Dance Program


The Department of Dance offers curricula leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), or a certificate in teaching dance, as well as opportunities for non-majors. The goal of the department is to provide comprehensive dance training within the liberal arts framework of the university. The study of dance involves intellectual, artistic, and physical development. The Department of Dance emphasizes all three areas of growth, a commitment made possible by the breadth of its curricular offerings and the depth of faculty expertise. In addition to the academic components, dance students experience the rigorous professional discipline that is inherent in studio classes. The department explores diverse idioms in dance: African dance and drumming, ballet, contact improvisation, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, modern, partnering, and Salsa. 

Regardless of a student’s career goals, education in dance at the University of Oregon provides the opportunity to develop motivation and self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, and creative imagination. These attributes are essential not only for a successful career but also for experiencing a fulfilling life. 

Degree Programs

What can I do with a degree in Dance?


Our faculty produce well-rounded, skilled scholars and performers who are flexible leaders with global perspectives and great people skills who become cultural influencers and entrepreneurs. A degree is dance can lead to variety of careers, including:

Artistic director
Community arts worker
Dance movement psychotherapist*
Private studio owner/instructor
Musical theatre
Dance coach (K-12)*
Sound/lighting technician
Wellness consultant*
College professor
Theme park dancer
Benesh, Laban dance notator
Costume designer
Dance for fitness instructor
Stunt coordinator*
Film researcher/dance consultant

*with additional certification or degree

Performance Opportunities 


The department offers frequent opportunities for students to perform in works by faculty, guest artists, and students. Performances are produced throughout the year, and any university student may participate. Participants are usually selected through auditions. Rehearsals and performances earn academic credit. 

Performance groups such as Dema, an African dance ensemble, and the UO Student Dance Collective, tour Oregon and the Northwest presenting live concerts as well as lecture-demonstrations and master classes for public schools, colleges, universities, civic organizations, and community concert series. A student may also earn credit and gain experience in teaching, lighting, production, or a combination of these. Practicum credit is offered in dance choreography, production design, and management.  

Collaborations with local dance groups, the Department of Theater Arts, and groups within the School of Music and Dance provide multidisciplinary performance opportunities. These activities carry academic credit. 


School of Music and Dance scholarships and financial aid are available. For complete information about financial aid, including loans, see the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships section of the UO catalog. 

Take the Next Step

We encourage you to visit us to learn more about our programs and meet current faculty and students. Call us, email us, visit us or apply to the program. We’re here to answer your questions about how a degree in music composition can shape your future and positively impact your community.