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The dance minor offers a basic introduction for teaching dance to a wide variety of populations. This minor consists of dance technique, pedagogy, history and dance in world cultures, in addition to specific course work related to the field of dance. Students will be prepared for a wide range of career choices upon graduation.

There are no prerequisites to begin work in the dance minor program. Students pursuing a minor have the same performance opportunities as those seeking a major.
Topics of Study
  • dance in world cultures
  • dance history
  • jazz, ballet, tap and/or modern dance
  • dance anatomy, kinesiology and injury prevention
  • dance pedagogy
  • technical theatre
Career Opportunities
  • teaching in an elementary or secondary school
  • operating own dance studio/teaching for dance studios
  • performing/choreographing for professional dance companies
  • dancing on cruise ships
  • choreographing for local theme park
Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • musical theatre productions
  • cabarets
  • in-residence workshops with established dance artists
  • Dance Happening
  • Spring Dance Concert
  • Evening of Experimental Dance


Do you have to audition to become an dance minor?
No. You do not need to audition to declare a dance minor. However, students must reach competency on at least the intermediate level in ballet, modern, and jazz or tap to fulfill the requirements for the minor.

Are there scholarships available?
Financial assistance is available to all students who meet the requirements. Students interested in more information should speak to their admissions counselor and/or the financial aid office.

How do I get involved in campus dance productions?
We sponsor five major dance productions each year—one production each semester featuring choreography by UT students, the annual Spring Dance Concert with faculty and other professional choreographers, the Evening of Experimental Dance and Dancing with Winds. All students are eligible to audition (whether or not they are dance minors or enrolled in dance classes). Additional performing opportunities, both on- and off-campus, are available as well.

How does this differ from the dance/theatre minor?
The Dance/Theatre minor is geared toward development and expansion of theatrical talents and skills as well as knowledge about the performing arts. The requirements for each minor program differ.

Can I do both?
Yes. Courses that are required for both minors will apply to both.

What are dance minor students going after graduation?
Some of our alumni have opened their own dance studios and many teach in private studios. Some are performing or just dancing for the fun of it.