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Dance, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
The James Madison University Dance Program is part of the School of Theatre and Dance and presently offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. The focus of the Dance Program is to develop each student's abilities as a performer, choreographer and movement instructor. 


Developing critical and creative thought through written expression and discussion is also emphasized. Attention is given to the tools necessary to create, perform, produce and appreciate the art of dance. Faculty members work closely with each student in defining their individual path to a career in dance.

A combination of liberal arts curriculum and an intensive study of dance with many opportunities to perform gives the student a well-rounded education and the technical skills to pursue a dance-related career. The James Madison University Dance Program offers progressive levels of modern and ballet technique, dance composition, history of dance, performance production and management, repertory ensembles and teaching methods. Other dance courses include jazz, tap, ballroom, improvisation and international folk. Included in the program is also a dance minor which can be combined with many academic majors offered by the university.

Program objectives:

  • The student shall develop an articulate individual choreographic voice, through coursework in improvisation and composition, frequent feedback from faculty and peers, and substantial opportunities to present work in both formal and informal settings
  • The student shall develop creative potential as a performer, through training which emphasizes the integration of technical and expressive skills.
  • The student shall have opportunities to develop rehearsal and performance skills through participation in one or more of the following: the Associate Group Dance Repertory, Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company in works by self, peers, faculty, and guest choreographers.
  • The student shall demonstrate knowledge of the historical, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of dance past and present, including people, places, and events that have influenced the development of dance as an art form, and the varying roles of dance and dance artists in society and world culture through coursework, the Master Class Series, and guest artist residencies.
  • The student shall demonstrate the ability to analyze, write, and speak about dance, creativity, and artistic processes in course assignments that require the integration of theoretical knowledge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    15/01/2020  National Deadline 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dance Improvisation 
  • History of Dance: Renaissance Through the 20th Century
  • Dance Techniques
  • Folk or Ballroom Techniques

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
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