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Dance (Modern Dance Performance Concentration), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Norman, OK, United States
A strong tradition in dance instruction has gained the School of Dance a national reputation. Dance (Modern Dance Performance Concentration) programme is offered at the University of Oklahoma.The state-of-the art building houses dance studios, a body conditioning studio, student warm-up areas, a media and study center, dance archives, and conference rooms.
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The School of Dance fosters a professional environment devoted to performance, art, and education for dance students. Courses give students the theoretical, historical, and theatrical perspectives of dance that they need to succeed at a professional company or theater. The school's strong foundation in dance technique, coupled with OU's outstanding liberal arts tradition, produces dancers who are poised for success.

In addition to the university's admissions requirements, prospective modern dance students audition for the School of Dance as part of the application process. 

Dance magazine consistently ranks OU's School of Dance among the TOP 3 in the nation!

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma is the resident modern dance company of the University of Oklahoma. For more than 20 years, the company has performed in OU's Rupel Jones Theatre and frequently engages in regional, national, and international tours, including a tour of five major cities in Japan, China, and two tours of Paraguay.

Appearances at regional festivals and conferences have led to invitations to perform at American College Dance Festival galas and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dancers from Contemporary Dance Oklahoma have gone on to perform with the Alvin Ailey Dance Ensemble, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Muller/The Works.

Internationally known choreographers Earl Mosley, Stuart Hodes, and George White Jr. are among those who have contributed to the company's repertoire.

Dance (Modern Dance Performance Concentration) programme is offered at the University of Oklahoma

So, what's my degree?

A modern dance major graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance degree. The School of Dance also offers a Master of Fine Arts in dance degree with an emphasis in performance, pedagogy, or choreography.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intermediate Technique or Mod. Technique
  • Ballet Technique 
  • Contemporary Dance Oklahoma or Apprentice 
  • Contemporary Dance Oklahoma
  • Stage Makeup for the Dancer
  • Rehearsal and Production

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit either the OU Application, Common Application, or Coalition Application. This includes a $40, non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants.
  • Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
  • Official test scores to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official copies of any AP or CLEP test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27727 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27727 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Norman

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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