From ancient times to the present, dancers have expressed ideas, stories, and rhythm with their bodies. They use a variety of dance forms that allow free movement and self-expression, including classical ballet, modern dance, and culturally specific dance styles. Many dancers combine performance work with teaching or choreography. Dancers perform in a variety of settings, including opera, musical theater, and other musical productions, and may present folk, ethnic, tap, jazz, and other popular kinds of dance.
"Dance at Oberlin integrates academic learning with personal experience, leading students to become creative problem solvers and to connect abstract concepts to the physical reality of their bodies. The department focuses on four areas of study: creation and performance, critical inquiry, physical techniques, and somatic studies."
(Provided By: Oberlin College)
"The Dance major is distinctive for its outstanding faculty of nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars who draw from a variety of creative and academic backgrounds, including dance making, choreography, visual art, creative writing, literature, African diasporic ritual cultures, Hip Hop and streetdance, Indian diasporic dance, Indigenous studies, digital technologies, performance studies, queer studies, and cultural studies."
(Provided By: University of California Riverside)
"At the Tisch Department of Dance, we seek to develop and prepare fully realized dance artists to be critical thinkers, fearless leaders, and fluent performers. Our Bachelor's (BFA) program emphasizes the techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, with equal emphasis on performance and choreography."
(Provided By: New York University)
"There are numerous performance opportunities such as being a member of a student dance company. The department is committed to providing professional immersion experiences that will help students make a smooth transition from student to dance professional."
(Provided By: The University of West Michigan)
"In addition to numerous performing opportunities (regionally, nationally, and internationally), our diverse curriculum (which includes an array of dance techniques, history, choreography, pedagogy, theory, and dance-related sciences), offers enough flexibility to accommodate the pursuit of a minor or even a second major."
(Provided By: Mercyhurst University)
"The University of South Florida’s dance program prepares and inspires students for a life in dance. Our exclusively undergraduate program emphasizes intensive training in ballet, modern dance, and choreography. Students acquire understanding of dance theory and dance kinesiology to enhance movement and prevent injury."
(Provided By: The University of South Florida)
"The Dance Program is committed to preparing students for a career in dance education and performance by providing them with an intense program that includes: (1) scholarly inquiries; (2) performance opportunities; (3) choreographic projects; (4) master class workshops; and (5) teaching internships."
(Provided By: Coppin State University)
"Through our rigorous and nurturing conservatory experience, you will explore a diverse, world-class repertory that develops talented young performers into technically sound, artistically sensitive and stylistically versatile professional dancers."
(Provided By: The University of North Carolina School of the Arts)