CTSA Academic Departments - Dance

The Dance Department at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts is a vibrant place where innovative teachers encourage students who are eager to make a life in the Arts. Having a dance department within a major research university offers experiences inside the classroom that are enhanced by experiences in the outside world. One vehicle is the faculty’s ongoing commitment to national and international research that involves their students whenever possible. Students are encouraged to cultivate their imagination, make the most of opportunities, and seek out new areas of inquiry, knowledge and creativity. Here, dance students learn to interpret the world through the prism of a diverse dance education and to imagine a world where they can create meaning and make a difference.

The Dance program offers a comprehensive education that includes the techniques of ballet, modern, jazz, tap and selected world dance forms and improvisation.  Other areas of study include choreography, dance and technology, dance history, critical issues in dance, music for dancers, Laban notation, dance training methods, dance costume design, and dance science.

Numerous performing opportunities exist for students, including four annual dance concerts produced by the Dance Department.  Graduates of the program have entered ballet companies, modern dance companies, national tours of musicals, and have appeared in films and on television.  Admission to Dance is by audition in ballet, modern and jazz, with auditions being held in late January. 

Dance Department:  dance.arts.uci.edu