Undergraduate Programs
UCI Dance Undergraduate Programs

As a student in the UCI Dance Department you will be part of the outstanding legacy and potential that define our program. In 1965 our founding chair Eugene Loring, with a dedicated group of dance artists and scholars, had the vision to create a professionally oriented university dance program that has since achieved national and international recognition.

Today, the life of the UCI Dance Department includes the research and preservation of dance history, the exploration of choreography in the present, and the cutting edge technology of the future. We have an exceptional commitment to dynamic and progressive education. Our beautiful location in Southern California inspires the highest ideals in art and dance making.

Throughout our programs there is a strong focus on the techniques of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, world dance, and dance and technology. Theoretical studies include dance history, theory, and ethnography; Laban studies; dance pedagogy; dance science; and aesthetics of digital media. Creative opportunities bridge the studio and theoretical work through performance and choreography; creative applications of animation, motion capture, audio and video technologies; lecture demonstration; and critical, historical, ethnographic, and scientific writing.

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.

Degrees in Dance

Our program is built upon the philosophy that dancers should be prepared to perform many types of dance. Coursework is designed for students preparing to continue professionally as dancers, as choreographers, and as teachers, as well as for students who have a serious interest in the theory, criticism, documentation, kinesiology, or history of dance.

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.

Program Details

Want to know more about studying dance at UCI? Here are answers to some questions commonly asked by prospective students. Please refer to the current UCI Catalogue for complete program details and admission requirements.


To apply for admission to the UCI Dance Department, first visit the UCI Admissions website for complete details on application procedures and fees. Auditions are required.

Career Opportunities

A career in dance requires excellent training and extraordinary discipline, tenacity, and dedication. Beyond the perhaps more obvious careers in professional dance performance, choreography, and teaching, the major in Dance also serves as a basis for graduate study or job opportunities in fields such as dance history, dance science, dance reconstruction, dance criticism, and dance filmmaking.

The Local Area

UCI is located in fast-growing Orange County, near the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Diego. We are less than five miles from beautiful Newport Beach

UCI Dance Alumni

Learn more about the UCI Dance alumni and where they are now.