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University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

324 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208

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Social MediaFacebook: @UofSCTheaDance | Twitter: @UofSC_TheaDance | Instagram: @uofsc_theadance
Department Contact: Jennifer Deckert, Dance Program Coordinator and Associate Dept. Chair

Campus Setting: Urban
Dept Founded: n/a
Dept Accreditations: National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)

Cost of Room & Board: $8,654
Undergraduate Tuition per year (in state/out of state): $12,288/$18,480 - $33,528
Graduate Tuition per year (in state/out of state): n/a
Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid: n/a
Scholarships Available for Incoming Students: Yes
Are Need-based Scholarships Offered: No
Are Merit-based Scholarships Offered: Yes


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Description of Program: The UofSC undergraduate dance program combines a rigorous studio environment with the depth and breadth of liberal arts education. The program maintains an active guest-artist program bringing in professional directors, choreographers, actors, dancers and designers from all over the world to work with students. As a dance major, you will be exposed to experiences that will help you develop professional-level training, performance, technique, and pedagogical abilities. It is the mission of the Dance Program to prepare emerging leaders and future professionals who can successfully function in a variety of career paths within and outside of the field of dance. To achieve this mission, curriculum, pedagogy, and faculty research focus on dance as a catalyst for critical thinking, community outreach, and advocacy while maintaining high-quality artistic collaborations at the core of educational experiences.

The B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography is designed for those who wish to obtain a broad undergraduate liberal arts experience and grow as an artist in a rigorous dance classroom and studio environment. Students are provided with a variety of dance studies that stress performance and choreography, and, at the same time, intellectual depth and scope. The program offers a diverse repertory that offers you the opportunity to gain a sound foundation of guided practice in the disciplines and principles of ballet and contemporary dance. The Performance and Choreography emphasis also requires students to pursue a minor or cognate in another discipline outside of dance, allowing the students to combine their interests and build upon their university experience. Students may also choose to double major. Admission is dependent on an audition.

In conjunction with the College of Education, the UofSC dance program offers an opportunity to pursue South Carolina K-12 Teacher’s Certification in addition to pursuing a degree in dance. Dance Education students participate fully in technique classes and performances while also earning a certification to teach in a public or private school in the state of South Carolina and other states. The teacher certification program requires additional coursework, including a semester of student teaching. Admission is dependent on an audition and interview with the Head of Dance Education. The UofSC Dance program offers a minor in dance, as well, requiring 18 hours of study.

Auditions are not required for prospective dance minors. For more information on auditioning and to submit an application, visit

Alumni Connections and Careers

Many of our graduates perform professionally after graduation or find placement as dance educators, while others begin careers in a wide variety of non-dance fields.

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