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Program Overview

256 Meany

Dance is part of a liberal arts curriculum and provides students a foundation for future advanced work in dance pedagogy, performance, choreography, dance science, dance studies, or other movement-related fields. Faculty work closely with students to guide them on the educational track that best serves their career goals. Information about the dance major's creative studies and dance studies options, dance minor, dance endorsement, and Master of Fine Arts degree in dance can be found at

Undergraduate Program

256 Meany, Box 351150
(206) 543-9843

The Dance Program offers the following programs of study:

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in dance, with options in either creative or dance studies.
  • A minor in dance.
  • OSPI approved Dance Endorsement

Bachelor of Arts

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the following requirements are accepted during autumn, winter, and spring quarters on a rolling basis.

  1. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.
  2. Successful completion of 5 credits in any of the required core courses for the major.
  3. Successful completion of or registration in at least one technique course.

Major Requirements

Minimum 56-65 credits in dance

  1. Core Courses (minimum 32 credits): DANCE 166; DANCE 242; DANCE 250 (5 credits); DANCE 251; DANCE 271 (1 credit); and DANCE 493 (5 credits); one of DANCE 101, DANCE 344 (5 credits), or DANCE 345 (5 credits); DANCE 494 (3 credits) or DANCE 480 (strongly suggest both)
  2. Technique Courses: Minimum 15 credits from approved 200-level or higher dance technique courses, representing at least four different movement idioms. See adviser for approved list.
  3. One of the following:
    1. Electives (minimum 9 credits): See adviser for approved list. A core course or technique course on the electives list may not be used for both an elective and technique/core requirement.
    2. Dance Studies Option (18 credits)
      1. Either DANCE 350 or DANCE 420; DANCE 415; DANCE 416
      2. Minimum 9 credits additional approved electives based on individual interests and agreed to in conjunction with Dance Program adviser or faculty member
    3. Creative Studies Option (minimum 17 credits)
      1. DANCE 266; DANCE 270; DANCE 480 or DANCE 494 (whichever not taken for core)
      2. Minimum 10 additional credits selected from approved, advanced 300-level or higher dance technique courses. See adviser for approved list.
  4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to the major.


Minor Requirements: Minimum 25 credits

Minimum 25 credits to include 10 credits from Dance academic courses, and 15 credits from Dance technique courses. See adviser for approved lists.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The Dance Program curriculum provides a balance between academic rigor and artistic development and serves as a basis for a broad range of career choices in dance related and other fields demanding strong communication skills, creativity, commitment, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. Majors are encouraged to supplement their dance studies with coursework in other disciplines that provide a foundation for later specialization in dance ethnology, dance history and criticism, performance art, education, movement therapy, or movement science.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Three spacious and well-equipped dance studios in Meany Hall. A video and sound editing facility. Use of Meany Hall and the Meany Studio Theatre for Dance Program performances.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Dance Endorsement:
  • Department Scholarships: See adviser.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: See adviser.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Dance Student Association

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
255 Meany, Box 351150

The program offers graduate study leading to an MFA that prepares dance artists (with a minimum eight years professional performance experience) for careers in higher education. The full two-year program begins mid June and includes summer quarter study. MFA candidates are supported in the development of a scholarly dimension to their creative work in dance, receive a tuition waiver, and earn a monthly stipend in exchange for working as a teaching assistant in the Dance Program. For more information visit:

Master of Fine Arts

Admission Requirements

  1. Letter of interest, resume, and writing sample
  2. Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  3. Minimum eight years of professional performing experience
  4. Ability to demonstrate movement skills at a professional level in at least one idiom, performance or website demonstrating performance range and ability, in person interview for final candidates
  5. Three letters of reference verifying accomplishments in the professional dance arena and readiness for graduate study in dance
  6. Neither a foreign language nor the GRE is required.
  7. Application deadline October 15; September 15 for foreign applicants.
  8. Online application procedures available at

Degree Requirements

Minimum 72 credits

During the full two-year program, students enroll full-time (minimum10 credits/quarter, including 9 credits during summer quarter). Of the 72 credits, 40 are in required courses.

  1. Required Coursework: DANCE 510 (12 total), DANCE 515, DANCE 516, DANCE 520, DANCE 521, DANCE 530 (4 total), DANCE 531 (6 total), DANCE 595
  2. Coursework or Competency: Students must have taken the following courses as an undergraduate, or have mastered their content through practical experience, or complete them during the program: DANCE 493, DANCE 544, DANCE 545, DANCE 590.
  3. Coursework of Interest (not required): DANCE 420, DANCE 535, DANCE 536, DANCE 550, PHIL 445 or PHIL 446

Financial Aid

All graduate students receive tuition waivers and teaching assistant stipends.