Get Your Degree in Dance

The dance program offers a community to encourage your unique artistic expression. We focus on academic excellence, social justice, and leadership to equip dancers as collaborative performers, choreographers, teachers, scholars, and engaged professionals within the diverse contemporary dance field. Through our balance of performance and theory, we prepare you to lead and flourish in your career.

Dance Program Highlights

  • 100% job placement for Dance Education.
  • Participate in the Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC) with travel opportunities to perform nationally and internationally.
  • Ask about Dance scholarship opportunities
  • Begin developing choreography within the first year of study.
  • Learn dance with a holistic perspective from an NASD-accredited school and recognized by the S.C. Department of Education. 
  • Explore opportunities with Call Me MiSTER, which supports teachers from under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged, and educationally at-risk communities.
Dance Concerts




Modality & Benefits

Get a traditional college experience with lively in-person classroom discussions and close proximity to your professors, mentors, and best friends. 

Start Dates: 

January & August  

  • Semester-Based Timeline
  • Face-to-Face Instruction (some Online options)
  • In-Person Office Hours & Support
  • Relationships & Networking
  • Extracurriculars & Immersive Campus Experience

Dance Curriculum

Major & Minor Requirements

Popular Dance Classes

  • Dance Production  
    Gain technical production skills for theatre performances. 
  • Choreography
    Develop personal authority through dance composition and aesthetic practice.
  • Topics in Contemporary Dance History
    Acquire technical and expressive knowledge through contemporary dance studies.

Get Your Dance Career Moving

The job outlook for dancers and choreographers is very high, with overall employment growing 27% between 2021 and 2031 (BLS). 

Promote Expression and Poise

  • Choreographer
  • Dance Instructor
  • Stage Manager
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dance Photographer


  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC)
  • Greenville Fine Arts Center
  • Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theatre (LA)
  • Gibney Dance Center (NYC)

Graduate School

  • Temple University 
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Arizona State University
  • Florida State

1-Year M.Ed. Degrees

Specialize with in-demand topics and become even more marketable with a master's degree. Our M.Ed. programs cultivate your leadership potential with purpose. Check out our 1-year Master's degrees.

Student Experiences

Student Experiences

"Being a dance major and a member of the Columbia College Dance Company has changed my views on dance, the world, and how I see myself as an active member in both."

Sara Monts

Class of 2021


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