Our comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance combines rigorous course work, practical performance experience, and ample opportunities for students to create their own work. Our experienced faculty works hard to provide extraordinary creative opportunities for students to explore their passions in many areas of dance.

Dance majors graduate with the life skills needed to prepare them for positions in the professional dance performance world, graduate study, or related careers in which creativity, communication skills and collaborative abilities are essential.
Contact the Office of Admissions
Contact the Office of Admissions
Lindsey Howie, Director of Dance Program
(336) 841-9439
Daily from 8:30am — 5:00pm
Faculty & Staff
Faculty & Staff
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Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance
Why Choose Dance at HPU?

Our dance program is made up of physically active thought-provoking courses and ample opportunities to perform and choreograph. Students studying dance at HPU will gain a valuable foundation in many areas of dance with the freedom to explore all areas of interest with the support of caring faculty mentors. We want you to find your artistic voice, and we encourage our students to add a dual major or minor that complements and enhances their interests and goals. You will experience small class sizes with one-on-one attention, access to guest artists who set choreography for our concerts and offer master classes, and an active production schedule to hone your skills.

Working as a Company

We operate under a “Company Philosophy” where we view our entire department as a working Theater & Dance company. This means that all members work on every production in some capacity, providing a multiplicity of skills such as how to light a dance piece, working with costume designers, and understanding how professional dance and theater are produced. These experiences make our graduates highly marketable and versatile artists. The department produces four theatrical mainstage productions and two dance concerts each year, with ample student produced work and other focused performance opportunities. Students choreograph their own work for the Spring Dance Concert, have the opportunity to create dance films, and present their work/research at national collegiate dance and undergraduate research conferences and festivals.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from High Point University will allow a student to undertake an experiential education grounded within the liberal arts environment created at High Point University. Each dance major will complete a challenging 44 credit-hour core of physically active and thought-provoking courses, providing them with a valuable foundation in many areas of dance. The Department encourages each student to choose a minor that will allow them to explore in greater depth the potential field of dance where their individual passions lie. Ultimately, the Dance major combined with a minor or dual major provides students with a solid foundation in dance techniques and academics while nurturing exploration of a secondary area of study.

Adding a minor or another major in addition to Dance allows a student to tailor their studies for a specific career trajectory. The Dance major curriculum offers an in-depth analysis of dance as art, as an expression of culture, and as a dialogue of the human condition.

The focused course work is designed to:

  • foster capable, expressive, and meaningful moving artists
  • encourage students to find and cultivate their own artistic voices by constructing, developing, and designing a final thesis project
  • identify, engage, and employ cultural dance practices in constructing a sophisticated perspective
  • collaborate with other artists and their audience
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Course Requirements 2021-2022
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
Minor in Dance
Bachelor of Arts in Dance
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 44
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 34
Total 128
Minor in Dance
Minor Requirements Credits
Core Requirements 21
Studio Requirements 2
Total 23
Requirements for B.A. in Dance
Requirements for Minor in Dance
Requirements for B.A. in Dance
Course Course Title Credits
THE 1100 Theater Participation 4
DNC 1200 Exploration of Modern Dance 4
THE 2010 Fundamentals of Design and Theater Architecture 4
DNC 2100 Ballet Dance 4
DNC 2200 Jazz Dance 4
DNC 2800 Dance and New Media 4
DNC 3800 Dance Composition 4
THE 4520 Developing an Artistic Career and Practice 2
DNC 4800 Thesis/Final Project 2
TECHNIQUE/STUDIO COURSES - Students may take 8 credits of any combination of the following courses, but at least 2 must be at the 3000 level.
DNC 2001 Contemporary Dance Studio I 1
DNC 3001 Contemporary Dance Studio II 1
DNC 2101 Ballet Dance Studio I 1
DNC 3101 Ballet Dance Studio II 1
DNC 2201 Jazz Dance Studio I 1
DNC 3201 Jazz Dance Studio II 1
ELECTIVES- Select four credits from the following list:
THE 1200 Fundamentals of Acting 4
THE 1710 Lighting and Sound Crafts: Theory and Practice 4
THE 1720 Stagecraft: Theory and Practice 4
THE 1730 Costume Crafts: Theory and Practice 4
THE 1740 Make-up Crafts: Theory and Practice 4
DNC 3900 & THE 4510 Dance Pedagogy combined with Theater Arts Administration (2 credits for each course) 4
DNC 2300 Tap 4
Course Descriptions
Requirements for Minor in Dance
Course Course Title Credits
THE 1100 Theater Participation 1
DNC 1200 Exploration of Modern Dance 4
DNC 2100 Ballet Dance 4
DNC 2200 or DNC 2300 Jazz Dance or Tap Dance 4
DNC 2800 Dance and New Media 4
DNC 3800 Dance Composition 4
Studio Requirements - Select 2 from the list below for a total of 2 credits
DNC 2001 Contemporary Dance Studio I 1
DNC 2101 Ballet Dance Studio I 1
DNC 2201 Jazz Dance Studio I 1
DNC 3001 Contemporary Dance Studio II 1
DNC 3101 Ballet Studio II 1
DNC 3201 Jazz Dance Studio II 1
Career Opportunities
A student graduating with a B.A degree in Dance will be competitive in the dance market. Students who plan to pursue a career in dance performance can dive deeply into a technique study in their four years at High Point University through class work, individual practice, individual instruction, performances, master classes, and conference participation. Of course, performance is not the only avenue for a graduate of High Point University in Dance. Students can choose to teach at dance studios, work in administration of dance companies, advocate for dance arts, or use their confidence, broad knowledge of the human condition, work ethic, collaboration, and an artistic practice at any job they seek.

Combining Dance with a minor or other areas of study will provide support for careers in areas such as:
Student Outcomes
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At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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