School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Dance Majors

There are two ways to major in dance at Anderson University.

1) B.A. in Dance (54 hrs) with four tracks:

  • Performance
  • Business
  • Pedagogy
  • Science

2) Complementary Major in Dance (33 hrs) alongside a primary area of study.

In both majors, we prepare dance majors for careers in performance, choreography, business, teaching, science, therapeutic practices, or higher education depending on their skills and interests. With a common core, students are empowered to discover their strengths and passions and then pursue them with excellence. Focused study in one of the concentrated tracks prepares them for careers or further study.

What classes will I take?

Among the classes for these majors are:

  • Dance as a profession
  • Dance in global community
  • Dance composition
  • Dance improvisation
  • Technique classes in modern, ballet, jazz and/or tap

View the complete curriculum for the Dance Major Tracks.

View the complete curriculum for the Dance Complementary Major.

What experiences will I have?

Dance students at Anderson University have opportunities to choreograph works for the main stage, audition for guest artist works, perform in the annual faculty and guest artist concerts, Candles and Carols, Homecoming, and other off-campus events. Students have the opportunity to attend and participate in ACDA, NDEO, IADMS, PAMA, APDF, and IDTA conferences and festivals, for which they can also earn college credit. Students are encouraged to intern, and spend a great deal of time honing their craft, their understanding of movement, and their expression of faith. Scholarships are available.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Each track of the B.A. in Dance has its own goals, but all tracks prepare students for graduate study in dance performance, history, anthropology, cultural studies or performance studies.

  • Dance Performance prepares students careers in performance and choreography as well as graduate study in dance and a variety of related fields. 
  • Dance Business prepares students to own or manage their own studio or to manage a company, serve as artistic directors, or continue their study with graduate work in a variety of dance-related fields.
  • Dance Pedagogy is based on NDEO Accrediting Standards to prepare students to teach in studios or pursue graduate study. This path of study helps students prepare for (or seek concurrent) CiDE Certification in Dance Education, which is necessary for work in K-12 classrooms.
  • Dance Science prepares students for careers in performance or as company techs, studio techs, or health techs. It serves well in preparation for EMT or Paramedic certification, massage therapy, or graduate study in dance, biomechanics, dance kinesiology, or somatic/expressive/dance therapy.

A Complementary major allows students to pair their passion for dance with their interest in a separate, primary major area without overwhelming their semester load. The Dance Complementary major pairs well with all majors on campus. The careers of students who choose this complementary major vary greatly based upon their primary area of study.

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.


Students enrolled in 2016 and earlier:
View the courses required for the Dance Major