A college degree in dance focuses on the study and practice of dancing. This major covers all types of dance, from ballet to jazz and even modern dance!

For this major you’ll take lots of dance classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as a dancer.

Sample Courses

Dance Technique Courses:

  • Ballet
  • African Dance Forms
  • Commercial Hip Hop
  • Improvisation
  • Contemporary Modern Dance
  • Dance for Camera
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary African Dance
  • Pointe and Pas de Deux

Dance Choreography Courses:

  • Choreographic Process
  • Improvisation
  • Structure Solos
  • Group Forms
  • Environmental

Dance Performance Courses:

  • Ballet
  • Musical Theatre
  • University Dance Company

Dance Theory/ History Courses:

  • Rhythm and Music Structure
  • World Dance
  • Dance Perspectives
  • Black Presence in Dance History
  • Ideokinesis (an approach to the improvement of human posture and body movement)
  • Video for Dance
  • Dance for Children
  • Dance History

General Curriculum Requirements:

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology
Dance Major Angel V.

“I’m a sophomore studying dance at USF. I’ve been dancing for the majority of my life, so I only applied to dance programs. That was kind of something I predetermined for myself because I already knew what I wanted to do career wise coming out of high school.”

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