The Department of Dance provides a unique liberal arts experience where students thrive by engaging across difference and critically investigating the world through creative processes.
The Department of Dance is committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. These values are central to the Department’s curriculum, scholarship, teaching, artmaking practices, and programming. Each student will engage with these values through curricular, intellectual, artistic, and personal endeavors. We commit to: finding strength in our diversity, cultivating multiple perspectives, eliminating barriers to participation in the field, and fostering social justice. We uphold these values in our classes, rehearsals, play selections, casting, and our collaborative artistic processes. We continuously build more inclusive and equitable dance by foregrounding marginalized peoples and histories in our planning and policy decisions. We value creative engagement at the crossroads of theatre, dance and social justice; traditional and non-traditional theatre and dance making practices both on and off stage.
As artist-scholars from very different disciplines, we engage with students in solving complex problems through high impact learning experiences that develop critical thinking, an appreciation for complexity and context, and the ability to communicate clearly in a variety of ‘languages’ (verbal, visual, aural, spatial, behavioral, kinesthetic). While many of our students go on to pursue a life in the performing arts, our fundamental mission is for all of our students to develop as well-rounded individuals with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills, in order to think and act creatively in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging local and global reality.
Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).
International Admission Requirements
English Proficiency Policy
You can demonstrate English proficiency by:
- Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
- Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
- Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
- Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
- Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The Dance Major & Minor courses
- Ballet II
- Advanced Ballet
- Pointe & Variations
- University Dancers
- Jazz II
- Advanced Jazz
- Contact Improvisation
- Contemporary Dance I
- Writing from the Body: Words and Movement
- Contemporary Dance II
- Global Dance Forms
- Advanced Contemporary Dance
- Special Topics in Dance Technique
Three units, chosen from:
- Movement Improvisation
- Choreography I
- Collaborative Arts Lab: Dance, Humanities & Technology
- Choreography II
- Independent Study
One unit, chosen from:
- Human Kinetics for Dance
- Special Topics in Somatics
Two units (must include one unit of History), chosen from:
- Dance History-Theory I
- Dance History-Theory II
- Special Topics in Critical Inquiry
One unit, chosen from:
- Text and Performance
- Sound Design
- Lighting Design
- Costume Design
One unit, chosen from:
- Senior Thesis - Capstone
Critical Inquiry - Somatic Studies - Design
Introduction to Lighting and Sound
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.
Skills You Will Gain as a Dance Major
- Ability to think critically
- Appreciation for historical and theoretical perspectives
- Attention to Analysis
- Communication of ideas effectively
- Consideration of diverse points of view
- Creative collaboration
- Creative problem solving
About this institute
University of Richmond
Located six miles from a vibrant capital city, the University of Richmond provides a collaborative learning and research environment unlike any other, offering 3,000 undergraduates from 70+ countries an extraordinary combination of the liberal arts and sciences with a top-ranked...
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