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Bachelor of Arts Dance

It is the mission of the Dance Program to prepare emerging leaders and future professionals who can successfully function in a variety of career paths within and outside of the field of dance. To achieve this mission, curriculum, pedagogy, and faculty research focus on dance as a catalyst for critical thinking, community outreach, and advocacy while maintaining high-quality artistic collaborations at the core of educational experiences.

Our undergraduate program combines a rigorous studio environment with the depth and breadth of liberal arts education. The program maintains an active guest-artist program bringing 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 experiences that will help you develop professional training, performance, technique, and pedagogical experiences.

Emphasis in Performance and Choreography

The B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography is designed for those who wish to obtain a broad undergraduate liberal arts experience and grow as an artist in a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment. Students are provided with a variety of dance studies that stress performance and choreography, and, at the same time, intellectual depth and scope. The program offers a diverse repertory that offers you the opportunity to gain a sound foundation of guided practice in the disciplines and principles of ballet and contemporary dance. The Performance and Choreography emphasis also requires students pursue a minor or cognate in another discipline outside of the dance, allowing the students to combine their interests and build upon their University experience. Admission is dependent on an audition.

Emphasis in Dance Education with K-12 Certification

In conjunction with the College of Education, the dance program at the University of South Carolina offers an opportunity to pursue South Carolina K-12 Teacher’s Certification in addition to pursuing a degree in dance. Dance Education students participate fully in technique classes and performances while also earning a certification to teach in a public or private school in the state of South Carolina and other states.  The teacher certification program requires additional coursework, including a semester of student teaching. Admission is dependent on an audition and interview with the Head of Dance Education.  

Dance Minor

The Dance Minor requires (18) hours of study. Auditions are not required for prospective dance minors. All dance minors must complete the level I ballet and contemporary coursework before requesting approval to enroll in level II and III courses.

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University of South Carolina, Dance Program                                   
Department of Theatre and Dance
324 Sumter Street                                   
Columbia, SC  29208                                   
Phone: (803) 777-5636