The UT dance program and dance major offer a distinctive focus in preparing students to become leaders in the field of dance education in a variety of capacities and settings, including teaching in private studios and community dance programs serving diverse populations. There is also strong foundational preparation for further study at the graduate level. The curriculum is built around the concepts of brain-compatible dance education, as developed by Anne Green Gilbert. Courses include dance technique, a series of pedagogy courses, choreography, dance history, dance in world cultures, anatomy and kinesiology, and technical theatre as part of a well-balanced liberal arts curriculum. A required capstone course integrates acquired skills and experiences into a culminating project that emphasizes the practical application of what each student has gained as a result of learning experiences within the program. The program also provides opportunities for internships within the Tampa Bay community.

Students interested in declaring a dance major are required to attend an audition/interview with our faculty. This process will typically take place during the scheduled open houses in the calendar year. You can find these dates listed on the admissions website. When you sign up to attend an open house, please indicate in the drop down menu that you are interested in attending the dance audition.

If there is a reason the potential student cannot travel to campus, a digital submission will be accepted and a phone interview can be scheduled. Guidelines for a digital submission are below:


Please upload a video of yourself to YouTube (or a similar site) and include the following:

  • 1.5 minute solo in either ballet or modern/contemporary
  • 10 minutes of ballet barre
  • 1 to 1.5 minute solo in another form of dance (tap, hip hop, etc.) (optional)

You can then email the link to Please include any passwords for the link, if necessary.

 Topics of Study

  • Technique classes (ballet and modern plus options in jazz, tap, dance partnering for the stage, ballroom and African)
  • Dance Pedagogy Fundamentals
  • 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

Career Opportunities

  • Establishing community dance programs
  • Preparing 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 fields
  • Interaction both on- and off-campus working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and other diverse populations
  • Spring Dance Concerts
  • Evening of Experimental Dance (collaboration with UT Scarfone/Hartley Gallery)
  • Student-choreographed Dance Happenings
  • Internship opportunities with local community dance programs
  • Teaching dance at local studios

Students who have declared a dance major must successfully pass a second-year evaluation/review, which is administrated after the second year of study (or, for transfer students, after 60 credit hours are earned).



  • New entering student (fall term entry only)
  • An applied understanding of body knowledge and movement vocabulary
  • Completed admissions application and acceptance for full-time study
  • Declared Major in Dance
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above

Audition Information:

  • Audition dates: Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 8, 2019; Feb. 16, March 22 and April 19, 2020
  • Auditions by appointment at a scheduled open house only, unless the student is unable to travel to campus.
  • Dance audition procedure: students will participate in a ballet barre, center modern combination and facilitated improvisation. Immediately following the movement portion of the audition, each individual will sit down with faculty for a brief one-on–one interview.

Deadline for scholarship consideration: Feb. 16, 2020

For more information, contact:
Susannah LeMarquand, Dance Program Director
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606-1490
(813) 253-6322