Dance studies create a foundation for understanding and evaluating contemporary thinking about dance and related arts, while nurturing a physical and intellectual understanding of the language of movement.

Western Dance majors develop multiple skills that are essential in all fields, including self-discipline, collaboration, patience and problem-solving. The Dance BA is a broadly-based degree with a liberal arts orientation, and is designed for students with a general interest in dance and its applications. BA candidates focus on pedagogical and historic aspects of dance art as well as on the performance and generative components. 

Majors are also eligible for the Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation minor (“AECI”), a unique program of WWU focused on launching successful creative careers in the arts. Scholarships are available to students pursuing the AECI minor.

Portrait of Brynn Hofer

"The Dance faculty give so much of themselves to the dancers. They have such an innate ability to help their students that is quite inspiring – I hope to be that way with my students one day."

Brynn Hofer
Dance Major

Beyond the Classroom

Performance opportunities for students include New Music/New Dance, Winter Dances, Cabaret and Dance In Concert. The department also brings in a number of guest artists throughout the year such as Amma and Kofi Anang West African Dance, and The Liz Gerring Dance Company.

“Students pursuing their BA in Dance at Western benefit from many performing opportunities, in both large and intimate theaters. Our faculty members – who are rotated through the various technique levels – are unique in that they not only have academic resumes, they have also been extensively involved in professional dance as dancers, choreographers, and teachers. Our students are encouraged and supported throughout their growth in our program and graduate with a variety of career opportunities from performance to teaching.”  Cher Carnell, Faculty


Sample Jobs

  • Dance Educator 
  • Arts Management 
  • Dance Teacher 
  • Community Dance Worker 
  • Choreographer

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.