Pursue Your Passion as a Dance Major
A Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree from GCU prepares you for a future career in the arts. Dance majors who graduate from this program may enter the professional realm of concert dance, commercial dance, musical theatre, or studio dance teaching. Graduates would also be prepared to attend graduate school in a diverse set of areas, including dance therapy, choreography performance and business.
Dancers at GCU engage in creative collaboration and varied movement practices to cultivate artistic skills and processes. The bachelor's degree in dance program supports dance artists in learning how to communicate effectively through movement and reach broad audiences. Dance artists often work for themselves and must pursue a range of career opportunities. This could include working one on one with clients, teaching and performing inside an institution, or creating their own performance opportunities.
To ensure GCU dance majors have experience in these professional roles, they have the opportunity to perform and participate in concert productions such as the Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, the GCU Elementary Dance Tour, and Student Spotlight Dance Concerts. Through these programs, GCU faculty help dance majors cultivate the collaboration, innovation, critical thinking and cultural literacy needed for successful careers.
An audition is required for acceptance into the bachelor in dance degree program.
Study Advanced Dance Technique in the BA Dance Degree Program
Dancers who are admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree program are already skilled. The program is designed to enhance existing expertise in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and urban forms including hip-hop and tap.
Dance courses are offered at five levels and dance majors also participate in master classes and guest artist intensives. At GCU, students grow as dancers, choreographers and artists.
The coursework in this dance degree program prepares graduates to:
- Perform various dance forms with technical proficiency and self-expression
- Choreograph for professional dance concerts
- Plan and direct productions
- Teach dance and related subjects
- Collaborate with a community
- Integrate dance, technology, and media
- Pursue related studies (e.g. dance medicine, dance therapy)
- Build dance-based businesses
What to Expect from a Dance Degree
If you are choosing a dance degree, that means you have a passion for the art of dance and how it can convey the expressions of different cultures. A dance degree is about strengthening your current experiences and knowledge and learning new forms of dance. In the classroom, you will learn the history of various dance techniques and how to bring it into a professional production. In the studio is where you will build upon your previous knowledge in dance in preparation for performances on and off campus.
Explore a Future in Dance
Graduates of the bachelor's degree in dance have the training to pursue many kinds of creative careers. They may find work as:
- Private instructors
- Fitness instructors, wellness coaches and somatics practitioners
Dancers with the skill and drive to continue their training can benefit from a dance degree. Join other movement-based artists in the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree program at GCU.
Dance Degree FAQs
What degree do you need to be a dance teacher?
If you choose to step into a formal teaching role in a school setting, most public and private schools will have different requirements for what is needed to be a dance teacher, but you should expect most requirements to say that you need a bachelor’s degree in dance as well as a teaching license in the state you wish to teach in. This includes any dance experience you gain through traditional performances.
If this is a route that interests you, GCU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Dance for Secondary Education that is specifically designed for dance education in a classroom setting for middle schools, high schools and community colleges.
What is the difference between a BA and BFA in Dance?
In general, the difference between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) comes down to the amount of academic focus on the respective topic. In this case for dance majors, a BA will have more exploration into the academic side of dance, including the dance history, kinesiology, somatics and pedagogy. A BA in Dance will also allow you to minor in another area of interest or possibly double major if you so choose.
A BFA in Dance on the other hand is focused more on dance performance to satisfy credit hours. While general education requirements may still be required, it should be expected to have more studio time rather than classroom time with a BFA in Dance.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.