Do you see yourself working as a dancer, theatre performer or choreographer? Would studying dance, kinesthetics and theatre production enhance your major program studies? The University of Central Missouri’s minor in Dance may be an excellent choice for you.
Our Dance minor is open to all majors. Beginner classes have no prerequisites, so you can study dance, choreography and performance production even without previous training. Unlike traditional Dance minors, UCM provides you with a wide range of instruction in modern dance and ballet, as well as jazz and tap, making this a valuable program for dancers of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Expand your horizons with a Dance minor
Whether you wish to pursue a career in dance or theatre or plan to pursue an alternative path, a Dance minor from UCM will enhance your undergraduate studies. No matter your major program, you’ll diversify your skill set with Dance minor instruction in improvisation, dance techniques, kinesthetic awareness and performance production.
Ashley Miller-Scully, MFA
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Visual and Performing Arts
State-of-the-art dance studios
Student dance club
Attend regional dance conferences
Guest performances and master classes
Expertly trained faculty
No prior dance training required
The University of Central Missouri’s expansive Dance program curriculum includes courses in the technical proficiency of dance, as well as the cultural, stylistic and historical dimensions of dance and choreography.
As a Dance minor at UCM, you’ll also develop the necessary critical thinking, improvisational and compositional skill set to create your own dance performances and evaluate the quality and aesthetics of the artform.
Program courses include:
At the University of Central Missouri, we pride ourselves on getting you involved in real-world learning scenarios and providing you with the best dance facilities to work on your craft. Make the most of these benefits for Dance minors with exciting learning opportunities:
UCM’s Dance minor pairs well with dozens of major degree programs, so the outcomes are highly personalized. Many UCM graduates pursue careers in education or theatre performance and production, but the possibilities and benefits of studying dance are seemingly endless.
For example, combine a Dance minor with Education to teach in a high school and lead the school dance team. Pair the Dance minor with Nutrition, Fitness or Physical Education to work as a PE teacher or dance instructor in middle schools, high schools or private dance institutions.
Theatre performance and production professionals need a diverse skill set as well as experience in dance, choreography and design. Our Dance minor will complement your undergraduate degree program and give you the skills to work in theatre-centered positions — as well as jobs throughout the entertainment industry.
What comes after you graduate with your Dance minor?
Use the tool below to explore career paths in dance. You’ll also learn more about salary potential, job outlooks and other career data for dance professionals.
The University of Central Missouri provides you with a variety of resources to make your college education more affordable. In fact, over 90% of our undergraduates receive some kind of financial aid. Our financial advisors will help you choose from scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.
UCM offers a wide range of scholarships for freshmen, transfer students, out-of-state students and continuing students. Dance minors can also apply for scholarships reserved for students in our Theatre and Dance programs, including:
You may also qualify for scholarships through your major program of study. Learn more about program-specific scholarships using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Explore programs related to dance.
● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
● American College Dance Association (ACDA)
● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM)
● United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
● Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC)
● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews
●Theta Alpha Phi (TAP - Honorary Theatre Fraternity)
● National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)
● UCM Dance Club
● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition
The Theatre Learning Community in Nickerson Hall is designed for students minoring or majoring in Theatre. This designated living community provides close proximity to the department’s Black Box Theatre, a lounge to rehearse lines and blocking, a fully equipped dance studio and access to dining facilities.
● UCM Main Stage Production Program
● Spring Dance Concert
● Dance Class Showcase - end of each semester
● Studio Theatre One-Act Series
● Richard Herman Black Box Theatre Program
● UCM Dance Club
● Dancing With The Professors
● Opera Theatre
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