Undergraduate Program Information

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.  Students who wish to extend dance study beyond the BA curriculum and propose their own projects do so through the Certificate for Advanced Dance Studies.  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.  A Minor in Dance is available. 

Spring 2017 Concert photoThe Bachelor of Arts in Dance with concentration in Performance, Choreography and Theory, is a comprehensive program of classes in technique and performance, 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 part of student organizations, MOVE and Range of Motion, students produce their own dance concerts. The Department offers field study experiences in New York and to American College Dance Festival and a dance-dedicated study abroad experience in Italy. 

BA students are encouraged to deepen and individualize their work through the Certificate for Advanced Dance Studies, Professional Training Certificate in Dance, or by double majoring.  By pairing dance and another major, our students have forged careers in dance therapy (dance and psychology), arts marketing (dance and marketing), and physical therapy for dance (dance and physical therapy).

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

Undergraduate Program Information
Dance, Performance, Choreography, and Theory Concentration, BA.
Academic Plans of Study

For more information, contact Performing Arts Advisor Hannah Harrell, hbharrel@uncc.edu.

 

Student teaching photo

The Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education at UNC Charlotte is strong and vibrant, yielding future educators who teach, perform, and create dance. Prospective teachers learn best teaching practices andhone pedagogical skills while simultaneously discovering their artistic voices and deepening their physical understandings of dance. Through a focus in concept-based pedagogical methods, this program
prepares students for dance education in the 21st century to teach in a variety of settings, including public schools, community centers, and private dance studios. In addition to student teaching and other clinical experiences in the public schools, students participate in site-specific dance-making, internships, and performance and creative outreach in the community. Through these ventures, students learn that dance education encompasses not only teaching, but also the creation and performance of artistic work as a means for educating others about dance.

The concentration in Dance Education follows the core curriculum of the BA in Dance with additional coursework in dance education offered through the Department and the CATO 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. 

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

Undergraduate Program Information
Dance, Dance Education Concentration, BA
Academic Plans of Study

For more information, contact Arts Education Specialist Tesh Ramey, hramey@uncc.edu or Dance Education Coordinator Rachel Barker, rbarke10@uncc.edu.

 

Certificate in Advanced Dance Studies photo

The Certificate in Advanced Dance Studies allows students already enrolled in the BA in Dance degree an opportunity to deepen and focus their study, and provides them with an additional credential. Certificate courses help students develop an area of interest, prepare them to undertake an individual final project, performance, or internship, and provide them with skills needed to work in dance community settings. As appropriate to our work as an Urban Research University, the Certificate allows the Department to serve community dance organizations (dance studios, YMCAs, Charlotte Ballet, and dance companies), while providing students with professional experiences.

Our 21 credit hour Certificate for Advanced Dance Studies has been approved by the university and is now under consideration by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  Enrollment should begin in January 2018.

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

Certificate Program
Advanced Dance Studies, Undergraduate Certificate

For more information, contact Performing Arts Advisor Hannah Harrell, hbharrel@uncc.edu.

 

Professional Training Certificate in DanceProfessional Training Certificate Photo- In conjunction with Charlotte’s professional dance company, Charlotte Ballet, UNC Charlotte offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for degree seeking students specializing in ballet performance. The unique partnership provides professional ballet training while earning a college degree.

Open by audition, the two-year, 16 credit hour, Professional Training Certificate provides classes with expert teachers at the Charlotte Ballet Academy.  Training in a professional dance environment puts students in contact with internationally acclaimed teachers such as Patricia McBride and gives them the opportunity to get an exclusive glimpse into the professional world of dance. The Certificate is awarded upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.  Pre-college credit is also available to high school students through this program.

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

Certificate Program
Dance, Professional Training, Undergraduate Certificate

 

Minor in Dance photo

The Minor in Dance consists of 23-25 credit hours. Students will take technique, theory, performance and elective courses.

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

 

For more information, contact

Office of Admissions
UNC Charlotte
704-687-5507
admissions@uncc.edu
 

Ayisha McMillan Cravotta, Director
Charlotte Ballet Academy
acravotta@charlotteballet.org

Delia Neil
Coordinator, Professional Training Certificate in Dance
UNC Charlotte Department of Dance
704-687-0216
dlneil@uncc.edu