Programs

Students interested in pursuing a degree in dance can choose from the following degree paths: AS Pre-Major in Dance, BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet or Modern/Contemporary Dance, BS in Dance with an emphasis in Ballroom Dance, and BS in Dance Education. A variety of student, pre-professional and professional companies within the department provide excellent local, national and international performing opportunities for students in formal and informal as well as, adjudicated settings.

Dance for Everyone

The Department of Dance understands the importance of dance as a means of self and cultural expression for all students. The department has a variety of courses available to all students. Placement auditions in studio technique classes occur during the first week of the semester to assure student success.

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Dance Classes for Everyone

Studio Technique Courses

  • DANC 1100    Beginning Ballet
  • DANC 1200    Beginning Modern/Contemporary Dance
  • DANC 127R    Ballet Technique I
  • DANC 227R    Ballet Technique II
  • DANC 141R    Intro to Modern/Contemporary Dance
  • DANC 1500    Beginning Jazz
  • DANC 1510    Intermediate Jazz
  • DANC 250R    Advanced Jazz
  • DANC 1560    African Dance I
  • DANC 1590    Hip Hop I
  • DANC 1600    Hip Hop II
  • DANC 248R    Hip Hop III
  • DANC 1610    Dance Conditioning
  • DANC 1620    Polynesian Dance
  • DANC 1700    American Social Dance I
  • DANC 270R    American Social Dance II
  • DANC 370R    American Social Dance III
  • DANC 1710    International Ballroom Dance I
  • DANC 271R    International Ballroom Dance II
  • DANC 371R    International Ballroom Dance III
  • DANC 471R    International Ballroom Dance IV
  • DANC 1720    Latin Ballroom Dance I, II, III, IV
  • DANC 272R    Latin Ballroom Dance II
  • DANC 372R    Latin Ballroom Dance I
  • DANC 472R    Latin Ballroom Dance I

General Education Courses

  • DANC 1010    Dance as an Art Form
  • DANC 2110    Orientation to Dance
  • DANC 3400    Dance in the Elementary School

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Ballet

The BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet at Utah Valley University offers a rigorous program grounded in technique, performance, and choreography that is approached through a historical, somatic, scientific, and theoretical lens. The common core curriculum provides a broad knowledge base that supports the Ballet Program’s specialized courses.

Performance opportunities include- Repertory Ballet Ensemble (RBE), a pre-professional performing ensemble that has earned a notable reputation for their presentation of classical and contemporary choreography, Utah Metropolitan Ballet (UMB) a professional ballet company in residence at UVU, and Senior Capstone concerts, which culminates students’ learning. The UVU Ballet Program provides ongoing opportunities for students to work with national and international guest artists. In addition, opportunities exist for students to participate in academic conferences and regional festivals, such as the American College Dance Association Conference, the Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

BFA in Ballet Course Sequence

BFA in Ballet, UVU Catalog

 Program Learning Outcomes

Dance Education

The Dance Education program is dedicated in preparing students to teach, create, and perform dance at the highest level. Students participate in a rigorous Bachelor’s of Science degree program focusing on developing exceptional dance artists and outstanding dance teachers dedicated to the art, craft, creativity, and teaching of dance. Students are encouraged to participate in the dance and education communities through guest artist, workshops, and conferences (regional, national, and international). Rigorous coursework includes various dance techniques, choreography, performance, dance history, world dance, kinesiology, somatic studies, pedagogy, music and production. Students receive their secondary certification with an option to receive their elementary endorsement in dance. Dance Education majors have numerous career options. to include the public and private school settings, private studios, community centers, and higher education. Students are able to pursue both the BFA in Modern/Contemporary Dance and a BS in Dance Education.

Performance opportunities include Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) a pre-professional level modern dance company and upper division course; Synergy Dance Company, which produces student and guest artists work in concert; and Senior Capstone Concerts. The Dance Education Program participates annually in the festival of the American College Dance Association, and has been selected to perform at the national festival held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. In addition, it also participates in several academic conferences and regional festivals including the Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

BS in Dance Education Course Sequence

BS in Dance Education, UVU Catalog

 Program Learning Outcomes

Ballroom Dance

The Utah Valley Ballroom Program promotes access and appreciation for ballroom dance through its courses, performances, and outreach. Majors and non-majors alike are integrated in the courses and performances which creates a vibrant learning environment. The BS in Dance with an emphasis in Ballroom Dance degree program offers students the potential of having a broad foundation in dance, provided by the core class requirements, with a specialization in the technique, and performance skills in Ballroom Dance. Specialized course offerings include International, Latin, and American styles of ballroom dance as well as choreography, ballroom styles, and pedagogy.

Performance opportunities include the Ballroom Company comprised of the Ballroom Tour Team, the Back-up Ballroom Team, the Beginning Team and Capstone Concerts. Students have the opportunity to compete in regional, national and international competitions as solo group and as a team, participate in national and/or international touring.

BS in Ballroom Dance Course Sequence

BS in Ballroom Dance, UVU Catalog

 Program Learning Outcomes

Modern/Contemporary Dance

The Modern/Contemporary Dance Program in UVU’s Department of Dance is a rigorous program that provides dance training for BFA students with a strong foundation in technique and choreography. This daily physical practice merges with serious scholarly study of dance in its historical, somatic, theoretical, scientific, pedagogical, and cultural contexts. The rigorous course study of the BFA in Modern/Contemporary Dance prepares the next generation of dance artists and scholars for myriad career opportunities. The Modern/Contemporary Dance Program provides opportunities for students to work with nationally and internationally recognized guest artists on a yearly basis, to participate in study abroad programs, and to work alongside faculty mentors in scholarly and creative research.

Performance opportunities include Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) a pre-professional level modern dance company and upper division course; Synergy Dance Company, which produces student and guest artists work in concert; and Senior Capstone Concerts. The Modern/Contemporary Program participates annually in the American College Dance Association conference and has been selected to perform at the national festival held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Dance majors also participate in several academic conferences and regional festivals including the Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Students graduating from the UVU Modern/Contemporary Dance Program are prepared to enter the world as artists, teachers, performers, choreographers, critical thinkers, problem solvers, and engaged human beings.

BFA in Modern/Contemporary Dance Course Sequence

BFA in Modern/Contemporary Dance, UVU Catalog

 Program Learning Outcomes

AS in Dance

Associate of Science Pre-Major in Dance

The Associate of Science in Dance is a two-year pre-major degree that provides students with basic foundational knowledge and skills in dance. Students are engaged in an array of courses to include Modern/Contemporary Dance, Ballet, and Jazz technique, improvisation, composition, dance conditioning, and somatic studies. Students pursuing the Bachelor degrees will also fulfill the requirements of the AS degree and are eligible to apply for it at graduation.

AS in Dance Course Sequence

AS in Dance, UVU Catalog

 Program Learning Outcomes