Dance at South Carolina
Our dance program has a history of excellence for 30 years. The program attracts a cosmopolitan enrollment of students from across the country and abroad.
What to Expect
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance offers two concentrations: performance and choreography or dance education, and all students are required to actively participate in departmental productions.
Students who choose to concentrate in performance and choreography will choose a focus in ballet or contemporary dance. The program is known for its world-class repertoire including works by George Balanchine, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, Lila York and Lynne Taylor Corbett. You will be exposed to dance techniques including classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, musical theater and world dance.
Students focusing on dance education will undergo a four-year program that leads to teacher certification in grades K-12. The minor is through the College of Education.
B B.A. in Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance, in the College of Arts and Sciences, maintains an active guest-artist program bringing in professional directors, choreographers, actors, dancers and designers from all over the world to work with students. As a dance major, you will be exposed to experiences that will help you develop professional training performance, technique and pedagogical experiences.
The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Dance:
- The Dancer's Body or Inner Mastery Through Movement
- Dance Improvisation and Composition
- Laban Movement Analysis
- Dance Analysis and Criticism
- Choreography I
- Production Design for Dance
Dance majors with a concentration in performance and choreography will take additional courses including:
- Senior Capstone Concert
- Courses in both ballet and contemporary techniques
Dance majors with a concentration in dance education will take additional courses including:
- Dance Education I
- Dance Education II: Creative Dance for Children
- Dance Education III: Dance Pedagogy for Middle and High School
- Synthesis of Dance Education Constructs
- Integrated Approaches in Dance Education
- Teaching Internship in Dance Education
- Schools in Communities
- Learners and the Diversity of Learning
- Physical Education for Inclusion
- Interdisciplinary Relationships in the Arts
Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.