Dance | Winthrop University


Bachelor of Arts

Students majoring in dance at Winthrop University will experience a program that encourages a breadth of knowledge that includes many different styles of dance. All dance majors have opportunities to assume artistic leadership roles during their academic careers in the department. Advanced students take on solo performance roles, stage management positions and choreograph pieces in student concerts. Very few undergraduate programs offer these many opportunities for students to perform, design, direct, choreograph, stage manage and run productions.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Beaufort County Schools
  • BEGINNINGS For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.
  • Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
  • Center for Emotional Health
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Clover High School
  • Connections Academy
  • Georgia State University
  • Greenville County Schools
  • NAF
  • National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)
  • Riverwalk Academy
  • Smithfield Elementary School
  • South Carolina Department Of Mental Health
  • Surry Community College
  • York County School Division
  • York Technical College

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Area Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Dance Educator
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dance Teacher
  • Director of Finance
  • Manager
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Practice Administrator
  • President
  • Professional School Counselor
  • Program Manager
  • School Counselor
  • School Counselor/Testing Coordinator
  • Teacher

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Higher Education
  2. Education Management
  3. Primary/Secondary Education
  4. Retail
  5. Primary and Secondary Education
  6. Hospitals and Health Care
  7. Health, Wellness and Fitness
  8. Entertainment
  9. Hospital & Health Care
  10. Airlines/Aviation

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

The B.A. degree in dance aligns with the university's liberal arts-based vision of education that encourages breadth of knowledge. Faculty shape class projects and mentor students in production work in a way that promotes collaboration — an essential skill for success in the performing arts and a very valuable skill in any profession.

All majors complete a core curriculum that exposes them to the broad range of dance technique and studies. This core curriculum includes courses in performance (modern, ballet, jazz technique and choreography), production (technical production and performance skills) and theory (music theory, kinesiology and dance history).

    Students continue with focused studio work in modern and ballet technique as well as courses in advanced choreography, dance pedagogy, and career development. They select a minor to complement their dance studies.


    Students pursuing the focused, professional degree program in teacher education take advanced courses in pedagogy, ballet and modern technique and career development. They will graduate with both a B.A. in Dance and a K-12 Teacher Certification through the College of Education.


Why Winthrop?

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Nationally Accredited

Our dance program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

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Student Performances

Each year, the department presents one main stage dance production, two student choreography showcases, and as many as six studio dance/theatre productions and other informal performances.

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Continued Success

Students seeking employment after graduating with a degree in dance education have a 100 percent job placement rate.

Hear From Our Students and Faculty

Beyond Graduation

"My degree from Winthrop has provided me with many opportunities post-graduation. It allowed me to work for an amazing dance and cirque company, Caroline Calouche & Co. Because my degree is in dance and education, it allowed me to dance professionally as well as do educational outreach work for the same company. Along with this, I have connected with other dancers who attended Winthrop before I went there. This allowed me to create relationships with other Winthrop Alumni and bond over our shared experiences. The best experience at Winthrop that has impacted my career was participating in the dance performances. I was provided many opportunities to perform at Winthrop in shows such as Winthrop Dance Theater, Junior Showcase, Senior Showcase and Winthrop Repertory group. Participating in all of these performance opportunities allowed me to refine my craft by finessing my dance and performance skills."

Kaila Dockal, class of 2016