The AU Dance program is a diverse, performance-intensive program designed to prepare students for a career with dance companies, musical theater, cruise ship or theme park performing, graduate school, dance therapy or to teach dance.
Why Dance from AU
AU’s approach to your dance studies is unique in that you are not limited to one genre. Your studies require 120 credits through which you will study ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern dance. All our performance degrees have the unique feature of giving students the opportunity to showcase their talents. Each fall and spring, students can audition for dance ensembles and student choreography projects that perform in our main stage Dance Concerts. In addition, students can perform in AU’s annual Christmas First Night, President’s Gala, and fall theater musicals.
This program emphasizes a rigorous studio curriculum that incorporates a strong liberal arts education and understanding of movement. Students also take Kinesiology courses to gain skills in the care and prevention of exercise injuries. We believe that we offer the best of both worlds combining our faith with our high standards of studies.
Our program develops the whole dancer, integrating the physical with the intellectual, and the analytical with the expressive. Students train in a range of styles with core faculty and visiting artists gaining new perspectives about dance.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program prepares future dancers, choreographers, educators, and scholars through a core curriculum that includes traditional and experimental techniques, creative exploration, historical and aesthetic context, technology, and production skills.
Whether you aspire to join a professional dance company, perform in musical theater, teach dance or move on to graduate study, your dance education at AU will be diverse and thorough to prepare you for your future in dance. Graduates can join a professional dance company and earn a median salary of $46,321, according to the U.S. Labor of Bureau Statistics. Other careers you can pursue with this degree include:
- Dance critic, $36,360 *
- Studio owner, $52,134 *
- Dance therapist, $52,376 *
- Postsecondary teacher, $79,540
DAN 325 - Dance Improvisation
In this course, students explore movement. The skills you gain in this course are applicable to everyday life. In this course, we use exercises and improvisational structures to heighten awareness, broaden our individual movement vocabulary and develop skills in instant composition. You will improve your personal aesthetics and movement style.
DAN 475 - Dance Masterclass
As the name implies, this course provides students the opportunity to master their skills. Advanced training focuses on students enhancing their chosen art form. Masterclasses are available in African, Swing, Hip Hop, Fosse, and commercial Jazz. Students gain insight into the dance industry through training and lectures from area professionals.
DAN 480 - Dance Pedagogy
Students learn how to become a dance instructor. The course focuses on development of teaching pedagogy and philosophy appropriate for multiple dance education and training settings, including community, private studios, and higher education.
DAN 490 - Senior Dance Project
Your academic career culminates in this capstone experience. Seniors showcase the skills and knowledge they have gained through their studies either through a personal performance, choreographing a performance or an intensive paper.