Pursue Your Passion as a Dance Major at GCU
A Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) can prepare you to position yourself to potentially pursue a future career in the arts. Dance majors who graduate from this program may enter professional industries of concert dance, commercial dance or musical theatre. Those who pursue a dance BA offered by the College of Arts and Media at GCU may be prepared to attend graduate school in a diverse set of areas including dance therapy, choreography performance and business.
As a dance major at GCU, you will have the opportunity to engage in creative collaboration and varied movement practices to cultivate your artistic skills and processes. The bachelor’s degree in dance supports dance artists by teaching them how to communicate effectively through movement and reach broad audiences. Dance artists often work for themselves and can pursue a range of career opportunities.
An audition is required for acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree program.
Study How to Grow as a Dancer, Choreographer and Artist
Dancers who are admitted to GCU’s dance BA program are already skilled. The program is designed to enhance existing expertise in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop.
Dancing technique courses are offered at five levels and, as a dance major, you can also participate in master classes and guest artist intensives. At GCU, you are taught how to grow as a dancer, choreographer and artist.
Choosing this dance program at GCU can help prepare you with advanced coursework that is necessary 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
- Integrate dance, technology, and media
- Pursue related studies (e.g. dance medicine, dance therapy)
Your BA in Dance at GCU can help you gain experiences to pursue professional roles, such as performing and participating 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 can help dance majors cultivate the collaboration, innovation, critical thinking and cultural literacy for a career in dance.
Benefits of the BA in Dance Program
If you are choosing to major in dance, you likely have a passion for the art of dance and how it can convey the expressions of different cultures. A BA in Dance program is about strengthening your current experiences and knowledge and learning new forms of dance. In the classroom, you will be taught the history of various dance techniques and how to bring it into a professional production. In the studio is where you can build upon your previous knowledge in dance in preparation for performances on and off campus.
Career Paths for Graduates With a Bachelor’s in Dance
Graduates with a BA in Dance may have the training to position themselves to pursue many kinds of creative careers. After graduating the dance BA, you may find work as a dancer or choreographer.
Dancers with the skill and drive to continue their training can benefit from a dancing degree and join other movement-based artists at GCU.
Earn Your Degree From an Accredited University
Achieve your educational dreams at a trusted and accredited university. GCU secures the excellence and acknowledgement your education deserves by earning accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Accreditation affirms GCU's adherence to rigorous criteria and standards, substantiating the university's commitment to delivering quality academic programs.
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Enroll today and embark on an extraordinary journey toward realizing your passion for dance with our BA in Dance program. Don't miss out on this opportunity to turn your passion into a profession. Apply now to begin shaping your future as a dancer.
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.