GCU Dance Department

Do you have a passion for dance and the arts? The GCU Dance Department in the College of Arts and Media provides opportunities in many styles of dance for performance and education. Not only will students continue to expand their expertise in dance performance, the dance curriculum at GCU teaches students the history of dance, performance production and how to integrate their knowledge of dance into media and the community.

Dance majors perform in faculty concerts as early as their first semester. Through concert productions and performances throughout the year, the GCU Dance Faculty lead students. Growing in their proficiency and creativity in dance and enabling their success in any career path they may choose.

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Dance Degrees

You can choose to pursue a career in dance performance with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, or extend your knowledge of dance to children in a classroom setting with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance for Secondary Education. Both degrees teach the techniques of many styles of dance; they differ in the emphasis they place on performance or education.

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GCU Dance Faculty

The faculty members who lead GCU Dance have highly creative backgrounds that include many years of performance and education in the arts.


Saguaro Hall Dance Studios

The GCU Dance Studios are located on campus in Saguaro Hall. This spacious area provides dance students with a state-of-the-art facility that includes sprung Marley flooring, mirrors and a sound system. The studios are where students will take all movement classes and are also available for dance majors and minors to reserve for rehearsals.

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Academic Relationships

GCU Dance has an academic relationship with local and national organizations as a way to further enhance the visibility of the program while also giving students extensive resources for their dance education. These organizations include:

  • Ballet Arizona
  • Be Kind People Project
  • Arizona Dance Education Organization
  • National Dance Education Organization
  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Other organizations that we continue to have a close relationship with include

  • Diamond Dance Works
  • Legacy Ballet
  • Ballet Theatre of Phoenix
  • Boys and Girls Clubs

Request more information today to see how you can be a part of GCU Dance.

Dance Performance Opportunities

Students in the GCU Dance program have many opportunities to demonstrate their artistry and talent throughout the school year. Performance opportunities include two faculty concerts, two student spotlight showcases and one choreography concert.

Ethington Dance Ensemble

The Ethington Dance Ensemble encompasses all GCU Dance majors and minors. This ensemble performs in on-campus productions such as the winter and spring dance concerts, along with other theatre productions. Dance Ensemble students routinely engage with the dance leadership and international guest artists who often visit GCU to rehearse with and educate students on many choreographic styles.

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Elementary Dance Tour

The Elementary Dance Tour is a vital part of the Ethington Dance Ensemble. This tour brings GCU Dance off campus and into the community as GCU students visit local elementary and middle school students so they can experience the art of dance at first hand. These young students will watch a multi-media production put on solely by GCU Dance students and will also learn about the tools and professionalism needed for their own self-expression in dance.

For a closer look at the amazing work done by our students in GCU Dance, take a look at our Student Showcase page below.

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