Why Dance at Illinois?

Join the Dance at Illinois BFA ProgramBe Part of a Vibrant Program

Called "progressive" by the New York Times, Dance at Illinois is one of the most respected departments in the United States. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, our program has been consistently considered one of the top dance departments in the United States, and works performed by Illinois dancers have been featured at American College Dance Festival Association conferences. Our highly acclaimed faculty members are practicing artists, teachers, and scholars, and our guest dance makers bring traditions from other cultures and expertise in numerous movement forms. Beyond a grounding in dance, we offer deep engagement in the creative process through collaborations with artists in theatre, engineering, the visual arts, music, architecture, and other disciplines on campus.

Develop Your Dance Skills

We will help you develop the core dance techniques and the breadth of knowledge you'll need to negotiate the professional demands of the field, including

  • How to efficiently use your body to remain injury free
  • How to increase your adaptability and quickly master movements
  • How to contribute to the choreographic process
  • How to teach dance techniques to others
  • How to produce high-quality concerts
  • How to market yourself as a dancer, choreographer, and professional artist

Build Life Skills

Becoming a dancer prepares you for success no matter where you head after graduation.

  • Discipline, determination, awareness, and concentration are key to a dancer's practice.
  • Mindful attention to the body and studying dance science teach you about health and well-being.
  • Social and communication skills are honed through physical risk taking and group interactions.
  • Creative problem solving and rigorous inquiry fuel choreography, rehearsals, and performances.

Pursuing a dance degree opens doors to job opportunities in education, fitness, movement practices, writing, arts administration, technical theatre fields, and visual technology.

Join a Network of Professionals

Our alumni are a powerful force in the dance world. They work as artistic directors, choreographers, performers, and teachers of dance, as well as professionals in related fields such as health and wellness, dance history, and dance criticism.

Our graduates have impressive credits:

"I feel that my education at Dance at Illinois has served me tremendously! It has given me tools to create my career and my life. The knowledge I gained from the experience was applicable not only to performing and artistry but also to working with others, communicating effectively, learning how to create opportunities, and locating resources."

—Aaron White (BFA 2011), MFA candidate at New York University