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.
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, and African dance forms 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.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
- Modern, ballet, hip hop, jazz, African dance forms
- Choreography, dance history, dance pedagogy
- Performance, costuming and production, dance for the camera
Combined Degree Programs
Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.
Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.
Participation in the dance program is by audition only. An audition schedule and application form can be found at www.gvsu.edu/dance/.
“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.”