Dance Colleges Across All 50 States: The Ultimate List with Links

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Can you go to college for Dance? Can I Major in Dance?

Did you know that every state in the USA has a University Dance Program? Some offer only a minor in dance, but many provide full four-year degrees at a baccalaureate level! You can even gain a master’s degree or even a doctoral degree in dance! Yep, that’s right you can be a Doctor of Dance!!

Here at Dance Parent 101, I have personally researched and scoured the internet and gone through and checked and viewed each and every university and college website that came up with having some sort of dance program to ensure the information in this post is the most current and up to date.

I know the list is not exhaustive (but was correct at the time of posting in early 2020) so if you have a course or institution to add or a correction please fill out the contact form which you can find here and I’ll do my best to validate and then post the information.

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Where Can I Study A Dance Degree?

The Dance Parent 101 Comprehensive List of Dance Majors and Minors At Colleges Across All 50 US States


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Alabama – AL

Troy University, Troy
BFA in Dance and Minor in Dance

Troy University was founded in 1887 as the Troy State Normal School to train teachers for Alabama schools. Troy Dance is part of the College of Communication & Fine Arts which produces more than 200 public performances every year.

  • Although Ballet and Contemporary or Modern dance are the main focus of this course, the BFA at Troy also allows students to study commercial dance to become versatile and more employable after graduating.
  • The course is competitive and all first years are assessed and either invited back to complete the major or advised to seek a different major whilst completing a minor in dance instead.
  • All freshman students are required to enroll in a course or learning community call The Creative Habit based on Twyla Tharp’s book which aims to give students the tools to be successful in their dance studies.

More information about the program can be found right here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Alabama

Alabama State UniversityBFA in Dance
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa BA in Dance, BA in Theatre with a Musical Theatre Concentration, BA and BFA in Theatre, Theatre Minor

Alaska – AK

University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, BA in Theatre or Minors in Theatre or Dance.

The department of Dance and Theatre at the UAA has been delivering high-quality access to the performing arts to the residents of Anchorage and Alaska for the past 25 years.

  • The university offers dance solely as a minor, but a major can be obtained through studying Theatre. Through the Theatre course, practical hours working as backstage crew or technical staff are required. The dance faculty of teach a variety of styles such as Capoeira & West African Dance, Tap dance and Hip Hop to Ballet.
  • The university offers an honors program for those wishing to obtain an Honors in Theatre.
  • The university offers both a dance club that is responsible for building a dance presence on campus and producing various workshops for all UAA students to access as well as a Dance Ensemble. A year commitment must be given to the ensemble and enrollment into two dance courses is also compulsory.

More information about the program can be found right here.


Arizona – AZ

University of Arizona, Tucson
BFA in Dance, MFA in Choreography or Performance, Minor in Dance

The University of Arizona was established in 1885. The College of Fine Arts has been a registered part of the university since 1934, but the dance program, as an independent school within the college has only been around for the last two decades but has made a serious name for itself thus far.

  • The BFA offers a unique triple track where dancers study equally classes in ballet, modern, jazz. Expectations are set high and students treated like they would be in a company environment.
  • Many UA Majors are actually double majors, with many students taking a minor in a completely different subject area that surprisingly complements their dance studies.
  • Dance students have access to a specialized medical clinic and training room. The service provides musculoskeletal care through weekly clinics.
  • The School of Dance has created its own student organization called The Dance Collective. It is an all-inclusive group, so you don’t have to major in dance to be part of it, but it is mostly made up of dance majors. The collective is there to promote the dance program and get people interested in what they are trying to create.

More information about the program can be found right here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Arizona

Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and The Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Tempe BFA, MFA, Minor and Graduate Certificate in Dance
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix – BA in Dance
Mesa Community College, MesaAssociate in Arts, Fine Arts Dance

Arkansas – AR

University of Arkansas, Little Rock
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance Performance and Minor in Dance performance

The University of Arkansas began as a junior college in 1927 and has since progressed to provide more than one hundred degree programs and serve over 11,000 students. It is the only university in the state to offer a BA or BFA in Dance.

  • The department of Theatre Arts and Dance provides students with classes in various styles of dance such as ballet, modern, jazz and tap.
  • The program has a partnership with the state’s professional ballet company – Ballet Arkansas.
  • Students are encouraged to take at least one dance technique class every, even on days their required course work does not contain one. The faculty try their best to schedule classes to enable this to occur.
  • There are numerous performance opportunities available which dance students audition for at the beginning of each semester. Rehearsals for these are scheduled daily Monday to Friday in the afternoon and dance majors should not be taking on commitments that conflict with the rehearsal or performance schedule.

More information about the program can be found right here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Arkansas

Hendrix College, Conway Minor in Dance, Major and Minor in Theatre Arts

California – CA

University of California, Los Angeles
BA in Dance, MFA in Choreographic Enquiry and PhD in Culture and Performance. Honors program is available.

Arguably one of the top schools in California, the University of California, Los Angeles has been around the school circuit since 1919. This college has been making strides towards inclusivity since its inception. The dance program is part of the School of the Arts and Architecture

  • UCLA’s dance program is different from many others because of its strong focus not only on learning to dance but on the choreographic elements to dance as well as emphasizing the cultural impacts of dance as a practice and the internalization of the embodied experience of dance.
  • Students in the program take classes in one of five studios and perform in either the Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater or the Garden Theatre.
  • Unique to the program, UCLA offers a Disability inclusion lab – Dancing Disability for both experienced and emerging, disabled artists.
  • To be considered for entry into this degree not only do applicants need to audition, but they need to submit supplementary documents including among other items a sample research paper and a personal statement.

More information on this unique program is available right here.

Other colleges with a Full Dance Degree in California

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia BFA in Dance
MFA in Choreography
MFA in African Music and Dance
MFA in Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance
California State University, FullertonBA in Dance
California State University, Long BeachBA in Dance
BA in Dance (Option in Dance Science)
BFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
MA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Chapman University, Orange
College of Performing Arts
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance Performance
Minor in Dance
Claremont Colleges
Pomona College, Claremont
Scripps The Women’s College
Pitzer College, Claremont
You are able to study a course in dance at some of the above institutions if you are enrolled in another Claremont College such as Harvey Mudd College or Claremont McKenna College.
BA – Major in Dance – Performance Studies or
BA – Major in Dance – Movement Studies
Minor in Dance
Dance Courses
Dominican University of California, San Rafael & San Fransisco
Dance LINES Ballet
BFA in Dance
Loyola Marymount University, Los AngelesBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Mills College, OaklandBA in Dance
MA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance

Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
San Francisco State University, San Francisco
School of Theatre and Dance
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
San Diego State University, San Diego
School of Music and Dance
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
San Jose State University, San Jose
School of Music and Dance
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
University of California, BerkeleyBachelor of Arts with a Major or Minor in Dance & Performance Studies.
PhD program in Performance Studies.
University of California, Irvine
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
BA and BFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
University of California, RiversideBA in Dance
MFA in Experimental Choreography
PhD in Critical Dance Studies
University of California, San DiegoBachelor of Arts with a Major or Minor in Dance
BA Double Degree – Major in both Dance and Theatre
MFA in Dance
University of California, Santa BarbaraBA and BFA in Dance
MA and PhD in Theatre Studies (can study history and criticism of dance)
University of Southern California
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
BFA in Dance (Choreography for Stage and screen, Dance Performance, Dance & Music)
Minor in Dance
Minor in Dance in Popular Culture: Hip-Hop, Urban and Social Dances
BFA in Musical Theatre (Triple Threat – Study Dance, Drama and Music)

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in California

American River College, Sacramento
Los Rios Community College District
Associate in Arts Degree in Dance
Citrus College, GlendoraAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Certificate in Commercial Dance
City College of San FranciscoDance Performance Art Associate Degree Major
African Heritage Performance Certificate
Classical Dance Performance Certificate
Social Dance Certificate
Chaffey College, Rancho CucamongaAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
College of Marin, KentfieldAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
College of the Sequoias, VisaliaAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Cypress College, CypressAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Dance Teaching Certificate
Diablo Valley College, Pleasant HillAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Glendale Community College California, GlendaleChoreographic studies and Dance Technique Certificate
Dance Teaching Certificate
Associate in Arts Degree in Dance
El Camino Community College District, TorranceAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Fullerton College, Fullerton (Dance)
Fullerton College, Fullerton (Dance Teaching)
Associate in Arts Degree in Dance
Certificate Dance Technique
Certificate Dance Teaching
Golden West College, Huntington Beach Associate in Arts Degree in Dance
Irvine Valley College, IrvineAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Certificate of Achievement – Commercial Dance
Certificate of Proficiency – Dance Technique
Certificate of Proficiency – Mind Body Therapy
Laney College, OaklandAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Long Beach City College, Long BeachAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Mendocino College, Ukiah Associate in Arts Degree in Theatre Arts – Dance Emphasis.
Moorpark College, MoorparkAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Proficiency Award in Commercial Dance
Dance Courses
Mt San Antonio College, WalnutAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Dance Teacher Certificate
Dance Teacher Skills Certificate
Pilates Professional Teacher Training: Cadillac, Chair, Auxiliary
Pilates Professional Teacher Training: Mat and Reformer
Orange Coast College, Costa MesaAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
The Dance Instructor Certificate Program
The World Dance Certificate Program
The Pilates/Dance Conditioning Instructor Certificate Program
Palomar College, San MarcosAssociate in Arts Degree Major or Certificate of Achievement in Dance:
Emphasis in World Dance
Emphasis in Euro-Western Dance
Emphasis in General Dance
Musical Theatre Preparation – Certificate of Achievement
Santa Ana College, Santa AnaAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Dance Certificate in Performance
Santa Monica College, Santa MonicaAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance
Department Certificate – Dance Teacher (Pre K – Grade 5)
Department Certificate in Commercial Dance
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa RosaAssociate in Arts Degree or certificate of achievement in Dance
– Kinesiology, Athletics & Dance
Skyline College, San Bruno Associate in Arts Degree in Dance
Southwestern College, Chula VistaAssociate in Arts Degree in Dance

Colorado – CO

University of Colorado, Boulder
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance, and MFA in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre, Hip Hop Studies Certificate

The University of Colorado in Boulder was founded in 1876 and almost 100 years later CU in Boulder became a system of four campuses across the state of Colorado. Dance courses were originally offered through the physical education program and through much debate the dance faculty in 1972 joined teamed with theatre to create the Department of Theatre and Dance.

  • The dance program from the University of Colorado focuses on contemporary dance and allows students to develop skills in performance and choreography and to understand the importance of dance as it pertains to human culture.
  • Dance majors study courses such as ballet, hip-hop, injury prevention and pedagogy, which is the study of becoming an educator of dance.
  • An aspect of this course is its Dance Outreach Community program. The outreach program is all about engagement and sharing art with those who may not have ready access to it.
  • The department offers a unique Graduate Certificate in Hip-hop studies, which aims to expose students to the richness of hip-hop in practice and theory.

More information regarding this program is located right here

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Colorado

Colorado College, Colarado Springs
Department of Theatre and Dance
BA in Dance
Colorado State University, Fort CollinsBA in Dance
Arts Leadership & Adminstration Minor

Connecticut – CT

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
BS in Dance Education, Cross-Endorsement in Dance Teacher Certification, Dance Minor, BFA in Theatre with Specialization in Performance.

Central Connecticut State University was established in 1849 and is the state’s oldest publicly funded university. The Dance program is part of the Physical Education and Human Performance department which makes this course unique to many others which are usually housed within the Liberal arts or theatre departments.

  • The BS in dance focuses on American Modern dance whilst also embracing the future of contemporary forms.
  • A double major in Dance and Physical Education and Human Performance can be completed as CCSU.
  • The BFA in Theatre with a specialization in Performance allows students to take courses in dance, but also experience and learn about production or voice development which will give those wanting to become a triple threat or get into musical theatre some extra skills to do so.

More information regarding this program is located right here

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Connecticut

Connecticut College, New London BA in Dance
BA in Dance with Honors
Trinity College, HartfordBA in Theatre and Dance
University of Hartford, West HartfordBFA in Dance Performance
BFA in ballet Pedagogy (Teaching)
Minor in Dance
Wesleyan University, MiddletownBA in Dance
BA in Dance with Honors
Minor in Dance
Yale UniversityBA in Theatre Studies (some dance courses offered for study)

Delaware – DE

University of Delaware, Newark
Minor in Dance

The University of Delaware in Newark is one of the oldest universities in the US and can trace it roots back all the way to 1743. It is the only institution that offers a college dance program in the state of Delaware.

  • No audition is necessary to be accepted into the dance minor course.
  • The Minor was developed in 2009 to meet the creative needs of the undergraduates at the university and is a joint program between two departments – College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences.
  • Students study dance as a performing art as well as dance science, pedagogical methods and dance in world cultures.

More information regarding this program is located right here

Other Institutions with a Performing Arts Program in Delaware

Delaware County Community CollegeTheatre Arts Certficate of Competency

Florida – FL

The University of South Florida, Tampa
BA in Dance Studies, BFA in Dance Performance, Minor in Dance,

The University of South Florida in Tampa is a fairly young University in comparison to some on this list being founded in 1956. Dance at USF can be found in the School of Theatre and Dance which is part of the universities College of the Arts.

  • The dance program at USF is described as a conservatory style program, within a liver arts environment.
  • The BA in Dance studies is intended to allow students to minor in another discipline or to develop a unique program of study.
  • The BFA is a professional preparation degree and focuses on technique, choreography, and theory.
  • The School of Theatre & Dance has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

More information is available for those who are interested in pursuing dance right here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Florida

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
BA in Theatre: General Studies
BFA in Theatre: Performance Concentration
BFA in Theatre: Musical Theatre Concentration
Minor in Dance
Florida School of the Arts
St. Joans River State College, Palatka
Associate in Science Degree in Dance Studies/Dance Performance
Florida State College, Jacksonville Associate in Arts Degree in Dance
Florida State University, Tallahassee
School of Dance
BFA in Dance
MA in Dance (American Dance Studies)
MA in Dance (Studio & Related Studies)
MFA for returning professionals in dance
Jacksonville University, Jacksonville
Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Entrepreneurship Certificate or Minor in Kinesiology or Dance Education
MFA in Choreography
Nova South Eastern University, Fort Lauderdale
Department of Performing and Visual Arts
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm beachBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Rollins College, Orlando
Department of Theatre and Dance
BA in Theatre Arts and Dance Major
Minor in Dance
The University of Tampa, TampaBA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Minor in Dance/Theatre
University of Florida, Gainesville
College of the Arts, School of Theatre & Dance
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Valencia College, OrlandoAssociate in Arts in Dance Performance

Georgia – GA

Brenau University, Georgia
BA in Dance Ballet /Modern Dance/ Jazz/ Pedagogy /Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy Concentrations, Minor in Dance

Brenau University in Georgia was established way back in 1878. Brenau has 4 academic college units, which include Education, Fine Arts & Humanities, Health Sciences, and Business & Mass Communication. Their department of dance has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance that breaks down into many different concentrations.

  • This is an ideal college for those who want to be able to branch out with their dance techniques. They offer concentrations in advanced ballet, modern dance, jazz/musical theatre and pedagogy.
  • Unlike other colleges on this list, under the umbrella of BA in Dance, they offer concentrations in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
  • Core classes for the BA consist of choreography, production, dance history and technival training.

More information is available for those who liked what they read about this college right here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Georgia

Agnes Scott College, DecaturBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Courses in Dance
Berry College, Mount BerryMinor in Dance
Columbus State University, ColumbusMinor in Dance
Emory University, AtlantaBA in Dance and Movement Studies
BA in Dance and Movement Studies with Honors
Minor in Dance
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw
Department of Dance
BA with concentrations in Ballet and Contemporary Modern Dance
Minor in Dance
Savannah College of Art and Design, SavannahMinor in Dance
Savannah State University, SavannahBFA in Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance
Spelman College, AtlantaBA in Dance Performance and Choreography
Minor in Dance
University of Georgia, Athens
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Teacher Certification in Dance P-12
Minor in Dance
Valdosta State University, ValdostaBFA in Dance
Minor in Dance

Hawai’i – HI

University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu
BA, BFA, MA, MFA, Ph.D. and Minor in Dance

The University Of Hawai’i is the only institution on the Islands to offer an array of degrees and graduate learning in dance.

  • The courses are unique as they require students’ to study Asian and Pacific Dance amongst other styles such as ballet and modern dance.
  • The BA allows students to study a wider variety of dance interests whereas the BFA is for students who wish to pursue professional careers in dance such as dancers, teachers or choreographers.
  • Students perform in 2-3 productions featuring the work of student choreographers, and an annual performance choreographed by faculty and guest artists. They also have the chance to perform in annual department theatrical productions as well as off-campus performance opportunities.

More information is available for those who liked what they read about this college right here.


Idaho – ID

Brigham Young University Idaho, Rexburg
BA in Dance (Choreography and Performance/Pedagogy), BA Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance, Dance Minor, Dance Cluster

BYUI was founded and is still supported by The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints and its sense of purpose and vision is deeply shaped by the church. The college encourages students to participate and volunteer in student-run programs and believe that their students are at the heart of everything at BYU Idaho.

  • Students study courses in ballet, modern dance technique, Tap, jazz, clog dance, ballroom and social dance.
  • The Interdisciplinary Studies Dance Major is unique to the University and allows students to choose a minor or cluster in a complementary field of studies such as exercise or health science.
  • The college has several extra-curricular dance communities and events to be involved in such as the Dance Society who attend annual trips to conferences and meet and network with dance professionals and alumni.

More information is available for those who liked what they read about this college right here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Idaho

Boise State University, BoiseDance Minor
College of Southern Idaho, Twin FallsAssociate of Arts in Dance
Idaho State University, PocatelloBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
University of Idaho, MoscowBS in Dance
Minor in Dance

Illinois – IL

Columbia College Chicago, Illinois
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance, MA in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling. Minor in Dance, Minor in Hip-Hop Studies

Columbia College Chicago is located in downtown Chicago and serves nearly 7000 students studying over sixty degree programs. The dance program which has a strong focus on contemporary dance is part of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

  • Students study courses in ballet, modern dance, hip-hop and west African dance to live music and under faculty who have had professional expereience in their area of expertise.
  • An interesting aspect of the dance program is its diversity and how a variety of experience and expression to develop a unique artistic point of view is championed.
  • The BFA program is aimed at developing professional dancers with the sole focus of the courses taken being under the dance umbrella, whereas BA students are encouraged to minor in another subject or even do a double major.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Illinois

Elmhurst College, ElmhurstBA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance and Dance Education
Knox College, GalesburgMinor in Dance
Loyola University Chicago, ChicagoBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Teaching Artist Minor
Milikin University, DecaturBFA in Musical Theatre
BA in Theatre and Performance studies
Minor in Dance
North Central College, NapervilleMinor in Dance
Northeastern Illinois University, ChicagoMinor in Dance
Northern Illinois University, DeKalbBFA in Dance Performance
Northwestern University, EvanstonBA in Dance
BA in Performance Studies
MA/PhD in Performance Studies
Principia College, ElsahMinor in Dance
Rockford University, RockfordBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre Performance
Roosevelt University, ChicagoBFA in Musical Theatre (Dance)
Southern Illinois University, EdwardsvilleBS in Theater and Dance
BA in Theater and Dance, Specialization in Dance
Theatre and Dance Minor
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignBA in Dance
BFA ind Dance
MFA in Dance
Dual Majors
Graduate Minor in Dance
Non Dance Majors Dance Courses
Yoga Teacher Certification Program
Western Illinois University, MacombBFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance

Indiana – IN

Butler University, Indiana
BFA in Dance Performance, BA in Dance Pedagogy, BS in Dance Arts Administration, Minor in Dance

Butler University in Indiana was established in 1855 and the Department of Dance at this college has been making the rounds for 50 years.

  • All courses have a strong central focus on classical ballet.
  • The college boasts having its own dance company called the Butler Ballet, which is known for performing full-length classical ballet pieces. The school also promotes an international study program for the summer.
  • Butler Chamber Dance is another company at the university which performs highly contemporary and experimental works.
  • Students can choreograph their own showcases and seniors are given a big boost by producing their own show.

For more information on this state of the art program is click here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Indiana

Anderson University Indiana, AndersonBA in Dance
Complementary Major
Minor in Dance Performance
Summer Dance Intensive
Ball State University, MuncieBA in Dance
BS in Dance
BFA in Dance
BFA in Theatre (Musical Theatre)
Indiana State University, Terra HauteMinor in Dance
Indiana University, BloomingtonBFA in Dance
Indiana University, South BendMinor in Dance
Saint Mary’s College, Notre DameMinor in Dance
Taylor University, UplandBA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
University of Saint Francis, Fort WayneAssociate of Art In dance
BFA in Dance

Iowa – IA

University of Iowa, Iowa City
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance, Dance/Theatre Arts Double Major, Musical Theatre Track, MFA in Dance, Honors Program, Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship, Certificate in Public Digital Arts, Iowa Arts Fellowships

If you are a resident of Iowa especially, it is a no brainer to want to apply to the University of Iowa and be part of their dance program. Their fees are some of the lowest in the country for a top University and they offer a great dance program and lots of degree options.

  • The dance departments offers at least 10 performance opportunities each year for students to participate in.
  • The dance program is big enough to be run by its own department, it is not grouped with theatre or health sciences.
  • There is a student repertory company – Dancers in Company – that performs across and in surrounding states.
  • The dance and theatre departments collaborate to allow students to obtain a double degree in dance and theatre arts or follow a musical theatre track.

More information for this state of the art program is available here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Iowa

Cornell College, Mount VernonBA or BFA with a combination of majors and minors in Dance, Musical Theatre and Theatre
Drake University, Des MoinesBFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Musical Theatre
Grinnell College, GrinnellBA in Theatre and Dance
Honors in Theatre and Dance
Luther College, DecorahMinor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre

Kansas – KS

Wichita State University, Wichita.
BFA in Dance, BA in Dance, Minor in Dance, Certificate in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre

Wichita State University was founded in 1886 and the academic theatre program which later led to the creation of the School of Performing Arts and the national accreditation of a dance degree began in 1924.

  • The Dance Program offers a diverse range of styles from ballet to ballroom or hip hop to musical theatre dance.
  • As a student of the BA or BFA, you would gain the experience of training exactly as a professional dancer does focusing on ballet, jazz, and modern dance.
  • The school provides ample performance opportunities to students within the resident faculty company – Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre.
  • Travel to national dance conferences is promoted, the school has a student organization Mid-America Dance Theatre designed to bring together dance enthusiasts and they regularly have guest artists, teachers, and artists in residence within the program.

More information for this state of the art program is available here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Kansas

Barton Community College, Great BendAssociate of Arts in Dance
Friends University, WichitaBA in Ballet
BFA in Ballet
BA in Muscial Theatre
Minor in Dance
Kansas State University, ManhattenMinor in Dance
Certificate in Dance
Pittsburg State University, PittsburgMinor in Dance
Certificate in Dance
The University of KansasBFA in Dance
BA in Dance

Kentucky – KY

Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights.
BFA in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance

Close to Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University has an annual enrollment of more than 14000 students and boasts having a 19:1 student to faculty ratio.

  • To be accepted into the BFA dance program prospective students are required to go through an application process that includes an interview and audition.
  • As a BFA in Dance student, you are required to study aspects of theatre such as history, business, and staging.
  • Ballet, Modern dance, Jazz, Tap and choreography are also core subjects that must be studied in the BFA.

More information for this state of the art program is available here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Kentucky

Berea College, BereaMinor in Dance
Campbellsville University, Campbellsville Minor in Dance
Morehead State University, MoreheadMinor in Dance
University of Kentucky, LexingtonBA in Dance (Flexibility to do a Double Major)
Minor in Dance
Musical Theatre Certificate
Western Kentucky University, Bowling GreenBA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre

Louisiana – LA

Tulane University, Louisiana
BA in Dance, BA in Dance Movement Arts Track, BFA in Dance

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Tulane University is one of the oldest ones on the list, beginning in 1886. The program focuses on ballet and modern techniques paired with performance experience. They also emphasize student’s skills in choreography and dance technique.

  • This department has its own company, the ‘Newcomb Dance Company’ that was founded in 1940. Students are required to audition every fall for a place within the company. Extra company classes are required to be taken on top of regular classes.
  • This program emphasizes the importance of technique and the main styles taught are ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Students also have the option to take on units in African or Brazilian Dance.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Louisiana

Grambling State University, GramblingMinor in Dance
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeMinor in Dance
Loyola University, New OrleansBA in Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre
Northwestern State University, NachitochesBFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Southeastern Louisiana University, HammondBA of General Studies with a Dance Concentration
Minor in Choreography
Minor in Contemporary Dance Performance
University of Louisiana, LafayetteBFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
University of Louisiana, MonroeMinor in Dance

Maine – ME

Bates College, Lewiston
BA in Dance, Minor in Dance

The dance department at Bates College is over 50 years old and offers a dance major and minor as part of a liberal arts education.

  • Being a liberal arts college, completing a double degree in dance and a complementary subject is common.
  • The program emphasizes modern and contemporary dance as well as choreographic and performance experiences.
  • Course work in dance is available to all students at Bates College through a degree or even as an elective area of interest.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Maine

Bowdoin College, BrunswickBA in Theatre and Dance
Colby College, WatervilleBA in Theatre and Dance
The University of Maine, OronoMinor in Dance

Maryland – MD

Towson University, Maryland
BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and Dance Post-Graduate Teacher Certificate

Towson University is part of the University Systems of Maryland, and is the second-largest university in the system. The university offers 64 undergraduate degree programs and was originally founded as a teachers college and offers the only BFA in dance with a PreK-12 Concentration which means if added on, BFA in dance students are qualified to teach within the US school system.

  • For those who do not want to major in dance, but merely dabble they offer courses like ballet, modern, tap, jazz and yoga. The university also offers classes in aerial dance that incorporates a variety of equipment that hangs from the ceiling like you might have seen in a Cirque du Soleil show.
  •  The dance program boasts of having small class sizes and state of the art facilities including four dance studios and two performance spaces.
  • The Towson University Dance Company holds auditions twice a year providing a professional company experience for successful students.

More information on this unique college experience is available here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Maryland

Frostburg State University, FrostburgMinor in Dance
Goucher CollegeBA in Dance
Departmental Honors for BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Pilates Certified Instructor Course
Morgan State University, BaltimoreBS in Physical Education (Dance Education Track)
Certification in Physical Education K-12 (Dance Education Track)
Salisbury University, SalisburyMinor in Dance
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s CityMinor in Dance/Movement
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Dance Teacher Education Certification Program
University of Maryland, College ParkBA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Washington College, ChestertownMinor in Dance

Massachusetts – MA

Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Massachusetts
BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance, Minor in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre, MFA in Musical Theatre

The Boston Conservatory dance program began in 1943 and had the first-ever specialized college dance department in the country. The contemporary dance program at the college is widely recognized as being one of the best not just in the US, but in the world with its pioneering contemporary dance training.

  • The program is meant to push students to break the barriers of what they believe contemporary dance can be. The conservatory wants students to be able to lay their souls bare and express themselves through their movements. They don’t want any of their students to be conforming to a mold but go beyond it.
  • The Boston Conservatory also provides summer school intensives in commercial dance as well as contemporary and modern dance.
  • For those dancers looking to be a triple threat and work in musical theatre the conservatories, musical theatre degree has been named as one of the top ten by many reviewers in the states.

More information on these amazing programs at Boston Conservatory click here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Massachusetts

Amherst College, Amherst
(A member of the Five College Dance Department)
BA in Theater and Dance
Bard College
at Simon’s Rock the Early College
BA in Dance
Boston University, BostonMinor in Dance
Bridgewater State University, BridgewaterBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
College of the Holy Cross, WorcesterMinor in Dance
Curry College, MiltonMinor in Dance
Dean College
Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Associate of Arts In Dance
Emerson College, BostonBFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Greenfield Community College, GreenfieldAssociate of Arts in Dance
Certificate in Dance
Hampshire College, Amherst
(A member of the Five College Dance Department)
BA with a dance and movement concentration
Harvard, CambridgeCredit courses in dance available
Lesley University, CambridgeMA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
(A member of the Five College Dance Department)
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Teacher Licensure with added Minor
Northern Essex Community College, HaverhillDance Courses
Salem State University, SalemBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Dance Education Certificate
Springfield College, Springfield BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Stonehill College, EastonBA in Performing Arts (Dance Concentration)
BA in Performing Arts (Cross Disciplinary Concentration)
Smith College, Northhampton
(A member of the Five College Dance Department)
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
MFA in Dance
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
(A member of the Five College Dance Department)
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
University of Massachusetts, BostonMinor in Dance
Wheaton College, NortonMinor in Dance
Williams College, WilliamstownContract Major (Dance concentration)
Courses in dance.

Michigan – MI

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BFA in Dance, Minor in Dance, MFA in Dance, Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership, BFA in Musical Theatre

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan holds over 900 performances withing its faculty every year.

  • In the BFA students study core subjects including Modern Dance, Ballet, World Dance and Yoga among other courses.
  • The department has a huge faculty and boasts that they generally have a student to faculty ratio of 7:1.
  • They offer generous funding for Student ventures through their Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment and Leadership program which includes career planning.
  • The Musical Theatre degree is conservatory in style and claim of having the largest group of Alumni working on Broadway today.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Michigan

Alma College, AlmaBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Calvin University, Grand RapidsMinor in Dance
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant BFA in Music Theatre
Minor in Dnace
Eastern Michigan University, YpsilantiBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Grand Valley State University, AllendaleBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Hillsdale College, HillsdaleMinor in Dance
Hope College, HollandBA in Dance
BA in Dance Education
Ability to do a double major
Minor in Dance
Minor in Dance Production
Minor in Dance Pedagogy
Madonna University, LivoniaBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Michigan State University, East LansingMinor in Dance
Muskegon Community College, MuskegonAssociate in Arts and Science in Dance
Northern Michigan University, MarquetteMinor in Dance
Oakland University, RochesterBFA in Dance
BFA in Dance Education and Performance
BA in Dance
BA in Dance Education
Minor in Dance
University of Michigan, FlintBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
MA in Arts Administration
Wayne State University, DetroitBFA in Dance
BS in Dance
MA in Teaching Artistry
Dance Teaching Majors for BFA and BS Program
Minor in Africana Theatre and Dance
Minor in Studio and Community Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Western Michigan University, KalamazooBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Online Certificate in Dance Studio Management
Dance Minor

Minnesota – MN

Minnesota State University, Mankato
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance, BS in Dance, BS in Dance Therapy Pre-Professional, BS in Dance Private Studio Teaching, Minor in Dance, BS in Dance Education K-12, BFA in Theatre Arts Musical Theatre

Minnesota State University in Mankato has gone through many changes since its inception in 1868 from being a teachers college in 1921, to being called a college in 1957 and finally a university in 1975. The Department of Theatre and Dance became it’s own department in 1980 and has been running strong ever since.

  • The dance program at Minnesota State is grounded in its liberal arts tradition.
  • Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Afro-Caribbean Dance forms are just some of the courses offered within the degree.
  • The BS degrees offer students a chance to study a minor in areas such as marketing or psychology increasing their knowledge and employability.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Minnesota

Carleton College, NorthfieldSpecial Major in Dance
Minor in Dance
Concordia University, Saint PaulMinor in Dance
Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint PeterBA in Dance (Honors Program Available)
Minor in Dance
Minor in Arts Administration
Hamaline University, Saint PaulBA in Theatre Arts (Dance Program)
Minor in Theatre Arts (Dance Program)
Macalester College, Saint PaulBA in Theatre and Dance (Honors Program Available)
Minor in Dance
Minnesota State University, MoorheadBFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Theatre Dance
Minor in Theatre Performance – Musical Theatre
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, WinonaMinor in Dance
St. Olaf College, NorthfieldBA in Dance
University of Minnesota, DuluthMinor in Dance
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MinneapolisBFA in Dance
BA in Dance
University of Northwestern, St. PaulMinor in Dance
Winona State University, WinonaMinor in Dance

Mississippi – MS

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
BFA in Dance (Dance Education Licensure), BFA in Dance (Performance and Choreography), Minor in Dance

The dance program at the University of Southern Mississippi is part of the School of Performing and Visual Arts.

  • All dance majors are required to fufil a professional dance internship to gain exposure in an area of dance of interest to each student.
  • Students in the education program spend time in their last semester of their degree in practicum teaching.
  • Students have the opportunity to study on exchange in London.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Mississippi

Belhaven University, JacksonBa in Dance
BFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Certificate in Dance
Apprentice in Dance
The University of Mississippi, OxfordBA in Theatre Arts
BFA in Theatre Arts (Emphasis Musical Theatre)
Minor in Theatre Arts (4Hr Max Dance Units)
Dance Courses Available
William Carey University, HattiesburgBA in Theatre
Minor in Dance

Missouri – MO

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
BFA in Dance, BA in Dance, Minor in Dance

Southeast Missouri State University was founded in 1873 and dedicated an entire campus to the study of theatre arts called The Conservatory of Dance and Theatre which contains beautiful training and performance spaces.

  • The conservatory offers training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Aerial Dance, and has guest teachers and artists in residence as well as five full-time faculty members.
  • The program includes 12 public dance performances every year in a variety of disciplines.
  • The conservatory also consists of an academy for dancers aged 6-18 in classical and contemporary styles.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Missouri

Avila university, Kansas CityMinor in Dance
College of the Ozarks, Point LookoutBA with and emphais in Music Theater
BS with and emphais in Music Theater
Cottey College, NevadaAssociate of Fine Arts Degree in Dance
Minor in Dance
Culver Stockton College, CantonDance and Movement Course
Lindenwood University, St. CharlesBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Minor in Dance Studio Management
Education K-12 Minor
Missouri Baptist University, St LouisMinor in Dance
Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre
Missouri State University, SpringfieldBS in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Missouri Valley College, MarshallBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Missouri Western State University, St. JosephMinor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Saint Louis University, St. LouisMinor in Dance
University of Central Missouri, WarrensburgMinor in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Washington University in St.LouisBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Webster University, St. Louis
Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
BA in Dance
BFA in Dance with an emphasis in ballet
BFA in Dance with and emphasis in modern
Minor in Dance Technique
BFA in Musical Theatre
William Jewell College, LibertyCertificate in Ballroom Dancing
University of Missouri, Kanas City
UMKC Conservatory
BFA in Dance

College & University Dance & Ballet Degrees Ultimate List: Choosing a Major, Advice, Planning, Study

Montana – MT

University of Montana, Missoula
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance Choreography/Performance, BFA in Dance Teaching, Minor in Dance, Minor in Dance Education, BFA in Musical Theatre

The School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Montana is located in the beautiful setting of Western Montana, surrounded by mountains. The dance programs are designed to ensure students are equipped wither to enter the progression world as choreographers or performers or as educators.

  • Dance students have the unique opportunity to gain professional experience with the CoMotion Dance project which tours and teaches regionally.
  • The University has the only degree dance program in the state.
  • Ballet, Modern Dance, Pedagogy, Children’s Dance, World Dance and Composition are just some of the course areas you will study as a dance major.

More information about the degrees can be found here.


Nebraska – NE

University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
BA in Dance, Minor in Dance

The College of Fine and Performing Arts is part of the Glenn Korff School of Music which is in its 125th year at the University. Classes in ballet and modern dance are available to all students at the university, not just dance majors.

  • Being a liberal arts college, completing a double degree in dance and a complementary subject is common.
  • Dance History, composition, kinesiology and Injury Prevention and Improvisation are just some of the classes offered in the dance program.
  • The focus of the BA course is Modern Dance and allows curricular space for a second major. A minor is a prerequisite of the BA degree.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in Nebraska

Creighton University, OmahaMinor in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Nebraska Wesleyan University, LincolnBFA in Musical Theatre
University of Nebraska, KearneyMinor in Dance
University of Nebraska, OmahaMinor in Dance

Nevada – NV

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BFA in Dance in Performance and Choreography, BFA in Dance in Production and Management, BFA in Dance for the Professional, Minor in Dance, Minor in Pilates, Certificate in Pilates Training

The Department of Dance at the University of Nevada is located in the heart of Las Vegas and therefore have a very unique view of the current needs of the entertainment world, but strive to exceed the training needs of the Las Vegas commercial dance style.

  • The university offers a wide variety of courses and places equal emphasis on ballet, modern and jazz techniques.
  • Pilates, music theory, production, dance history, educational method, kinesiology and injury prevention are just some of the courses of study available.
  • There is also a strong focus on injury prevention and health. The university offers a Consortium for Health and Injury Prevention whose mission it is to empower performing artists about health issues.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other colleges with a Dance Program in

Truckee Meadows Community College, RenoDance Cources
Western Nevada College, Carson CityDance Cources
University of Nevada, RenoBA in Dance
Minor Dance

New Hampshire – NH

University of New Hampshire, Durham
BA in Theatre (Dance Option), BA in Muscial Theatre, Minor in Dance, Minor in Musical Theatre, MA in Education, MA in Arts in Teaching, Certification in Dance Education K-12

In 2017 the University celebrated their 150 year history of providing dance, music and theatre education within the institution. It was all the way back in 1974 that the Dance department which was formerly part of the Physical Education division combined with the theatre department and in 1975 Jazz and Theatre Dance classes were being provided.

  • Dance courses such as ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and aerial arts as well as composition, dance history, and choreography are some of the areas studies in the dance option of the Theatre BA.
  • The department offers more than 25 performance opportunities every year and the program attracts many guest artists and teachers.
  • Students of the BA can choose to do an optional fifth year of study to fulfill the department of Educations requirements to be able to teach in the education system.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in New Hampshire.

Antioch University, New EnglandMA in Dance/Movement Therapy
MEd Dance/Movement Therapy
Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy
Keane State College, KeaneBA in Theatre and Dance (specialization in – Choreography and performance/Dance Education/Dance Education dual degree)
Minor in Dance
Plymouth State University, PlymouthBA Interdisiplinary Degree
BA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance

New Jersey – NJ

Montclair State University, New Jersey
BFA in Dance, BA in Dance (Education) and MFA in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Musical Theatre

Founded in 1908 and is one of the smaller colleges on this list, which is not surprising because New Jersey tends to be a smaller state overall. Their College of the Arts Department of Theatre and Dance has been around for over 50 years and boasts of teaching hundreds of trained actors, dancers, art managers, etc.

  • Their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program includes daily classes in ballet, modern and/or contemporary. Some other interesting dance courses they offer under this umbrella is West African Dance, Capoeira, Latin Dance Forms or Afro-Cuban Dance.
  • The Master in Fine Arts is a program that has recently been developed for mid-career dance artists transitioning in their careers.
  • The BA in Dance program focuses on two concentrations both dance and education and graduates are certified to teach dance in numerous settings such as public and private K-12 schools, community centers, dance studios and after school programs.

More information for this amazing program can be found here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in New Jersey

Centenary University, HackettstownBA in Theatre Arts (Dance Concentration)
BA in Theatre Arts (Musical Theatre Concentration)
Minor in Dance
The College of New Jersey, EwingIntegrated Performing Arts Minor
Integrated Performing Arts Courses
Drew University, MadisonBA in Theatre Arts
Minor in Dance
Fairleigh Dickinson University, TeaneckBA in Theatre Arts (Musical Theatre Concentration)
Minor in Dance
Georgian Court University, LakewoodBA in Dance, Minor in Dance
Minor in Dance Therapy
Kean University, UnionMinor In Dance
Monmouth University, West Long BranchCourses in Dance
New Jersey City UniversityBA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance
Princeton University, PrincetonCertificate of Proficiency in Dance
Raritan Valley Community College, BranchburgAssociate of Fine Arts in Dance
Rider University, LawrencevilleBA in Dance Performance
BA in Dance Studies
Minor in Dance, Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration
Rowan University, GlassboroBA in Dance, Minor in Dance
BA in Theatre (Musical Theatre Concentration)
Rutgers University, New BrunswickBFA in Dance Performance
BA in Dance, BFA/EdM 5 year track
EdM in Dance Education with State Certification
EdM in Dance Education with No State Certification
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Stockton University, GallowayBA in Dance (concentrations – Dance Performance, Dance Studio Operations, Dance Arts Administration, Dance Pre-Movement Sciences, Dance Theatre/Dance, and Dance Pre-Physical Therapy Dance)
Minor in Dance

New Mexico – NM

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
BA in Dance, Minor in Dance, Minor in World Dance, Minor in Flamenco, MFA in Dance, MFA in Theatre & Dance

The Fine Arts Department at the University of New Mexico offers a diverse range of study options in dance and theatre and as a college presents over 300 public performances, exhibitions, installations and discussion every year .

  • The dance department focuses on being a leader in cutting edge choreography and experimental dance.
  • Students become well prepared to focus on a professional career or a graduate degree in education, history/criticism or dance performance.
  • The university is unique to the whole of the USA in that it offers minors in World Dance and Flamenco, and that the BA in dance has two areas of concentration: Contemporary Dance and Flamenco.

More information for this program can be found here.

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
BA in Dance: Contemporary Dance Concentration, BA in Dance: DanceSport Concentration, BA in Dance: Spanish Dance Concentration, MA in Teaching: Empahsis in Dance, Minor in Dance

The dance program at the New Mexico State University unlike many others in this list is part of the Kinesiology & Dance department (KIND) which seeks to explore human movement from ‘biological, behavioral, social, pedagogical and artistic perspectives.’

  • This university is unique as it has a degree that concentrates in DanceSport also known as ballroom dancing where students study subjects such as American Rhythm and Smooth and International Latin at different levels.
  • Also unique to the university is the degree in Spanish Dance where students study subjects such as Flamenco, Classical Spanish Dance, Spanish Dance Ensemble and Flamenco Dance history and Pedagogy.
  • The MATD allows students to focus on PreK-12 to Adult dance education in contemporary, DanceSport or Spanish Dance at a gradute level.

More information for this program can be found here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in New Mexico

Northern New mexico College, EspanolaFine Arts Associate Degree in Dance

New York – NY

The College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY), Brockport
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance, BS in Dance, MA in Dance, MFA in Dance, MA in Dance with Teacher Certification, Dance Minor

The College at Brockport is one of many affordable State University of New York or SUNY colleges that offer degrees, minors and courses in dance. The college was established in 1835 and has an annual enrollment of less than 10000 students.

  • The same dance courses are studied within the BA and BS in Dance but the difference between them is that each degree has special requirements, for example, it is a requirement of the BA to complete a minimum of 90 credits in liberal arts courses whereas the BS requires only 60.
  • The BFA program is highly selective and students are accepted through audition from the BA or BS degree programs in their second semester.
  • The college has state of the art facilities such as a large-space studio theater, costume and scene shops, fully equipped proscenium dance theater, five dance studios, a body-conditioning lab, a health pool and computerized music and design studios.
  • The college also has several graduate programs that can be catered for differing emphasis such as health and wellness or women and gender studies for example as well as technique and general graduate dance courses.

For more information about the dance programs at The Brockport College click here.

The Juilliard School, New York, BFA in Dance

We couldn’t get away with a list of Dance Colleges without mentioning the institution many aspiring artists dreams of getting into – Juilliard. It has been hailed as one of, if not the top dance school in the country. Started in 1905, this school has been around to shape new artists for over 100 years and is in the arts capital of the nation, New York. They have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.

  • This Fine Arts degree is a 4-year program, and encompasses the art of ballet, modern and contemporary dance techniques.
  • Many students want to get into Julliard for the fact that not only will this program help you advance in these three dance genres, but it also introduces dancers to top choreographers in the business that will help further their careers.

More information about the Juilliard School of Dance is available here at just the click of a button.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in New York

Adelphi University, Garden CityBFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Alfred University, AlfredMinor in Dance
American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New YorkBFA in Dance Theatre
Associate of Occupational Studies: Dance Theatre
Conservatory Certificate: Dance Theatre
BFA in Music Theatre
Associate of Occupational Studies: Music Theatre
Conservatory Certificate: The Integrated program – Acting, Dance, And Music Theatre
BFA in Performing Arts
Bard, Annandale-on-HudsonBA in Dance
Buffalo State, Buffalo
The State University of New York
BA in Arts and Letters – Dance Concentration
Minor in Dance
Columbia University in the City of New York
Barnard College
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
College of Staten Island, Staten Island
The City University of New york
Minor In Dance
Cornell University, IthacaMinor in Dance
BA in Performing & Media Arts
Five Towns College, Dix HillsBFA in Theatre Arts – Musical Theatre
Fordham University, Bronx
(See also The Ailey School)
BFA in Dance
Hamiliton College, ClintonBA in Dance and Movement
Minor in Dance
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, GenevaBA in Performance and Choreography
BA in Dance Education
BA in Dance Movement Studies
BA in Dance Theory and Performance
Minor in Dance
Hofstra University, HampsteadBFA in Dance
BA in Dance
BS in Education: Dance Education
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Hunter College, New York
CUNY
BA in Dance
BA in Dance Education
BA Pre K-12 Dance Education
MA in Dance Education
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Iona College, New RochelleBA in Arts Leadership
Minor in Dance
Ithaca College, IthacaBFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Joffrey Ballet School, New York
In Partnership with New Jersey City University
BFA in Dance
Keuka College, Keuka ParkMinor in Creative Arts (music, theatre, dance)
Le Moyne College, SyracuseMinor in Dance
Lehman College, Bronx
CUNY
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Somatic Studies and Wellness
BFA in Multimedia Performing Arts – Concentration in Dance
Long Island University, BrookvilleBFA in Dance Studies
BFA in Theatre Studies (Musical Theatre)
Minor in Dance
Manhattanville College, PurchaseBA in Dance
BA in Dance Therapy
Marymount Manhattan College, New YorkBA in Dance – Body, Science, and Motion Concentration
BA in Dance – Dance and Media Concentration
BA in Dance – Dance Studies Concentration
BA in Dance – Teaching Dance Concentration
BFA in Dance – Ballet Concentration
BFA in Dance – Choreography Concentration
BFA in Dance – Jazz Concentration
BFA in Dance – Modern Concentration
BFA in Muscial Theatre
Minor in Dance
Molloy College/ Cap21, Rockvill CentreBFA in Theatre Arts
Nassau Community College, Garden CityAssociate of Arts in Dance
New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
MA Teaching Dance Grades K-12 Initial Certfication
MA Teaching Dance Grades K-12 Professional Certification
MA, Teaching Dance, Grades K–12, Initial Certification/MFA, Dance
MA, Teaching Dance in the Professions
MA, ABT Ballet Pedagogy
Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate, Teaching Dance, Grades K–12
New York University, New York
TISCH
BFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
MFA in Teaching Dance
Minor in Dance
Opportunity to study dance as a double degree and in a variety of other contexts.
Niagra UniversityBFA in Performance
Minor in Dance
Pace University, New YorkBFA in Commercial Dance
Minor in Dance
Pratt Institute, BrooklynMS in Dance/Movement Therapy
Queens College, QueensBA in Theatre & Dance
Minor in Theatre & Dance
Sarah Lawrence College, BronxvilleBFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Skidmore College, Saratoga SpringsBS in Dance – Performance and Choreography Track
BS in Dance – Dance Research Track
Minor in Dance
State University of New York, BrockportBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BS in Dance
MA in Dance
MFA in Dance
MA in Dance with Teacher Certification
Dance Minor
State University of New York, CortlandBa In Muscial Theatre
BFA in Musical Theatre
State University of New york, FredoniaBFA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Minor in Dance Studio Administration
State University of New York, GenescoMinor in Dance
Minor in Dance history
Dance Concentration
State University of New York, OneontaMinor in Dance
State University of New York, OswegoMinor in Dance
State University of New York, PotsdamBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
BA in Arts Management
Musical Theatre Minor
State University of New York, PurchaseBFA in Dance
Syracuse University, SyracuseBFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
The Ailey School
(Look also at Fordham BFA program)
BFA in Dance
Certificate Program
Independent Study Program
Summer Intensive
The City College of New York, New YorkBA in Theatre (Musical Theatre Track)
The Julliard School, New YorkBFA in Fine Arts
The New School, New York
Eugene Lang College
BA in Contemporary Dance
Minor in Dance
The Sages Colleges, Troy
Russell Sage College
Minor in Dance
Union College, SchenectadyMinor in Dance
University of Buffalo, BuffaloBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BFA in Music Theatre
MFA in Dance
University of Rochester, RochesterBA in Dance – Concentration: Creative Expression and Performance
BA in Dance – Concentration: Dance Studies
Minor in Dance
Minor in Movement Studies
Wagner College, Staten IslandBS in Dance Education
BS in Arts Administration
Vassar College, PoughkeepsieCredited Courses in Dance

North Carolina – NC

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, K-12 Teacher Licensure Certification, MA in Dance, MA in Dance Education (Distance Education), MFA in Dance, BA in Arts Administration

The University of North Carolina’ Greensboro Campus was founded in 1891 originally to give women access to a college education. As a public university, its dance program is impressive and diverse.

  • The K-12 Teacher Licensure can be added onto the BA, BFA, MA or MFA degrees in dance but the course credits needed for certification differs with each degree.
  • Students in the dance degrees have the opportunity to study courses in contemporary dance, ballet, African dance, tap, jazz, capoeira and more.
  • On top of the degrees, the university offers various programs such as a dance education and technology workshop and a summer dance intensive.

More information about the dance program at Greensboro is available here at just the click of a button.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in North Carolina

Appalachian State University, BooneBA in Dance Studies
Dance Studies – Honors
Minor in Dance
Minor in Somatic Sustainability
Catawba College, SalisburyBA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Davidson College, DavidsonMinor in Dance
Duke University, DurhamBA in Dance – Choreography & Performance
BA in Dance – Dance of the 20th & 21st Centuries
BA in Dance – Human Movement in its Cultural Context
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Honors Program
East Carolina University, GreenvilleBFA in Dance with a concentration in Performance & Choreography
BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration Musical Theatre
Elon University, ElonBFA in Dance Performance and Choreography
BS in Dance Science
BFA in Music Theatre
BA in Arts Administration
Greensboro College, GreensboroBA or BS in Theatre – Musical Theatre Concentration
Minor in Dance
High Point University, High PointBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Johnson C. Smith University, CharlotteBA in Dance
BA in Performing Arts
Lees McRae College, Banner ElkBFA in Musical Theatre
Meredith College, RaleighBA in Dance
BA in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education and K-12 License
BA in Dance with a concentration Private Dance Studio Teaching
Minor in Dance
Professional Performance certificate – Dance Track
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, GreensboroMinor in Dance
North Carolina Central University, DurhamTheatre, Dance Performance Concentration
North Carolina State UniversityCredited Courses in Dance
Salem College, Winston-SalemBA in Dance and Movement Science
BS in Dance and Movement Science
University of North Carolina, AshevilleMinor in Dance
University of North Carolina, CharlotteBA in Dance, Dance Education
BA in Dance, Performance, Choreography, and Theory
Minor in Dance
Advanced Dance Studies, Undergraduate Certificate
Dance, Professional Training, Undergraduate Certificate
Musical Theatre, Undergraduate Certificate
University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, Winston-SalemBFA in Classical Ballet
BFA in Contemporary Dance
University of North Carolina, WilmingtonCourses in Dance
Wake Forrest University, Winston-SalemMinor in Dance
Western Carolina University, CullowheeBFA in Theatre – Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
William Peace University, RaleighBA in Musical Theatre

North Dakota – ND

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
Minor in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre

Unfortunately, no university or college at this time in North Dakota has a dedicated dance major or degree. The closest I could find was the BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Dance offered at the University of North Dakota. The University of North Dakota is the state’s biggest and oldest dedicated dancers could increase their training by joining the Cheer, Dance or Hockey Cheer team.

  • The dance minor can be completed in two years and allows you to study courses in dance such as ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and musical theatre style dance.
  • The Musical Theatre degree includes the same courses as described above but also includes training in acting and voice with the aim of helping students become a triple threat for a career in musical theatre.
  • The Dance Minor can also supplement many other areas of study including the many degrees and certificates in education and teaching the university also offers.

More information about the dance minor at the University of North Dakota click here

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in North Dakota

Dickinson State University, DickinsonMinor in Dance
Minot State University, MinotConcentration in Dance and Movement

Ohio – OH

Oberlin College & Conservatory, Ohio
BA in Dance, Minor in Dance, Honors Program

The Oberlin College and Conservatory was founded in 1833 and has more than 47 major areas of study and boasts of a student to faculty ratio of 11:1. The conservatory is for music studies whereas the College of Arts and Sciences is where the department for dance

  • They encourage a student’s ability to create their own dance. This allows students to put on their own productions and gives them the opportunity to choreograph their own dance for it. They offer the honors programs for seniors majoring in dance who are considered advanced.
  • The one thing that makes this program in Ohio unique is that students can study at other campuses in New York that Oberlin is affiliated with such as the Tisch School of the Arts, Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program, the GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) Arts Program, as well as the Laban Centre in London. This makes it possible for students to study the craft with a variety of other teachers and students outside of the curriculum of their own college.

More information about the dance program is available here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Ohio

Ashland university, AshlandBA in Musical Theatre
Baldwin-Wallace University, BereaBA in Theatre and Dance: Dance and Movement
BA in Music Theatre
Minor in Theatre and Dance
Bowling Green State University, Bowling GreenMinor in Dance
Case Western Reserve University, ClevelandBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
MFA in Contemporary Dance
MA in Dance
Cleveland State University, ClevelandBA in Dance – Creative Process and Perfomance Track
BA in Dance – Dance in Community Track
Minor in Dance
Denison, GranvilleBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Heidelberg University, TiffinBA in Theatre – Musical Theatre Concentration
Kent State University, KentBFA in Dance Performance
BA in Dance Studies
Minor In Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Kenyon College, GambierBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Lakeland Community College, KirtlandCredit courses in Dance
Miami University, OxfordMinor in Dance
Ohio Northern University, AdaMinor in Dance
BA in Musical Theatre
Ohio University, AthensBFA in Performance & Choreography
BA in Dance
Minor in Dance – Choreography and Performance
Minor in Dance – Dance History and Theory
Minor in Dance – Dance Somatic Studies
Honors Tutortial College BFA in Dance
Ohio Wesleyan University, DelawareBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Otterbein University, WestervilleMinor in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Shawnee State University, PortsmouthMinor in Dance
BFA/BA in Musical Theatre
Sinclair College, DaytonCourse in Dance
The College of Wooster, WoosterBA in Theatre and Dance
Minor in Theatre and Dance
The Ohio State University, ColumbusBFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
PhD in Dance Studies
The University of Akron, AkronBFA in Dance
BA in Dance with Business Cognate
Minor in Dance
University of CincinnatiBFA in Dance with an empasis in ballet
University of DaytonBA in Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology
Wittenberg University, SpringfieldBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Wright State Univerisity, DaytonBFa in Dance
Minor in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Youngstown State University, YoungstownBA in Dance Management
Minor in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Musical Theatre

Oklahoma – OK

Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City
BPA in Dance Performance, BS in Dance Management, BS in Entertainment Business, BS in American Dance Pedagogy and BA in Dance

The Ann Lacy School of Dance and Entertainment at Oklahoma City University, formerly name The School of American Dance and Arts Management, named after a university trustee and benefactor has been around since 1981, so it is one of the newer programs in the country. The school claims to be America’s Premier Musical Theatre Dance program.

  • Initially, all students are taken in as dance majors. In their third year, students are matched and placed into the three programs that the college provides: Dance Performance, Dance Management, and American Dance Pedagogy. The decision as to which focus the student is placed in is decided from student interest and faculty evaluation.
  • In the foundation program, the types of dance studied are Musical theatre in style – from ballet, jazz and tap and theatre dance.
  • It is important to the faculty that students are prepared and responsible for their career paths and career preparation courses and co-curricular activities are taken.

More information on this program can be found here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Minor in Dance
Oral Roberts University, TulsaBA in Dance: Dance Management concentration
BA in Dance: Dance Performance concentration
BA in Dance: Dance Pre-Movement Therapy concentration
BA in Theatre: Musical Theatre
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, DurantBA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
The University of Oklahoma, Norman BFA in Dance Ballet Performance
BFA in Dance Ballet Pedagogy
BFA in Dance Modern Dance Performance
Mino in Dance History
MFA in Dance
University of Central Oklahoma, EdmondBFA in Dance Performance
BA Ed, Dance Education
BA Arts Administration
Minor in Dance

Oregon – OR

University of Oregon, Oregon
BA in Dance, BS in Dance, Minor in Dance, MA in Dance, MFA in Dance, Certificate in Teaching Dance and Dance Courses

The School of Music and Dance at this University offers a variety of courses from choreography/performance to dance education and dance science, to name a few. This school is made up of a close-knit group of young artists who immerse themselves completely in the program.

  • The classes that are offered through this program can range from the very beginning level for those who may not have been dancers their whole lives but want to learn, to the advanced levels. The area of studies encompasses tap, ballet, hip-hop, African and a variety of other courses. There is also the opportunity to earn a certificate to teach Dance.
  • The program has a student-run organization called Dance Oregon that promotes affordable opportunities for those who are interested in dance. This organization also participates in The American College Dance Association, which has been around since 1971 and helps promote dancers in higher education.

More information for this program can be found here and here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Oregon

Lewis & Clark College, PortlandMinor in Theatre with a concentration in dance
Linfield College, McMinnvilleCredit Courses in Dance
Oregon State University
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Credit Courses in Dance
Pacific University Oregon, Forest GroveBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Reed College, PortlandBA in Dance
BA in Dance-Theatre
Interdisciplinary Dance Major available
Southern Oregon University, AshlandMinor in Music Theatre
Dance/Movement Studies Courses
University of Portland, Portland Credit Courses in Dance
Western Oregon University, MonmouthBA/BS in Dance
Minor in Dance

Pennsylvania – PA

Temple University, The Boyer College of Music and Dance, Philadelphia
BFA in Dance, MA in Dance, MFA in Dance, PhD in Dance,Minor in Dance

Temple University is a public university in Philadelphia and was originally founded as a night school in 1884. Its main campus is surrounded by the Philadelphia city skyline, and millions of dollars are being invested into new and upgraded facilities. The Boyer College of Music and Dance was established in 1962 and is part of the Center for Performing and Cinematics arts.

  • The BFA in Dance is a 124 credit undergraduate degree program where students train in ballet, modern, post-modern, African Diasporic forms, choreography, dance history, theory and performance amongst other courses.
  • The University is unique as it offers several dedicated graduate programs in dance. The MA is designed for graduates interested in creativity, research, and teaching whereas the MFA emphasizes dance as a performing art. The Ph.D. is one of only five in the USA and is completed over 4-6 years under the direction of a diverse faculty.
  • The university offers an array of student clubs and organizations as well including Esencia Latina where students have the opportunity to explore Latino culture through dance or the all-female group Ladies of Elegance Step, the Temple Breakers – a break dancing organization or Dare to Dance the student dance company that competes in local competitions such as Battle on Broad.

More information about the Temple University Dance program click here.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Pennsylvania

Allegheny College, MeadvilleMinor in Dance and Movement Studies
Bloomsburg University, BloomsburgMinor in Dance
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn MawrBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Bucknell University, LewisburgMinor in Dance
California University of Pennsylvania, CaliforniaBA in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre
Minor in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Cedar Crest College, AllentownBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
DeSales University, Center ValleyBA in Dance
Dickinson College, CarlisleBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Drexel University, PhiladelphiaBS in Dance
Minor In dance
Minor in Performing Arts
East Stroudsburg University, East StroudsburgMinor in Dance
Eastern University, St. DavidsBA in Dance
Minor In dance
Franklin & Marshall CollegeBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Indiana university of Pennsylvania, IndianaBA in Dance Arts/Interdiciplinary Fine Arts
Minor in Dance
BA in Musical Theatre/Theatre
La Roche University, PittsburghBA in Performing Arts – Dance Performance
BA in Performin Arts – Dance Studio
Minor in Performing Arts – Ballet
University of Lincoln, LincolnBA (HONS) Dance
Marywood University, Scranton Minor in Dance
Mercyhurst University, ErieBA in Dance
BA in Dance Pedagogy
BFA in Dance
Minor in Arts Administration
Messiah College, MechanicsburgBA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Moravian College, BethlehemMinor in Dance
Muhlenberg College, AllentownBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Pennsylvania State University, University ParkBS in Dance (Program currently on hold)
BFA in Musical Theatre
Point Park University, PittsburgBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Seton Hill University, GreensburgBA in Dance – PreDance/Movement Theraphy
BA in Dance – Choreography
BA in Dance – Education/Pedagogy
BA in Dance – Performance
Minor in Dance
BA in Dance with MBA (Accelerated Time Frame)
Slippery Rock University, Slippery RockBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Dual Degree with APA 4+1 (MS in Adapted Physical Activity)
Swathmore College, SwathmoreBA in Dance: Choreography
BA in Dance: Dance Studies
BA in Dance: Performance
Minor in Dance
Honors Program
Special Majors Available (Examples – Dance and Anthropology, Dance and Art, Dance and Biology, Dance and Education, and Dance and Psychology)
Temple University, Philadelphia
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghMinor in Dance
University of the Arts, PhiladelphiaBFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Ursinus College, CollegevilleBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
(Scholarship Program Available)
Westchester University, West ChesterBA in Theatre: Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Wilkes University, Wilkes-BarreBA in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
York College of Pennsylvania, YorkMinor in Dance

Rhode Island – RI

Rhode Island College, Providence
BA in Dance Performance, Minor in Dance Performance

Rhode Island College or RIC was founded in 1854 as a state school providing teacher preparation programs. The college hosts around 9000 students every year and is located on a park-like campus which has a suburban atmosphere.

  • The Dance Major was established in 2000 and focuses on three aspects of dance performance – style and technique, composition and performance, history and theory.
  • Students in the Dance Performance BA study ballet, modern dance, choreography, dance history, Jazz, Tap, Dance for Musical theatre and many other subject areas.
  • Related courses students can study are human anatomy, kinesiology, and Biology.
  • The Rhode Island College Dance Company is a modern dance ensemble which provides professional dance experience for students.

More information about the Rhode Island College Dance Program is available here.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Rhode Island

Brown University, ProvidenceBA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies – Dance
Providence College, ProvidenceMinor in Dance
Roger Williams University, BristolBA in Dance/Performance
Minor in Dance/Performance
BA in Performing Arts
Minor in Performing Arts
Salve Regina University, NewportMinor in Dance

South Carolina – SC

The University of South Carolina, Columbia
BA in Dance: Performance & Choreography, BA in Dance: Dance Education K-12 Certification, Minor in Dance

The University of South Carolina in Columbia was established all the way back in 1801 as a college and was renamed a university in 1901. Today the University is acclaimed by many such as Forbes and U.S. News as providing many world-class programs and lays claim to being the Nations best Public University Honors College.

  • The dance program offers two emphasis areas in dance and both offer the opportunity for students to gain a good foundation in classical ballet, contemporary dance, and jazz.
  • After studying the core course work, education students continue to study alongside students following the emphasis in performance and choreography in the studio and for performance work.
  • Being part of the liberal arts program, students following the emphasis in Performance and Choreography alongside their dance studies are able to pursue elective subjects in other areas of interest to them. They are also required to fulfill performance requirements with the USC dance company.

More information about the dance program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia is available here at just the click of a button.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in South Carolina

Anderson University, Anderson
South Carolina School of the Arts
BA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Coker University, HartsvilleBA in Dance
BA in Dance Education
BFA in Performance & Choreography
Minor in Dance
Interdisciplinary Studies & Dance
College of Charleston, CharlestonBA in Dance: Dance Studies
BA in Dance: Performance
Columbia College, ColumbiaBA in Dance Education
BA in Dance Studies
Minor in Dance
Converse College, SpartanburgMinor in Dance
BA in Musical Theatre
Winthrop University, Rock HillBA in Dance
BA in Dance with Teacher Certification K12
Minor in Dance

South Dakota – SD

University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Minor in Dance, BFA in Theatre: Musical Theatre

There are no institutions in South Dakota currently offering a degree in dance, the closest is the BFA specializing in Musical Theatre offered by The University of South Dakota where dance subjects form part of the core coursework of the degree, which is great for those dancers wanting to gain or improve not only their dancing but also their voice and acting skills and knowledge.

  • The minor in dance allows students to take coursework in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, modern dance and choreography.
  • The BFA in Theatre with a specialization in Musical Theatre allows those students wanting to become that triple threat, study acting, voice, and dance alongside other theatre studies such as the history of American musical theatre and business of the performance profession.

More information about the University of South Dakota Dance Programs is available here at just the click of a button.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in South Dakota

South Dakota State University, BrookingsMinor in Dance
BA in Theatre
BS in Theatre

Tennessee – TN

The University of Tennesse, Martin
BFA in Fine and Performing Arts with an Emphasis in Dance Education

The majority of aspiring artists dream of getting into Juilliard. It has been hailed as one of the top dance schools in the country. Started in 1905, this school has been around to shape new artists for over 100 years and is in the arts capital of the nation, New York. They have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.

  • This is one of only two programs in the state that will certify students with a k-12 Dance Education Licensure. Not only that, generally most dance education degrees in this whole post are BA degrees, not a BFA and that is also unique.
  • Students will study ballet, contemporary, and jazz dance techniques along with subjects such as dance history, choreography, and movement theory whilst also focusing on learning to teach dance in schools.
  • Dance education students career options are not limited to teaching, graduates are employed as professional performers, choreographers, participate in dance research, go into graduate studies or open or teach in privated studios.

For more information about the degree available at the University of Tennesse click here.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Tennessee.

Austin Peay State University, ClarksvilleBFA in Theatre & Dance: Concentration in Dance
BA in Theatre & Dance: Concentration in Dance
BFA in Theatre & Dance: Concentraion in Musical Theatre
Minor in Dance
Belmont University, NashvilleMinor in Dance
East Tennessee State University, Johnson CityMinor in Dance
BA in Theatre: Concentration in Musical Theatre
Lipscomb University, NashvilleTheatre Minor: Secondary Emphasis Dance
Middle Tennesse State University, MufreesboroBS in Dance: Performance and Choreography
BS in Dance: Pedagogy in Practice
Minor in Dance
Minor in Muscial Theatre
Seewanee, The University of the South, SewaneeMinor in Dance
The University of Memphis, MemphisBFA in Theatre: Concentration in Dance
BFA in Theatre: Concentration in Dance Science
BFA in Theatre: Concentration in Musical Theatre
The University of Tennessee, MartinBFA in Fine and Performing Arts: Dance Education
Minor in Dance

Texas – TX

Texas Woman’s University, Texas
BA in Dance, BA in Dance with 6-12 education dance certification, MA in Dance, MFA in Dance, Ph.D in Dance.

First, don’t let the title fool you. This university is not just strictly women, in fact, men have been attending the university since 1972. Some titles just stick despite the passage of time. This Department of Dance allows undergraduate students to pick between two emphasis – dance studies, and dance education.

  • The course for the BA in Dance has been created to prepare students for performance-related careers, for teaching where certification is not required and even in related fields such as arts management and programming. Whereas the Education emphasis prepares students for teaching in middle and secondary schools.
  • This dance program at Texas Woman’s University goes all the way up to a Ph.D. level, one of only five doctoral courses dedicated to dance in the country. The University claims their Ph.D. is the most well established having been founded in 1958.
  • The Dance Department offers Graduate Assistantships to graduates who want to learn what being part of a dance faculty and/or teaching dance in higher education is all about. At any time the university has 14-16 Graduate Assistants that support the dance major programs in various ways from publicity, recruitment, retention, in digital media and teaching both studio and theory courses.

More information on this program is available here.

Other Colleges with a Major or Minor in Dance in Texas

Abilene Christian University, AbileneBFA in Theatre – Dance Track
BFA in Theatre – Musical Theatre Track
Austin Community College, AustinAssociate of Arts in Dance
Baylor University, WacoMinor in Dance
Collin College, McKinneyAssociate of Arts in Dance
Lamar University, BeaumontBS in Theatre and Dance
Minor in Dance
Sam Houston State University, HuntsvilleBFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Meadows School of the Arts
BFA in Dance Performance
Minor in Dance Performance
Minor in Musical Theatre
Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts
Stephen F. Austin State University, NacogdochesBS in Dance
Minor in Dance
Minor in Kinesiology
Texas A & M University, College StationBS Kinesiology: Dance Science
University Studies: Dance Concentration
Minor In Dance
Texas A & M University, Corpus ChristiMinor in Dance
Dance Certificate
Texas Christian University, Fort WorthBFA in Ballet
BFA in Modern Dance
BFA in Ballet/Modern Dance
Texas State University, San MarcosBA in Dance
BFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography
BFA in Dance, Single Level Teacher Certification
BFA in Dance, Dual Level Teacher Certification
Texas Tech University, Lubbock BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
MA in Dance Studies
MFA in Arts Administration
University of Houston, HoustonBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Teacher Certification in Dance
University of North Texas, DentonBA in Dance
Dance Teacher Certification
Minor in Dance
University of Texas, ArlingtonMinor in Dance
University of Texas, AustinBA in Theatre and Dance
BFA in Dance
UTeach Dance (6-12 teaching certification)
MFA in Dance
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson BA in Visual and Perfoming Arts Interdisciplinary study – dance
University of Texas, El PasoBA in Dance with Teaching Certification
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
BFA in Theatre: Musical Theatre concentration
University of Texas, San AntonioMinor in Dance
Courses in Dance for elective credit
University of Texas, Rio Grande ValleyBFA in Dance
BA in Dance (Teaching Certification)
Minor in Dance
West Texas A & M University, CanyonBFA in Dance

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Texas

Austin Community College, AustinAssociate of Arts in Dance
Collin College, McKinneyAssociate of Arts in Dance
El Paso Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Dance
Kilgore College, KilgoreAssociate of Arts in Dance
Northwest Vista College, San Antonio
Alamo Colleges District
Associate of Arts in Dance
Palo Alto College, San Antonio
Alamo Colleges District
Associate of Arts in Dance
San Antonio College, San Antonio
Alamo Colleges District
Associate of Arts in Dance
San Jacinto College, PasadenaAssociate of Arts in Dance
Tyler Junior College, TylerAssociate of Arts in Dance

Utah – UT

University of Utah, Salt Lake City
BFA in Ballet, BFA in Modern Dance, HBFA in Dance, MFA in Ballet, MFA in Modern Dance, Minor in Dance and Screendance Certificate

The University of Utah was founded in 1850 and serves over 31000 students. The School of Dance at the University of Utah is part of its College of Fine Arts, housed in beautiful Marriott Center for dance and the program focuses on the disciplines of modern dance and ballet.

  • Both the ballet and modern dance programs are amongst the top-rated in the country and offer a vigorous curriculum of study focusing on the major discipline.
  • The Utah Ballet is the resident company of the University of Utah and it gives students in the department of ballet a unique opportunity through an Audition selection process to be part of these performances. The Performing Dance Company at the university provides opportunities for Modern Dance Students to gain valuable professional performance experience, not just at the university, but the PDC regularly travels across the country and even internationally.
  • The graduate programs are unique to the university concentrating on either ballet or modern dance and aim to deepen students understanding of pedagogy, choreography, and history.
  • There are health and well-being facilities on campus for dancers such as a Pilates studio and several sports medicine options specific to dance.

To acquire more information about this school’s program, please click here.

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Utah

Brigham Young University, ProvoBA in Dance
BA in Dance Education
BFA in Dance
BFA in Music Dance Theatre
Southern Utah University, Cedar CityBA in Dance
BS in Dance
BA in Dance Education
BS in Dance Education
BFA in Theatre Arts: Musical Theatre Emphasis
Minor in Dance
Snow College, EphraimAssociate Arts Degree in Dance
Utah Valley University, OremAssociate Arts Degree in Dance
BFA in Dance – Ballet Emphasis
BFA in Dance – Modern/Contemporary Emphasis
BS in Dance – Ballroom Dance Emphasis
BS in Dance Education
Weber State University, OgdenBA in Dance
BA in Dance Education
BS in Dance Education
Dance Minor
Dance Teaching Minor
Westminister College, Salt lake CityBA in Dance
BFA in Dance

Vermont – VT

The University of Vermont, Burlington
BA in Dance, Minor in Dance

The dance major is new to the university open for student enrolment in 2019 and is the only dance degree available in a public college or university in the state.

  • The program is grounded in contemporary dance but also provides studies in ballet, hip hop, African, Brazilian, improvisation and much more.
  • There is no audition required for entry into the dance major course.
  • The dance major at the University of Vermont provides opportunities to cross studies in other disciplines in the arts, humanities, health, social scient, technology, education or nearly any other area of study offered at the university.

More information about the dance major and minor at the University of Vermont click here.  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Vermont

Bennington College, BenningtonBFA in Dance
MFA in Dance
Castleton University, CastletonMinor in Dance
Marlboro College, MarlboroCourses in Dance
Middlebury College, MiddleburyBA in Dance
Minor in Dance

Virginia – VA

Old Dominion University, Norfolk
BA in Dance, BA in Dance Education, Minor in Dance

Old Dominion University was found in 1930 by the second oldest university in America the College of William and Mary. The dance program is part of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.

  • Successful students who audition to become a major in dance at the university will study ballet, Anatomy and Kinesiology for dance, Pilates Equipment Lab, Modern dance technique, hip hop dance and more
  • The Dance Program is located in the Center for Performing Arts and students take classes in one of four large dance studios.
  • A new Pilates studio has recently been equipped with sic pilates reformers.
  • The ODU Dance Association is a student-led club that presents student showcases as well as workshops and masterclasses to all students of the university.

More information about the dance program at Old Dominion click here .  

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Virginia

Christopher Newport University, Newport NewsBFA in Theatre: Dance concentration
BFA in Theatre : Music Theatre Concentration
Minor in Dance
William & Mary, WilliamsburgMinor in Dance
Electives in Dance
George Mason University, FairfaxBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance Appreciation
Minor in World Dance
Hollins University, RoanokeBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Certificate in Arts Management
Certificate in Musical Theatre Performance
James Madison University, HarrisonburgBA in Dance
K-12 Dance Teacher Licensure Program
Longwood University, FarmvilleMinor in Dance
Radford University, RadfordBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BS in Dance with Teacher Licensure K-12
Minor in Dance
Randolph College, Lynchburg BA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Minor In Dance
Shenandoah University, WinchesterBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Sweet Briar College, Sweet BriarBA in Performing Arts: Dance Track
Minor in Dance
Minor in Musical Theatre
University of Richmond, Richmond BA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Honors Program Available
University of Virginia, CharlottesvilleMinor in Dance
Virginia Commonwealth University, RichmondBFA in Dance
Minor in Dance
BFA Concentration for Ballet Trainees (Richmond Ballet)
Virginia State University, PetersburgMinor in Dance (Through the department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance/Sport Management)
Washington & Lee, LexingtonMinor in Dance
Dance Courses

Washington – WA

University of Washington, Seattle
BA in Dance, Minor in Dance, MFA in Dance, Dance Teaching Endorsement and Honors Program

The Department of Dance at the University of Washington offers a program that does not focus specifically on technique, but in understanding what is behind the technique. They want their students to be able to think about dance with a deeper understanding rather than just learning steps and routines.

  • That is not to say that they don’t teach you to dance in this program, because then it wouldn’t be a real dance program. They have an extensive list of classes that go beyond the typical classical ballet, modern, jazz and tap. They also offer the students classes that would teach street and club dance, swing, improvisation, etc.
  • Not only does this program offer a summer study, but they allow undergraduate and graduate students to study their craft overseas through a study abroad program. The classes can last as little to 3 weeks or if a year or more. The places you can study are Johannesburg, Rome, Madrid, among others.

More information for this program is provided right here

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Washington

Central Washington University, EllensburgBA in Dance
Minor in dance
Minor in Dance Performance
Minor in Dance Teaching
Cornish College of the Arts, SeattleBFA in Dance
Accelerated Degree Program
Professional Dancers Program
Eastern Washingon University, CheneyMinor in Dance
BA in Musical Theatre
Gonzaga University, SpokaneBA in Dance
Minor in Dance
Pacific Lutheran University, TacomaMinor in Dance
Western Washington University, BellinghamBA in Dance
BFA in Dance
Dance Minor
Teaching Endorsement
Whitman College, Walla WallaMinor in Dance
Courses for Credit
Whitworth University, SpokaneMinor in Dance

West Virginia – WV

West Virginia University, Morgantown
BA in Dance, BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance

West Virginia University is the only college in the state to have a major in dance program, although dance has been a part of the university culture since 1928 when a group of women founded the Orchesis Dance Ensemble.

  • Students majoring in dance study ballet, modern, jazz, tap, world dance, choreography, dance history, and dance criticism.
  • A dance concert is performed at the end of each semester to showcase students’ work, as well as an annual dance recital. Other performance opportunities occur within the dance programs’ participation in several festivals.
  • The BFA in Musical Theatre combines the disciplines of music, theatre, and dance. Every year a full musical production is performed alongside smaller showcases throughout each semester. The course addresses skills necessary for auditioning, resumes, professional representation and career management.

More information for this program is provided right here

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in West Virginia

Marshall University, HuntingtonMinor in Dance
West Liberty University, West LibertyMinor in Dance
West Virginia Wesleyan College, BuckhannonMinor in Dance
BA in Musical Theatre
BA in Arts Administration

Wisconsin – WI

University of Wisconsin, Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee
BA in Dance, BFA in Dance: Contemporary Performance & Choreography, Minor – Dance Performance, Minor – Somatics, BFA in Musical Theatre, MFA in Dance, Certificate – Arts and Social Entrepreneurship

The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is a relatively new institution compared to others in the post being founded in 1956, but with over 26,000 students and 195 academic programs, it’s become a world-class research leader in a short time. The School of Fine Arts was established in 1962 and was renamed Peck school of the Arts in 1999 and offers 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

  • The BA in Dance prepares students to teach in a variety of settings and offers four annual performance opportunities for students.
  • Entry to the BFA program is through audition and students learn how to create and perform their own original dance choreography and theatrical productions.
  • For those students not sure if the program is right for them, the dance program offers free dance classes, workshops and a summer dance intensive for high school students who get to join dance majors in technique classes or get behind the scenes look into the program or get to work with MFA students.
  • The department of dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)

More information for this program is provided right here

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Wisconsin

Beloit College, BeloitBA in Dance
Carthage College, KenoshaMinor in Dance
Lawrence University, AppletonDance – Area of Study
Marquette University, MilwaukeeMinor in Dance
University of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireLiberal Arts Dance Certificate
BA in Theatre and Dance: Musical Theatre
University of Wisconsin, MadisonBFA in Dance
BS in Dance
Dance Certificate
Dance/Movement Therapy Certificate
Pilates Certificate
University of Wisconsin, Stevens PointBA in Dance
BFA in Musical Theatre
Pilates Certification
University of Wisconsin, White WaterMinor in Dance
Viterbo University, La CrosseMinor in Dance

Wyoming – WY

University of Wyoming, Laramie
BFA in Dance Performance, BFA in Dance Science, BA in Dance, BFA in Theatre: Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance

The University of Wyoming is the only college in the state to provide a four-year degree program in dance. The Department of Theatre and Dance housed in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts has recently been renovated and dance students are lucky to take classes in either of two state of the art dance studios and perform in the 387 seat proscenium theatre.

  • Students in the BFA train in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, vertical dance and choreography/composition. Courses in kinesiology for dance, dance history, Pas de Deux, character and more are also available.
  • The BFA Dance Science degree is for students with an extensive background in dance and students apply to be accepted into the program at the end of their sophomore year. Dance science students study psychology, nutrition and preventions and care of Athletic Injuries.
  • Classes in Vertical Dance are a unique offering from the department. Vertical dance emerged at the university through the exploration of aerial dance. Vertical dance is often performed outdoors for example suspended from a rock face and is also performed inside using suspension wires and harnesses.

More information for this program is provided right here

Other Colleges with a Dance Program in Wyoming

Casper College, Casper
NASD and NAST Accredited
Associate of Arts in Dance Performance
Associate of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance
Sheridan College, Northern Wyoming Community College District, SheridanAssociate of Arts in Theatre and Dance
Western Wyoming Community College, Rock SpringsAssociate of Applied Science – Dance Entrepreneurship
Associate of Arts in Dance – Entertainment Industry Focus

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About the Author

Samantha Bellerose

Samantha is a wife and mother of four kids aged 1-9. She danced and acted from the age of 5 and performed in film clips, on television, and in musical theatre professionally. She also taught dance, but after leaving the profession to backpack through Europe, Canada and the USA with her husband for three years, she then completed an Education Degree and taught within primary schools in Australia. Today she is a business owner with her husband and the creator and writer for Dance Parent 101 where she hopes her previous experience as a dancer, current experience as a dance parent and the research and writing skills she gained completing her education degree will help enlighten parents on their journey with their child through the world of dance.