THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
DANCE PROGRAM


Get to Know 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.

The UA Dance Program prepares students for:

  • performing careers
  • graduate studies in the fields related to dance such as arts administration, dance history, physical therapy, dance therapy, dance education, or dance ethnology
  • teaching careers in private studios

Furthermore, a fifth-year option is available in which students can be licensed to teach dance in public schools, grades pre-K through 12.


UA Dance Program Degrees


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

This degree track is for the student who wishes to pursue professional training in dance through an emphasis on ballet technique. The curriculum includes training in technical, performing and choreographic skills, as well as an in-depth knowledge of dance history. Placement is by audition.

To be admitted to the B.F.A. degree program, students must successfully pass the B.F.A. audition. Typically, students register for the B.F.A. Audition after completing two years of study. Students must complete one full year of Ballet VIII and must be enrolled in ballet technique class each semester until they satisfy their technique requirements.

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 degree track is for students who wish to pursue dance training through an emphasis in the four major dance idioms of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. The program also offers course work in choreography, history, physical analysis, and pedagogy. A placement audition is required for all incoming students.

The first step to becoming a dance major is to be admitted to The University of Akron and to declare dance as your intended major. All prospective dance majors enter the program provisionally and are reviewed by the full-time dance faculty through a Freshman Jury and Interview at the end of the freshman year. Typically, students register for the Freshman Jury and Interview (7910:201) during their second semester of study. Students successfully passing the Freshman Jury and Interview are admitted into the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences as B.A. in Dance majors. All dance majors are required to study dance technique every semester they are enrolled until they satisfy their technique requirements.

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

Read the Curriculum Guide

Dance Minor

The University of Akron has approved dance as a minor field of study that may be placed on a student’s record when all requirements have been completed.

Multi-age License to Teach Dance in Ohio Public Schools, Pre-K through 12

This program licenses dance educators to teach dance in Ohio public schools, grades pre-K through 12. The program is offered in conjunction with the College of Education at The University of Akron.


Undergraduate Bulletin


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

Undergraduate Bulletin