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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Dance

The applied dance major at UT offers a distinctive focus in preparing students to become leaders in the field of dance in a variety of capacities and settings, including dance companies, private studios and community dance programs serving diverse populations, as well as preparing them for further study in graduate school. Courses include pedagogy, choreography, history, dance in world cultures, anatomy and kinesiology, and education courses as part of a well-balanced liberal arts education. A required capstone course integrates acquired skills and experiences into a culminating project that emphasizes the practical application of what each student has learned. In addition to on-campus experiences, there also are opportunities for internships in the community.

Students majoring in applied dance take a placement class to determine what level to begin their technical classwork, but an audition is not required. This class can be scheduled during an open house event or when students arrive on campus.

If preferred, students may send a digital submission in place of an on-campus placement class. The presentation, which can be sent via YouTube link, must include the following:


  • 1.5 minute solo in either ballet or modern/contemporary
  • 10 minutes of ballet barre
  • 1-page essay detailing why you are interested in the UT Applied Dance program and how the program will benefit you. Please e-mail your essay to Susan Taylor Lennon, dance program director. 
  • 1 to 1.5 minute solo in another form of dance (tap, hip hop, etc.) (optional)

Topics of Study

  • applied dance fundamentals
  • technique classes (ballet and modern plus options in jazz, tap, dance partnering for the stage, ballroom and hip hop)
  • dance in world cultures
  • dance history
  • dance improvisation
  • composition and choreography
  • dance anatomy, kinesiology and injury prevention
  • technical theatre
  • music for dance
  • teaching methods in dance
  • teaching methods for community and diverse populations
  • human development and learning
  • philosophy of education and teacher learner relationships

Career Opportunities

  • establishing community dance programs
  • preparation for graduate work in various dance fields
  • opening a dance studio
  • performance opportunities through audition at local theme parks

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • in-residence workshops with established dance artists
  • workshops with former students currently working in the field
  • interaction both on- and off-campus working with physically disabled children and adults and other diverse populations
  • Spring Dance Concert
  • Evening of Experimental Dance (collaboration with UT Scarfone/Hartley Gallery)
  • Dance Happenings
  • Dancing with Winds (collaboration with UT Wind Ensemble)
  • internship opportunities with local community dance programs
  • teaching dance at local studios