At Western Oregon University, students work with professional faculty in a supportive environment to develop knowledge, skills, understanding, and appreciation of dance as an art form that can enrich and inform the quality of life. We encourage artistic development, education, cultural enrichment and intellectual growth in the field of dance.
The B.A. degree in dance and the minor in dance both include academic courses, performance opportunities and choreographic experiences geared entirely for the undergraduate student seeking a career in dance or in a dance related field. The curriculum is structured to develop well-rounded dancers with a solid foundation in modern, ballet, jazz and hip-hop.
Additional coursework includes: Wellness and Conditioning for dancers, Kinesiology, Dance Improvisation, Composition, Dance Production, Dance Teaching Methods, Dance History, and Dance Partnering.
For an additional 6 credits students can add a concentration in:
- Dance Education and Studio management
- Dance Film and Technology
- Dance Performance and Choreography
As part of the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Division of Creative Arts, dance students have opportunities for performance in plays, musicals, and faculty and student projects. Students also have opportunities to learn and practice their art in collaboration with students and faculty from the other arts disciplines. Additional performance and choreographic opportunities include student choreography for both formal and informal productions, senior thesis projects, repertory ensemble performances and annual dance concerts.
Regionally and nationally renowned choreographers annually set repertory works, historical works or create new works, and teach dance workshops for WOU dance majors and minors.
BA in dance | Dance Minor