Dance Degrees and Advising
Dance Application Process for Prospective Students and Transfer Students
Prospective students interested in majoring or minoring in Dance should email Director of Dance, Susan Haines, to arrange a phone call or Zoom meeting.
The academic advisor and faculty members are always happy to meet with prospective students and answer questions about our BA and BFA degrees in Dance. All applicants must be admitted to WWU and apply to the Dance Program in order to be considered as a Dance Major.
Apply to major in Dance
Contact the Director of Dance, Susan Haines to begin the application process. Interested students will submit their application videos or schedule a campus visit to take class once visitors are allowed on campus. We anticipate welcoming visitors starting in Fall 2021. Until then, students can join in a Zoom dance class to meet the faculty.
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 is a selective program that supports exceptionally committed, disciplined, talented students interested in pursuing a professional career as performer or choreographer.
Dancers in their Junior year may apply by May 15.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies (BA)
A broad-based investigation that honors a student’s preference for one or more styles of dance; selecting from hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. This BA degree allows for more electives in order to serve students' curiosities in other disciplines such as communications, kinesiology, sustainability and environmental science, anthropology, sociology, history, and more.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Technique and Performance (BA)
Students pursue professional caliber training in contemporary dance with supplemental styles of hip-hop, jazz, and ballet, and classes in performance, choreography, somatics, pedagogy, and dance history through an anti-racist, emancipatory pedagogy, and dance science and somatic lens.
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.