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Dance is an art form where story is told through movement of the body. Instead of using spoken word, artists use dance to convey action, ideas and emotion. The art of dance comes in many different forms, such as jazz, tap, ballet and modern. Colorado Mesa University offers a BFA in Dance.

The dance program at Colorado Mesa University is designed to prepare students in a wide range of dance disciplines. While maintaining the foundation training of ballet and modern, the program emphasizes the many styles of jazz and tap for those with an eye on a career in the professional world of dance. Students have the luxury of studying the performing arts in the Moss Performing Arts Center. CMU dancers are trained by faculty members who have professional backgrounds in all forms of dance and musical theatre. With four dance performances a year, students at Colorado Mesa University have the opportunity to choreograph original works and to dance for and with visiting guest artists from the professional world. During their time at CMU, students develop lifelong relationships with professors who help develop a strong technical background with positive reinforcement. CMU also has many clubs and organizations that can help prepare students for advanced study in their field or build campus and community connections.

Learn more about CMU's DANCE program

• Activity leader
• Art manager
• Ballet mistress/master
• Cheerleading instructor
• Choreography
• Dance competition judge
• Dance costume/prop/equipment designer
• Dance critic
• Dance instructor
• Dance notation
• Dance therapist
• General manager for symphony
• Museum staff
• Personnel manager
• Physical therapist
• Professional Dancer
• Production assistant
• Wellness Instructor
• Writer (dance topics)

Note: Some of the occupations listed above may require additional education, experience, or training beyond a Bachelor’s Degree. To research these occupations use the Career Research Resources links below.

• Perform professionally with a theatre or for a dance troupe.
• Teach Dance at a University.
• Teach for a public or private school.
• Perform for a circus.
• Choreograph dance for film or stage.
• Choreograph dance for musical artists.
• Choreograph music videos or awards shows.
• Perform with musicians.
• Arts council
• Cheer camps
• Child care programs
• Circus
• Concert hall
• Crisis center
• Cruise lines
• Dance academies
• Dance companies/troupes
• Dance competitions
• Dance magazines
• Dance studios
• Drug treatment facility
• Gym
• Hospitals
• Nursing homes
• Opera company
• Physical therapy centers
• Recreation clubs
• Rehab facility
• Theatres
• Theme parks
• TV/film studios
• Universities/colleges
• Wellness/fitness organizations

Skills Needed by Dance majors:

• Dedication
• Flexibility
• Willingness to learn new things
• Work well with others
• Coordination
• Balance
• Good posture
• Communication skills
• Ability to learn from others
• Creativity

Other Dance resources