The Department of Dance has its roots in Tau Sigma, KU's honorary dance society founded in 1921. Since then, the department has evolved to become and independent entity within the School of the Arts, and offers a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) and a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in dance. You will have the opportunity to fashion your own dance program. You can combine classes in ballet, modern and jazz with courses in dance history, movement analysis, dance improvisation, choreography and dance for children.

You will have access to world-class faculty, performance opportunities, integrated training, connections to professional companies, and career guidance. Enhance your experience beyond honing your dance skills and techniques. Learn about choreography, conduct research, and grow as a leader.

Through our unique Choreography Fellowship program, students have the opportunity to audition for and perform with professional choreographers in the field. These guest artists spend two weeks in intensive training and rehearsal with our students as they set work on our University Dance Company. These connections lead to professional dance opportunities upon graduation.

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Referred to as a "national powerhouse" by the Kansas City Star, the Department of Dance here at KU offers a range of possible career options for passionate and dedicated students to choose from. Visit the KU career center webpage for more information.

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Sydney Stone
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Academic Advisor
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Michelle Heffner Hayes
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Professor & Chair, Department of Dance
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Jerel Hilding
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Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Dance
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