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Grand Valley State University    
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 20, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Dance - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  section in this catalog.

In addition to the full-time faculty, two distinguished dance educators with extensive professional experience teach classes on a part-time basis.


The dance program, which is part of the Department of Music and Dance, offers a major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. The B.A. in dance offers students extensive training to develop and refine techniques in various idioms of dance. Students develop their abilities through a wide range of courses combining practical and theoretical skills that emphasize critical thought and independence. The department encourages collaboration across disciplines and provides opportunities to explore innovative areas in dance history, theory, dance and technology, choreography, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, and production. We highlight performance opportunities with world-renowned guest artists, maintain currency in the dance community at large, and graduate informed members of the dance community. Class sizes are small and offer each student individual attention from dance faculty.


Participation in the dance program is by audition only. An audition schedule and application form can be found at When considerable geographical distance prevents a personal audition, the applicant may, with the permission of the program, submit a DVD containing ballet barre and center classroom work and modern or jazz center classroom work with a resume. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of individual talent and potential, and are renewable annually if performance and academic standards are maintained. Auditions will consist of a ballet technique class, a modern or jazz technique class, and an interview with the director.

The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Arts in Dance  

Dance Minor