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Dance, B.A.

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance encourages collaboration across disciplines and provides opportunities to explore dance through the study of technique, history, theory, technology, choreography, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, and production. Secondary admission.

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Available as a minor.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts degree offers students extensive training to develop and refine techniques in various idioms of dance. A minor is also available. Students develop abilities through a range of courses combining practical and theoretical skills emphasizing critical thought and independence. Participation in the dance program is by audition only. Visit gvsu.edu/dance for audition information and an application.

Why Study Dance at Grand Valley?

  • The program is designed for students who demonstrate exceptional training for college-level dance.
  • Students work with world-renowned faculty members and guest artists in small classes.
  • There are a variety of movement courses in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, urban dance, and West African dance to choose from.
  • 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.
  • In addition to classes, workshops, informal showings, and student choreography concerts, dance students have the opportunity to perform with the GVSU Dance Company.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format:
  • Face To Face

Coursework

  • Modern, ballet, hip hop, jazz, urban dance, West African
  • Choreography, dance history, dance pedagogy
  • Performance, costuming and production, dance for the camera

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Participation in the dance program is by audition only. An audition schedule and application form can be found at www.gvsu.edu/dance/

For More Information

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

gvsu.edu/mtd
1300 Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
(616) 331-3484

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

 

“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 ACDA. I would encourage all dancers to look at this program.”

LAUREN BLANE
DANCE ALUMNA