Dance Coursework

Individual programs for Dance majors will vary depending upon your interests and level of preparation and will be determined in consultation with your academic counselor. For information on breadth, degree, and graduation requirements, please consult the UCI General Catalogue.

Courses for Dance majors include:

First Year

  • Writing Requirement
  • Two year-long studio courses in technique
  • Breadth/Electives

History, Theory, Notation

  • Dance History (two Levels)
  • Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Dance
  • Critical Issues in Dance

Dance Science

  • Pilates Program for Dancers
  • Kinesiology for Dancers
  • Injury Prevention/Technique Analysis


  • Performance in productions choreographed by faculty, guest artists and students

Studio Courses

  • Ballet technique (five levels)
  • Modern technique (four levels)
  • Jazz technique (four levels)
  • Tap technique
  • Selected World Dance Forms
  • Men's Ballet
  • Pointe Class
  • Partnering
  • Repertory (ballet, modern)
  • Hip Hop
  • Improvisation
  • Choreography (three levels)
  • Video Choreography
  • Music Courses
  • Music for Dancers

Elective Courses

  • Arts Management
  • Contemporary Dance Immersion
  • Senior Seminar
  • Embodiology
  • Lighting for Choreography

Pictured: Professor Sheron Wray teaches a Jazz IV class. Photo by Skye Schmidt.