Welcome to UCI Dance

Welcome to UCI Dance! The UCI Department of Dance is a community that builds bridges and develops connections to the larger dance community. We are a conservatory style program housed within a public research university in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. UCI is a top ranked university, and the department is highly respected and acknowledged nationally and internationally. We have an outstanding faculty that is here to work with our students in all areas including technique (Ballet, Modern, Jazz), choreography, history, critical issues, movement analysis, dance science and technology.

There are many performance opportunities offered in our program with choreography by faculty, guest artists, graduate and undergraduate students and include department productions, M.F.A. thesis performances, and B.F.A. shows. We also have opportunities to perform in special projects within the community and research programs abroad. We connect our students to the greater dance community through master classes, guest teachers, residencies and performances.

We welcome you to our community and look forward to meeting you and working with you all!

  Molly Lynch
  UCI Dance
  Professor and Chair






Pictured at top: Dance Visions, 2018. Photo by Rose Eichenbaum.

Our Philosophy

The UCI Department of Dance was founded on the principle that aspiring professionals need substantial experience in more than one form of dance and in at least one academic area to succeed in the field of dance.

Research Areas

Our wide-ranging areas of research and study create an environment in which students create, perform, analyze and investigate dance from experiential, historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives.


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Prospective Students

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Current Students

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Contact Us

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