College of Fine & Performing Arts


The Dance Program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance as well as a Dance minor and a teaching endorsement in conjunction with the Woodring College of Education.

Brynn Nielson dancing

The Dance Program at WWU educates our students in a physical and intellectual understanding of the language of movement art. In the course of their studies, BA/BFA Dance Majors will learn to understand, perform, create, evaluate, and contribute to contemporary thinking about dance and related arts.

Featuring a rigorous curriculum of contemporary dance, ballet technique, anatomy and kinesiology, partnering for ballet and contemporary dance, dance for the camera, dance history, and in-depth study of choreography and creative process work with faculty and internationally known guest artists; students are immersed in the physical practice and artistic process of technique, performance and choreography.

With multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary study through performances, workshops, and curriculum, WWU Dance students are able to explore collaborations and innovative art making with students from Music, Theatre and Visual Art.

Entry into the BA/BFA is by audition. The BA degree in Dance offers an in depth education in dance technique; contemporary and ballet, performance and choreography, anatomy, dance history and pedagogy. The BFA degree requires recommendation of faculty members and is a highly selective program that trains exceptionally committed, disciplined, and talented students with additional course work in performance and choreography.

WWU Dance students have the unique opportunity to perform works created by renowned guest choreographers. These have included:

  • Trisha Brown
  • Alan Good
  • Martha Graham
  • Mark Haim
  • Hannah Kahn
  • Cyrus Khambatta
  • Lar Lubovitch
  • Wade Madsen
  • Susan Marshall
  • Mark Morris
  • Kraig Patterson
  • Joachim Schloemer
  • Doug Varone


WWU Dance fosters thinking artists and artistic thinkers with progressive approaches to physical and creative practice.

Please contact Cher Carnell for information about the Dance program.

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Dance Program Links

National Dance Organizations