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"dance is the hidden language of the soul"

— Martha Graham

Make A Gift

You are a mover. You dream of creating motion, choreographing performances and cultivating the minds of future dancers. Learn a variety of dance styles including modern, ballet, jazz, and more, through courses like Kinesiology, Dance History, and Improvisation. The dance program at Winthrop University includes a well-rounded exploration of dance as well as rigorous study within each emphasis. Students participate in studio-based practices and explorations as well as performances and other educational offerings. Our program offers small class sizes and personalized attention that sets us apart from larger institutions. 


About the Program

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Nationally accredited

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

 

degrees

•Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in dance

•Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in dance with k-12 teacher certification


UPCOMING EVENTS

We sponsor over 100 performances annually, most of which are free of charge and open to the general public! View our upcoming events calendar below. 


mission statement

The dance program at Winthrop University prepares students for careers and future study in dance by fostering their aesthetic, technical, intellectual, and creative development within the context of a liberal arts education. In order to achieve this mission, the program provides students with opportunities to participate in studio-based practices and explorations as well as performance and other relevant educational offerings. The program serves both the university and local community in enhancing their knowledge of the discipline of dance from a holistic perspective, including the political, historical, cultural, and technological events that have contributed to its evolution. 

 

    • To provide a developmentally sequenced curriculum of studio and theory courses that exposes dance majors and minors to a breadth of skills, knowledge, and critical thinking.

    • To nurture artistic leadership in students through opportunities to perform, choreograph, teach, design, stage manage, participate in internships, and be involved in professional organizations.

    • To promote collaborative experiences that develop students' communication skills, appreciation of diversity, and adaptability to change in all artistic and interdisciplinary endeavors.

    • To prepare students for successful careers as educational leaders in public and private K-12 education.


Explore DEGREE PROGRAMS

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B.A. Dance

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

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B.A. Dance Education

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Where will you perform?

Explore Spaces

From the main stage to the classroom. We have what you need to excel and expand your creativity.

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Student Work

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Meet our Team

Meet the people who are shaping the next generation of dancers and dance educators.

THEATRE & DANCE FACULTY AND STAFF

Daniel Gordon, Chair

Daniel Gordon, Chair

The Department of Theatre & Dance

Office: 115 Johnson Hall
Phone: 803/323-2287
E-mail: theatredance@winthrop.edu


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