College of Fine & Performing Arts

Dance Program

Dance Major

A solid college education with a major in dance can be an excellent background for a wide variety of professions in addition to a career as a performer or choreographer. Serious dance training takes extraordinary discipline, tenacity, dedication and time-management as well as good health, athleticism and presentation skills. High-quality dance productions require excellent organizational management, teamwork, creativity and artistry. A liberal arts education from Western requires all students to learn to think and write critically.

The dance major’s presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others. Dance develops the ability to concentrate intensely, listen introspectively, observe keenly, solve problems creatively, think critically, collaboratively develop a project, work independently, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and maintain composure when faced with the unexpected.

Dance Degrees

Dance Careers

A solid college education with a major in dance is an excellent background for various by Juliette Machado

  • performer
  • choreographer
  • dance pedagogy/teaching
  • arts administration
  • not-for-profit management
  • law
    • arts
    • intellectual property
    • entertainment 
  • design and production
  • therapy and rehabilitation
    • physical
    • arts
    • occupational
    • recreational
  • primary and secondary education
  • theatre
  • dance video and film-making
  • advanced dance study
    • medicine
    • science
    • history
    • criticism


Common Employers of Dance Graduates predicted 21% growth in movement-based jobs between 2015-2021.

  • Dance Companies
  • University theatre/dance troupes
  • Touring companies
  • Industrial shows
  • Colleges/universities
  • Television networks
  • Advertising agencies
  • TV/film studios
  • Magazines/newspapers
  • Performing arts centers
  • Cruise lines
  • Schools (K-12 public and private)
  • Theatre companies (local, regional, national)
  • Nonprofit arts/dance organizations
  • Private arts/dance organizations
  • Arts councils/cultural organizations
  • Government (local, federal, state) Arts Granting Foundations
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Treatment/counseling centers
  • Medical facilities
  • Dance studios/schools
  • Recreation facility
  • Wellness/alternative health care centers

For more information about how to make the most of your Dance degree, be sure to consider our Arts Enterprise & Cultural Innovation minor.

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