Dance


Your Future In Dance

Want to enter a profession that values selfexpression, intellectual investigation, creative exploration and discipline? Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Dance at the University of North Texas will prepare you for such a career.

As a Dance major, you may find career opportunities:

  • At professional dance companies performing ballet, modern, theatre and contemporary styles, as well as independent or experimental performances
  • In commercial work at theme parks or on cruise ships, in advertising, television, video and films
  • In dance criticism and writing or a related field
  • On the professional stage at musical or dance theatres, operas, and national and international festivals
  • Teaching in a school or at a studio

What we offer

We provide rigorous course work leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. In addition, we can help you earn teacher certification in Dance.

Our curriculum exposes you to a broad range of dance techniques including modern dance and ballet, jazz, tap, African and other world dance forms. You also learn about related areas such as improvisation, choreography, dance history and music for dance.

Faculty members have extensive experience as choreographers, performers, directors, educators and researchers with expertise in:

  • Computer applications to dance
  • Dance pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the choreographic process
  • Movement analysis
  • Research in dance science
  • Therapeutic approaches with movement

They’ve served as master teachers and presenters at national and international conferences and festivals. Their choreographic work has been presented by dance companies and independent performance groups throughout the nation. They’ve also been involved with international performances in Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, France and Tunisia.

You can meet other students interested in dance through the Chi Tau Epsilon national dance honor society and the DANCE UNiT student organization. DANCE UNiT also provides performance opportunities and presents choreography at its annual Daybreak Performance event. Other performance opportunities are available through events hosted by the department and the American College Dance Festival Association.

Our facilities include numerous rehearsal rooms, the University Theatre, the Studio Theatre, a computer lab and four dance studios.

Competitive scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. They’re awarded based on academic excellence and professionalism.

What to expect

You’ll need to complete an audition to move into major status.

The B.F.A. degree requires you to complete 76 credit hours in dance with strong emphases on dance technique, creative studies, dance theory and professional preparation. The B.A. degree requires 48 credit hours to be completed. Both degrees have additional course requirements in human anatomy and physiology.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.