THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
DANCE PROGRAM


Explore the UA Dance Program


The University of Akron Dance Program offers students traditional technical training combined with an academic program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Dance or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Dance with a Business Cognate. A minor in dance is also available.

The UA Dance Program prepares students for:

  • performing careers
  • teaching careers
  • graduate studies in fields related to dance such as arts administration (available at The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration), physical therapy, dance therapy, dance history, dance ethnology, or dance education

The University of Akron is accredited by

nasd akron

The National Association of Schools of Dance

Dance Program credit and time policy

In the dance program, lecture courses meet for 50-minute per credit hour each week for 15 weeks, with the expectation of two hours of work per credit outside of class. Majors level dance technique classes meet for a minimum of 100-minute per credit hour each week for 15 weeks.


Dance Degrees 


Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Dance

The B.F.A. dance major is designed for the student who wishes to pursue professional training in dance through an emphasis in ballet and modern dance technique. This program offers extensive training in technical, performing and choreographic skills and is supported by a core of coursework in dance history, pedagogy, and physical analysis. The B.F.A in Dance prepares students for performing, graduate studies in performance and choreography, fields related to dance such as arts administration, dance history, physical therapy, dance therapy, dance education, or dance ethnology, as well as teaching in private studios.

To learn more about the B.F.A. in Dance curriculum, click the following link. 

Read the Curriculum Guide

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance with Business Cognate

This B.A. degree is designed to offer students a broad learning experience in dance, including ballet, modern, tap, and jazz, ballroom, and world dance forms supplemented by business studies. Core coursework includes choreography, dance history, pedagogy, and physical analysis. This program prepares students for dance studio management, graduate studies in the fields related to dance such as arts administration, dance history, physical therapy, dance, therapy, or dance ethnology, as well as teaching in private studios.

To learn more about the B.A in Dance with Business Cognate, click the following link. 

Read the Curriculum Guide

Dance Minor

The Dance Program offers a minor in dance for 20-21 credits. The curriculum includes study in dance techniques, World Dance/Ballroom Dance, Dance Somatics, in addition to dance history and electives such as choreography and Learning Theory for Dance. See “Minor Areas of Study” in the current Undergraduate Bulletin for the Dance Minor requirements.


Undergraduate Bulletin


Additional information on majors and minors, such course descriptions, may be found in the undergraduate bulletin.

Undergraduate Bulletin