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Dance at Grand Valley
Bachelor of Arts in Dance (BA) | Dance Minor
The Grand Valley State University Dance Program pairs rigorous technical training with support of students' personal artistic growth as performers, choreographers, and dance scholars. Through study of dance techniques including modern, ballet, hip hop, West African, and jazz, dancers hone their craft in small classes. Ample performance opportunities challenge students’ versatility, and classes in choreography, history, and theory underpin students’ physical practice. The GVSU Dance Program enables each dancer to interact within a dynamic group of performers while building a network of resources for their future career.
Photos by Darren Breen
Dance Degrees Offered
In addition to classes, workshops, informal showings, and student choreography concerts, dance students have the opportunity to perform with the GVSU Dance Company.
The Dance Company performs the works of faculty and guest artists, along with select student works, in two annual mainstage performances. These concerts are held in the Louis Armstrong Theatre on the GVSU Allendale campus. Keep an eye on our events calendar to see when you can join us.
MOMENTUM is a student-service organization focused on providing dance experiences to the wider GVSU and Grand Rapids communities. MOMENTUM is focused on teaching excellence in technique and performance. Our goal is to serve as an outlet for students to work on their dance technique and serve the community through the art of dance. This is a great way to meet new people interested in brightening the community and sharing the passion for dance. MOMENTUM will showcase student choreography and dance in an end of the semester performance, where all donations collected will be given to the charity of the organization members choosing.
Get Connected to GVSU Dance
GV Magazine Feature: Summer 2020
Last spring, GV Magazine was documenting our process for our Spring Dance Concert. And then the pandemic happened.
Freshman Dance Co. at ArtPrize Project One
The GVSU Freshman Dance Company performed with saxophone professor Dr. Dan Graser at the kick-off for ArtPrize Project One on Saturday, September 7th.
Left photo: Freshman Dance Company poses on Heather Hart's "The Oracle of the Soulmates"
Right photo: Freshman Dance Company with GVSU President Philomena Mantella
Learn more about the GVSU Dance Program from this video created by Jenny Barreca, a 2018 graduate of the GVSU Dance Program.
This video follows two Dance Majors through the development of their Fall 2015 Senior Capstone Projects culminating in the Senior Dance Concert. Each senior is responsible for a group piece and solo piece.
The Dance Program is part of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance belongs to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Learn more at gvsu.edu/clas/.