College of Arts and Humanities

St. Charles, Mo. / St. Louis, Mo.
Dance (BA, BFA)

St. Charles, Mo. / St. Louis, Mo.
Dance (BA, BFA)

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) offered in On-campus formats.


St. Charles / St. Louis
Dance (BA, BFA)

Our Mission

The Lindenwood University St. Louis Dance program cultivates student success by pairing professional preparatory experiences with a diverse curriculum in dance. Our dedicated faculty guides students through opportunities to educate, entertain, and enlighten, leading to 21st century dance professionals with tools to enrich our community.

kami maki, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate from lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO“Lindenwood University Dance Program provided numerous opportunities for me to cultivate myself as an artist through performance and choreographic outlets, dance academia courses, and community events. The technique classes and rehearsals have prepared me for my current and future professional experiences with their versatility and intimacy of the space. I received guidance from faculty that will persist throughout my professional dance career and opportunities that will last a lifetime.”

-Megan Mayer, College of Arts and Humanities Dance BFA 2021 – Currently: Featured Performer with Busch Gardens

kami maki, Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate from lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO“Choosing Lindenwood University’s Dance Program prepared me for the future I always imagined in ways I never considered. Their diverse curriculum opened up a whole new world of dance that I had not yet been exposed to which enhanced my skill set to move and create. In addition to the physical aspect of studying for a dance major, their extensive courses on Dance Pedagogy, Anatomy of the Body and Dance History enriched my knowledge in dance. I graduated with more than just the ability to dance. Thanks to Lindenwood, the opportunities offered, and personal mentorship provided from the professors, I have been sculpted as a versatile dancer that prepared me for the world of professional dance.”

-Maddie Steitz-Vorachack, College of Arts and Humanities Dance BFA 2020 – Currently: Main Company Artist with Modern American Dance Company

More About The Dance Bachelor's Degree at Lindenwood University

In addition to our three production shows and our annual trip to the American College Dance Association conference, students may have the opportunity to showcase their work at local events including Grand DanceFest and National Dance Week St. Louis. Students have also traveled with faculty to perform in The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, The Detroit Dance City Festival, and The American Tap Dance Foundation's showcase, "Something's Afoot."

In this St. Louis dance bachelor's degree program, 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 reach these outcomes:

Program Learning Outcome 1 - The graduate is able to demonstrate (through a body of work for evaluation) professional, entry-level competence in the major area of specialization, including technical mastery and coherent artistic/intellectual goals.

Program Learning Outcome 2 – The graduate is able to apply choreographic processes to produce original, artistic/intellectual work.

Program Learning Outcome 3 - The graduate is able to communicate dance/artistic information and ideas, including the ability to place dance in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts, present perceptive analyses, and support critical evaluations (value judgments) of dance and dance performances.

Visit our St. Louis campus (in St. Charles, MO) and experience the work of our students, faculty, and guest artists. See for yourself what the Lindenwood University Dance Program has to offer.

Lindenwood University Dance Faculty

The dance faculty at Lindenwood University includes a mix of full-time and adjunct professionals with years of diverse experiences as performers, choreographers, coaches, and educators. They strive to help each student understand their own potential and pursue opportunities to showcase their valuable voice.

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. You will also learn durable power skills, such as critical thinking, poise, empathy, and leadership.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Dance is a liberal arts degree program with a strong dance curriculum in diverse techniques and dance specific academics. Students in this program are encouraged to minor in programs such as business, nonprofit administration, psychology, or exercise science to enhance opportunities for future employment. If you are interested in the BA in dance, an audition is encouraged, but not required.

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dance is a professional degree program that prepares students for performing careers. Coursework (for this program) combines a liberal arts curriculum with intensive coursework in diverse dance techniques, advanced dance specific academics, and performance related courses in music and theatre. If you wish to pursue a BFA in dance at Lindenwood University, you must audition and declare a specialization in ballet, contemporary, or jazz dance.

While many of our dance program 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.