The Department of Dance through the KU School of the Arts offers a BFA or BA degree in dance with integrated training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques, as well as courses in choreography, dance theory, history and pedagogy. Majors in the BFA program focus on technique, performance and choreography. They are also required to take classes in Classical East Indian Dance, Musical Theatre Dance, Introduction to Flamenco, and Conditioning and Injury Prevention for Dancers.

Dance Department website 

Sample of Related Skills

  • Understand  the artistic and technical elements of physical expression that lead to performance artistry and will attain and/or maintain a technical proficiency of multiple dance styles 

  • Acquire the basic principles of choreography 

  • Develop a reflective and critical awareness of the research methodologies available in the specialized fields in Dance Studies. 

  • Understand the importance of dance in a cultural setting  

Popular Career Paths

Choreography: Involves the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form or both are specified. It also refers to the design of a dance.

Dance Administration: Includes all aspects of running a business in the dance industry. Jobs may include skills such as management, booking, public relations, and grant specializations.

Dance Therapy: Centers on the power of physical movement to provide therapy in a mental or physiological aspect as well as the proper upkeep of professional dancers.

Education: Focuses on the training and teaching of new dancers as well as professional dancers. This can include private tutoring, dance studio ownership, college professor, or K-12 teacher.

Performance: Involves pursuing a career that focuses on the applied aspect of dance. 

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Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Ballet Companies
  • Dance Companies
  • Dance Studios
  • Dance Camps
  • Entertainment Companies
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Schools/Universities
  • Theatre Companies
  • Theme Parks
  • Touring Companies
  • Treatment/Counseling Centers
  • University Theatre/Dance Troupes
  • Wellness/Alternative Health Care Centers 

Job and Internship Search Resources 

  • Dance Teacher Finder - resource to find dance teaching jobs or connect with dance studios seeking teachers 

  • Dance/USA - resource for internships in the Arts or at Dance/USA from a national professional organization 

  • Dance Studies Association - professional nonprofit organization that provides networking opportunities as well as a list of events and conferences