What You’ll Learn

Dance education will challenge you with curriculum firmly rooted in the technical study of contemporary dance. We'll encourage you to verbalize the complexities of unspoken art and push you to demonstrate discipline and a desire for technical mastery. Each course is designed to guide you on the path to becoming an articulate leader and arts advocate through a proficiency in performance and choreography.

In addition to learning strong dance fundamentals, when you graduate, you'll also receive your teaching certification and be ready to teach classes of your own.

Career Opportunities

All dance majors are required to complete an internship or project aimed at preparing you for a position within the arts community. Columbia College dancers have accepted positions or internships in choreography, teaching, and arts administration at:

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington, DC
  • Fine Arts Center | Greenville, SC
  • Georgetown Performing Dance Arts Foundation | Georgetown, SC
  • National Dance Education Organization | Silver Spring, MD
  • The Power Company | Columbia, SC
  • South Carolina Center for Dance Education | Columbia, SC
  • South Carolina Arts Commission | Columbia, SC

The Columbia College Difference

As a dance education major you'll be a part of the Columbia College Dance Company (CCDC) where you'll develop both your technical dance skills and your choreography, production, and leadership abilities during student made dance productions.

Dance Requirements

1. Audition (optional)

Although an audition is not required for you to declare as a major, it is required before scholarship considerations are made. Dance studies scholarships are highly competitive and are available to both incoming first-years and transfer students.

2. Assessment

Your first year at Columbia College serves as an evaluation period during which your work ethic, interests, and discipline will be weighed. Dance advisors will guide you through the assessment process and help sharpen your technical skills before your official evaluation.

3. Acceptance

Formal acceptance into the dance program happens at the start of your second year. Dance advisors will continue to evaluate you once a semester during individual meetings and one-on-one reviews as they guide you through the next two years.

4. Senior Capstone and Showcase

During your final year, you'll participate in a capstone leadership semester and senior showcase.

Columbia College Dance Education is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education.