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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


The Department of Music and Dance encourages collaboration across disciplines and provides opportunities to explore innovative areas in dance technique, history, theory, technology, choreography, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, and production.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The B.A. in dance offers students extensive training to develop and refine techniques in various idioms of dance. A minor is also available. Students develop their abilities through a wide range of courses combining practical and theoretical skills that emphasize critical thought and independence. Participation in the dance program is by audition only. An audition schedule and application form can be found at


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Ballet technique
  • Costuming and production
  • Dance history
  • Improvisation and choreography
  • Jazz technique
  • Modern technique

Career Options

Dance graduates go on to careers as varied as:

  • Arts managers
  • Artistic directors
  • Choreographers
  • Dance company managers
  • Dance historians
  • Dance teachers
  • Dancers

Why Study Dance at Grand Valley?

  • The program offers students many opportunities to perform. In addition to classes, workshops, informal showings, and student choreography concerts, dance students have the opportunity to perform with the GVSU Dance Company.
  • Our students work with world-renowned faculty and guest artists.
  • The program is designed for students who demonstrate exceptional training for college-level dance.
  • We offer a variety of technique courses in modern, ballet, pointe, jazz, partnering, and improvisation.
  • Students also will focus their academic experience on dance history, technology, composition, improvisation, pedagogy, and theoretical perspectives to ensure their success as educated members of the dance community.


“The dance program at GVSU has allowed me to grow individually as a performing artist, choreographer, and student. The rigors of dance theory, technique classes and contact with students and faculty, offered me the opportunity to experience an amazing network of dance resources from guest artists, master classes, and attending ACDFA. I would encourage all dancers to look at this program.”


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