The WVU Dance Program is a four-year undergraduate program leading to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. Students have the opportunity to develop and hone dance technique that offers both experiential and theoretical dance education. A variety of dance genres and subjects are at the core of the degree, presenting students with the opportunity to study Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap as well as World Dance, Choreography, Dance History and Dance Criticism. The program works to enrich the overall dance education of the student, instilling the importance and contributions that dance has to offer and its place within our culture and society.
While emphasis is on technique and theory, performance and production opportunities allow students to fully immerse themselves and experience the creative process that dance has to offer. There are many performance opportunities for students both on and off campus including formal dance showcases, the annual dance concert, and musicals, as well as local, regional and national dance festivals and conferences.
Students enrolled in the Dance B.A. Program must also declare a minor in either the College of Creative Arts or one offered by the University.
Recent graduates of the WVU Dance Program have gone on to pursue careers in dance through graduate school, the professional dance field and theatre. Others have taken their WVU dance education to pursue different disciplines and vocations, such as journalism, law, health and physical education. Students have also attended summer intensive programs around the country and have studied abroad.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearTHET 191 First-Year Seminar - CCA HN&F 171 Introduction to Nutrition DANC 210 Intermediate Ballet DANC 220 Intermediate Modern DANC 110 Fundamentals of Ballet
Senior YearThis major is so brand-spanking new that students haven’t finished their senior year.
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Dance at WVU began in 1928 by a group of women who founded the Orchesis Dance Ensemble.
- Average class size in the School of Theatre and Dance is 15.
- About 10,000 patrons see School of Theatre and Dance performances each year.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.