The Department awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance concentrating in one of two areas: (1) Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory or (2) Dance Education. A Minor in Dance is available. In partnership with the professional dance company, Charlotte Ballet, the Department offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for advanced ballet training. Any UNC Charlotte student may audition for this unique two-year certificate program.
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance with concentration in Performance, Choreography and Theory, is a comprehensive program of classes in technique and performance in modern dance, ballet, and African Diasporan dance forms; creative process, production, history, culture, and theory. Dance students begin their study in the freshman year. In addition to class work, students have opportunities to perform in two fully produced concerts a year choreographed by faculty and guest artists as well as two student choreographed concerts per year. The Department offers field study experiences in New York and to American College Dance festival and dance-dedicated study abroad experiences. As part of student organizations, MOVE and Range of Motion, students produce their own dance concerts. For a list of required courses for this program of study, please click here.
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education follows the core curriculum of the B.A. in Dance with additional coursework in dance education offered through the Department and the College of Education. The curriculum includes specialized pedagogy courses with laboratory experiences that lead to K-12 teacher licensure in North Carolina. Students also take technique, creative process, production, and theory coursework in dance. This program is designed for students who want to teach dance in the public schools, but also benefits dancers who want to teach in studios or community centers. Student teaching is possible in cooperation with the public schools of the Charlotte area. For a list of required courses for this program of study, please click here.
The Professional Training Certificate in Dance with Charlotte Ballet is a two year program for dancers who specialize in ballet performance. Entrance into the program is by audition only. Classes include advance ballet technique, pointe and variations for the women, men’s technique, contemporary dance and partnering. In addition, students have opportunities to learn choreography from Charlotte Ballet's repertoire. Performance opportunities are also available.
A Minor in Dance consists of a range of dance courses.
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