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Join the exciting world of dance like many other ambitious young dancers who have chosen to hone their skills at the Lindenwood School of Arts, Media, and Communications.

About Dance at Lindenwood University

As a student of dance at Lindenwood University, you will immerse yourself in dance and have numerous opportunities to perform. In addition to our three production shows and our annual trip to the American College Dance Festival Association conference, you may have the chance to showcase your work in local venues such as Dancing in the Street and National Dance Week St. Louis. You will also have yearly opportunities to work with visiting dance professionals.

You will receive a well-rounded and useful education that will serve as the foundation for lifelong professional achievements and satisfaction. Over your four-year course of study, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • In varied contexts, perform dances of diverse structure and sophistication artistically.      
  • In varied contexts, perform dances of diverse structure and sophistication with superior artistry.
  • For authentic purposes of diverse structure and sophistication, be able to create dances effectively.
  • For authentic purposes and contexts of diverse structure and sophistication, produce (plan, prepare, direct, and manage) dance performances effectively.  
  • From historical, cultural, theoretical, artistic, and interdisciplinary perspectives, be able to accurately analyze and describe dances and dance performances of diverse structure and sophistication.
  • The graduate is able to evaluate dances and dance performances of diverse structure and sophistication conceptually and coherently.
  • In contexts of diverse structure and sophistication, be able to teach dance proficiently.     
  • In diverse K-12 contexts, be able to teach dance professionally.    

Visit our campus and experience the work of our students, faculty, and guest artists in our dance concerts and see for yourself what the Lindenwood University dance department can offer you.

Lindenwood University Dance Faculty

The dance faculty at Lindenwood University includes a mix of full-time and adjunct professionals with years of professional experience. Whether it is as a dancer, choreographer, or educator, our faculty has done it. They are here to help you succeed both as a student and as a dancer.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at Lindenwood University

You can earn one of the following degrees in dance at Lindenwood University.

When you earn a dance degree at Lindenwood University, your education will be a combination of a liberal arts curriculum with a diverse range of dance coursework and performance opportunities that will prepare you for entry into your chosen profession. 

A Bachelor of Arts in dance requires 56 credit hours in dance ranging from ballet to contemporary, jazz, and tap, plus kinesiology, history, and theory of dance.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance requires 86 credit hours in dance ranging from ballet to contemporary, jazz, and tap, plus theory, history, and teaching dance. If you wish to pursue a BFA in dance at Lindenwood University, you must audition and declare a specialization of ballet or contemporary dance.

If you are interested in the BA in dance, an audition is encouraged, but not required.

While many of our students go on to pursue professional performing careers, some students pair this major with a degree in business or nonprofit administration before opening their own dance studios or pursuing administrative careers in the arts. In all cases, the courses you take at Lindenwood University will advance your skills equally in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap.

What You Can Do With A Degree in Dance from Lindenwood University

Dance is a field with several specialty areas with salaries varying widely. Please see the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for the career possibilities in dance. A degree in dance coupled with a minor in business can be beneficial if you plan on teaching or opening your own studio.

Earning a Minor in Dance at Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers a minor in dance. A minor is simply a secondary academic subject to add to your knowledge, whether it is of professional or personal interest. 

A minor in dance requires 27 credit hours in ballet to contemporary, jazz, and tap in addition to theory and a practicum.

If you are interested in a minor in dance, an audition is encouraged, but not required.

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