A degree in dance can pave the way to a variety of careers in the performing arts, including performing, choreography, education, private teaching, and in related areas such as arts management, technical theater, or dance and physical therapy.
Dance students at Iowa enjoy multiple performance opportunities. Earning the degree involves course work in choreography, dance technique, human anatomy, and history as well as the broad liberal arts education provided for all University of Iowa students.
BA students must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
BFA students must first apply and be admitted to the BA program. Requirements for admission to the BFA program include earning 30 semester hours at the University of Iowa and showing exceptional academic and professional promise.
All students must audition for acceptance to the BA, BFA, and minor programs in dance. Auditions are offered four times per year for entering students.
Dance students have frequent opportunities to perform, including during annual student and faculty productions staged at Space Place Theater in North Hall; through Dancers in Company, the university’s dance touring company; and in the department’s annual Dance Gala concert.
The Undergraduate Dance Organization plays a vital role in supporting and generating student participation in departmental events.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Iowa offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance.
The BA program emphasizes a rigorous studio curriculum combined with a broad liberal arts background. You'll meet the degree requirements through course work, concert productions, and independent projects. The degree encompasses technical and creative practice, body science, theoretical studies in dance, and other areas of inquiry.
Students in the BFA program, which has more extensive admission requirements than the BA program, experience deeper immersion in choreography, performance, and technique. BFA students must show outstanding commitment, advanced technical ability, and exceptional creativity, and must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50 in dance courses.
Students in both programs take these courses:
- Human Anatomy
- Introduction to Dance Studies
- Dance Production
- Production Run Crew
- Music Essentials for Dance
- Dance and Society
- Dance Kinesiology
- Dance History
- Choreography I–II
The curriculum also includes technique courses in ballet, modern dance, ballet pointe, jazz, Brazilian Carnival, Laban Movement Studies, Introduction to Alexander Technique, and/or Afro-Cuban Dance, depending on your degree objective (BA or BFA).
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn a bachelor's degree must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.
See Dance in the UI General Catalog to learn more about required course work for the BA, the BFA, the minor, and graduating with honors.
Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship
Dance students may be interested in this interdisciplinary certificate. Students study the business of creating art, the entrepreneurial skills needed to promote one’s work as an artist, and best practices for starting arts-based ventures so they can apply the best practices of the business world to advance their individual arts disciplines.
This certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.