Major in Dance

As an undergraduate in dance, you'll study composition and choreography in depth as you are challenged to write, research, and analyze the field of dance. At the same time, you'll continue to develop your dance skills with technique classes and performance opportunities.

The foundations of our dance program are contemporary modern dance, which includes the vibrant Jump Rhythm Jazz style, along with ballet and tap. You'll examine the body in motion, explore collaborations in dance and music, and improvise dance as you develop your own vocabulary for composition and choreography.

Our faculty include award-winning professional dancers, choreographers and renowned researchers and scholars of dance history, theory and education. Guest artists lead master classes in a variety of forms and styles.

The dance and liberal arts curriculum is designed to foster your intellectual, artistic and professional growth and prepare you to pursue career opportunities in performance, dance writing, education, choreography, dance therapy and administration.

Students gain admission to the dance major through the regular Northwestern Undergraduate application process. There is no audition for the dance major. A placement class is held during Wildcat Welcome to determine the appropriate technique level for students to take.

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Lauryn Schmelzer and Caroline Spikner talk about why Northwestern’s dance community is “perfect.”