Majoring in Dance
Dance majors develop the ability to concentrate, listen, observe, solve problems, think critically, work collaboratively, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and cultivate resilience through the discipline and self-reflection of physical and intellectual challenge.
Our majors go on to careers in performing, choreographing, teaching in dance and health and wellness sectors, grant writing, design, stage management, arts administration, and physical therapy for dancers.
WWU Dance is committed to helping students build a successful career path after graduation through our Senior Seminar course.
Planning for a flexible part time job for financial stability such as Pilates or Yoga teaching is encouraged through local training programs under advisement. Dance Majors are eligible to complete an Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation minor (AECI) to foster entrepreneurial skills for artists.
Degrees and Application Requirements
Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (BFA)
The BFA degree in Dance is a selective program that supports exceptional students interested in pursuing a professional career as a performer or choreographer. BFA students engage in numerous creative opportunities related to dance making and performing including working with guest artists and interdisciplinary collaborations. Coursework includes advanced study of contemporary technique, dance science, somatics, dance history, arts activism and pedagogy.
Dance majors interested in the BFA degree should contact Pam Kuntz, Program Advisor.
We advise BFA candidates to begin this Degree Track during Freshman or Sophomore year to ensure a timely progression through advanced technique requirements.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Dance (BA)
The BA degree in Dance offers comprehensive training in contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet styles, choreography, dance science, somatics, dance history, arts activism, and pedagogy. The B.A. allows students to tailor their course work to further their individual interests and is designed to prepare students for a variety of dance-related careers after college. This degree is constructed for students wishing to double-major in dance and another discipline.
You may declare the Minor at anytime. Transfer students must fulfill a minimum of 18 hours of the required courses.
Students completing a teacher certification program and endorsable major in a subject other than Dance may qualify for an additional endorsement in Dance by completing requirements listed above. This will allow you to teach Dance in Washington State public schools. See the Woodring College of Education section of the WWU Catalog for more information on teacher certification programs and approved majors.