, to test their limits as choreographers, and to question and think critically about dance. Students may apply to become certified to teach dance through a dual program administered by the Department of Dance and the Department of Education.
The Department also provides opportunities for students at all levels of skill to study dance.

UMBC is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.

View our online brochure here.

For technical questions please check out the Applicant Support Help Desk for frequently asked questions.