If you are interested in majoring in dance, it is likely that you have a good understanding of the physical techniques required. However majoring in dance allows you to view, analyze and appreciate dance through historical and cultural perspectives that inform and enhance your previous knowledge of dance. We offer a variety of coursework and training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, improvisation, composition, dance history, independent study, and more.
Why a degree in Dance from Missouri Valley?
Our program focuses on giving you the knowledge you need to hone your technical and creative skills through safe dance practices. We do this through opportunities to work with faculty and guest artists. Our small classes sizes mean you have ample opportunities to perform, choreograph and design for productions. Our dance students are featured in three major productions throughout the year, including a crowd favorite, the annual Christmas show. The Fine Art Department offers scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition. We encourage you to audition in person, however, if you are unable to we can arrange a digital audition.
- Dance Teacher
- Art Administration
- Fitness & Somatic Instructor
- Management of a Dance Company
- Dance Therapist
Graduate Program Possibilities
- Fine Arts
Courses & Concentrations
Degree in Dance
The bachelor’s degree program in dance prepares students for a variety of careers in dance, or to enter a graduate dance program. Our program allows students to focus on individualized areas of interest in dance such as education, choreography, performance and scholarship. Requirements include a total of 46 hours.
Minor in Dance
Students studying other majors may want to consider earning a minor in dance. The dance minor combines ten hours of technique courses, nine hours of non-dance technique courses, and three hours of dance electives. Technique courses can focus on specific dance styles including jazz, tap, modern or ballet.